(POLITICO) Rep. Allen West channeled Joe McCarthy in a town hall event in Florida that he’s “heard” that up to 80 House Democrats are Communist Party members, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The Florida Republican, and tea party favorite, was speaking at Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday but didn’t go as far as to say names he’d heard or from whom.

But at the same event, West said that he was referring to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest Democratic caucus, which has more than 75 members.

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