Corn on Hardball: Why Hasn’t the Right Condemned Ted Nugent and Allen West’s Comments?

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Mother Jones‘ DC bureau chief David Corn and the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson joined host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball to discuss the controversy over incendiary remarks made against the Democrat party by US Rep. Allen West and right-wing rocker Ted Nugent. At a town hall meeting in Florida last week, Rep. West told voters that somewhere between 78 to 81 Democratic congressional members are Communists. He refuses to apologize for his claims.

Elsewhere, Nugent is in hot water for statements he made at a National Rifle Association convention. “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said. The Secret Service confirmed today it will question Nugent over his statements. So far, the right has not condemned Rep. West or Nugent for their comments.

David Corn is Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief. For more of his stories, click here. He’s also on Twitter.

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