Republican Congressman Allen West took a dig at Samuel L. Jackson while responding to the actor voicing his opinion on the Tea Party. Echoing sentiments of another Hollywood star, Morgan Freeman, Jackson told New York Magazine on Tuesday,
“It’s pretty obvious what they are… The division of the country is not about the government having too much power. I think everything right now is geared toward getting that guy out of office, whatever that means…It all boils down to pretty much to race. It is a shame.”
As a guest on right wing bastion, Fox News, West replied,
“I think Samuel Jackson needs to pay more attention to the upcoming release of the movie ‘Avengers’ next summer and not [get] concerned with the politics and policies of the failed administration.”
Tea Party token and sole Republican CBC member, Allen West accused Jackson of sharing an uninformed opinion, shifting criticism from the Tea Party to the Obama Administration. West told Fox, “Samuel L. Jackson, I guess, disregards the 16.7 percent unemployment rate in the black community, a 20 percent unemployment rate for black adult males and a 45-46 percent unemployment for black teenagers. I think the racism that he is talking about is coming out of the White House and this administration.”
West went on to warn folks such as Jackson not to “scapegoat” the right-leaning Tea Party movement citing their so-called efforts to reduce the unemployment in the Black community. However beneath the undercurrent of self-hate, Allen’s cautionary “don’t concern yourself with politics” message to Jackson seems to discourage the actor’s right to freedom of speech and exudes a vibe that resembles something anti-democratic.