Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) says he is not apologizing to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for attacking the Florida Democrat in an e-mail.
“That is not happening,” West told Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney Thursday morning when asked whether he plans to apologize to Wasserman Schultz, who is the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
“This is a pattern I referred to in that e-mail that goes back to 2010. Finally I think I have the right to stand up and defend my honor and make sure that this type of activity does cease. I sent her a private e-mail, she decided to make it public by releasing it to the news media.”
In his message to Wasserman Schultz, which he copied to House Republican and Democratic leaders, West said that the lawmaker was “not a Lady” for criticizing his support for the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan in remarks on the House floor. West also called the Democrat “vile” and “despicable” and said that she should “shut the heck up.”
A group of five House Democratic women on Wednesday called on House leaders to rebuke West for his remarks; leadership has yet to weigh in on the incident.
Asked Thursday whether he would change any of the language he used in the e-mail to Wasserman Schultz, West said he wouldn’t.
“There are certain ways we speak in the military and I guess I have not learned the D.C. insider talk that these people are used to,” said West, a 22-year Army veteran. “Don’t poke me in the chest. That’s the bottom line to that exchange.”
Both West and Democratic groups have sought to use the e-mail to raise money from supporters in the days since the incident.
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