Allen West: Obama Comments on Trayvon Martin "Horrific"

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Former U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is weighing in on remarks made by President Obama about Trayvon Martin's death. And he's not impressed.

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Obama said Martin could have been him 35 years ago, and that African-Americans view the case "through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away."

West was turned off by Obama attempting to insert himself into the case:

"I believe it comes back to being a respectful young man and maybe that's something that was missing out of President Obama and Trayvon Martin's life."

"But to try to [make this] a personal experience is just absolutely horrific."

Obama said there are "few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store."

"That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars."

West says he has never experienced the stereotypes Obama described.

"I don’t recall being followed in malls or shopping centers," he said.

"I don’t recall car doors clicking locked when I walk across the street, And I definitely have not had women clutching their purses when I got on the elevator."

In March, West railed against the police's handling of the Martin case, calling it an "outrage." He also added that race should not be brought into the matter:

"From my reading, it seems this young man was pursued and there was no probable cause to engage him, certainly not pursue and shoot him."

"Let’s all be appalled at this instance not because of race, but simply because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason."

West retired from the military after a 22-year career and entered politics in 2008, losing his first run for U.S. Congress before winning a seat in 2010.

Last year, he lost his bid for a second term.

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Obama was not professional.. no president makes the justice look that bad. Oj didn't get a president make a speech on him. Why don't Obama focuse on our soldiers? He's a big prick

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You know, Barack and all you race-obsessed "activists", we would forget about race and move on if you would just SHUT UP about it already. It just starts to sound like whining after a while.

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I do not believe he is telling the truth. He has never been subjected to this kind of behavior in his life. LIE. To blame it on not being a respectful young man is bull. Unfortunately, color is always the first thing ignorant people see. I have raised two African American sons; both are "respectful young men" as he so put it, in an area that is mostly non-black. I have witnessed my sons being followed in stores; me watching the person doing the watching, a woman pulling her bag tighter as my 13-year-old runs towards me with a box of pop-tarts. Yes, I have seen this and many more negative race inspired actions directed at my straight student athletes. Both NEVER been in trouble with the law or arrested, but because they are continually profiled they subjected to this disrespectful treatment for only one reason; the color of their skin. America denies that this behavior exists. Until you experience it, you cannot understand it. Several years ago, there was a show called Black: White that addressed walking in the world as a black person if you were white or a white person if you were black. Before you deny it, try it. My husband and sons know what it means to be on the endangered species list because they are black men. We had to teach them how to be men, but more specifically how to be black men; the do’s and don’ts. Do believe things will change, and don’t judge people by their race. Most people are good at heart.

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@casy @aly @gowesttoungmangowesttoungman... holy crap first I read a sensible article on THG, then people are commenting with reasonable comments. This is the best day ever, but my head just exploded lol... I agree with everything, except the effing spammer marie

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I agree with West. Obama should be no where involved in this case. There's a thing called the Constitution where there is the dividing of powers. The president has NOTHING to do with the judicial system and vice versa

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West is one of the moral fibers of this country. It's a damn shame most blacks are still on the Government tit. They can't think for themselves and it's been going on for generations. It's so much easier to bitch and complain than actually take responsibility for your like.

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West is so right. This should not be about race, and Obama sure as hell shouldn't be commenting and trying to make this personal to him. My husband is black and is disgusted at how the media has dealt with this and riled up everyone's emotions, pitting people against each other, to make this about race. It was a very unfortunate situation but it is not about race.