Allen West rips ‘cowards’ who walked out on his Middle East speech in Chicagoby George Bennett | April 22nd, 2014
Former Rep. Allen West of Palm Beach Gardens spoke about the Middle East at DePaul University in Chicago on Monday night and, according to West’s account, nearly half his audience staged a walkout.
“I guess the truth hurts,” West wrote on his website.
Conservative Republican West was no stranger to controversy during his stormy single term in Congress (here’s one example, and here’s another), and he seemed to relish ticking off a segment of his audience at DePaul.
“But I had my own fun at DePaul. As I stood waiting to speak and surveyed the crowd, it was easy to pick out the ones there to make some protest statement — especially on a college campus where the topic was the Middle East and the Israeli-Arab situation,” West wrote.
West said it was after he made remarks critical of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its late leader Yasser Arafat that about 30 people in the crowd of 70 walked out “at the command of some individual…To me they were cowards who refused to hear anything that countered their radical agenda.”
West wrote that the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict must be based on “a recognition of the right for the Jewish state to exist. There has to be a renouncing of Islamic terrorism.”