- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Former Congressman Allen West blasted the “faux leaders” and “race baiters” of the George Zimmerman case on Wednesday, specifically calling out Rev. Al Sharpton and Attorney General Eric Holder for turning the trial into a race issue.

“It depends on what you want to talk about. Do you really want to talk about the issues that are confronting the black community or do you want to talk about the politically manufactured crises that you have these faux leaders and these race baiters that are out there, you know, promoting it,” The Republican said during a Fox News Radio interview, according to Politico.

“If we want to have these media frenzy-created crises, or someone like an Al Sharpton running around all over the country like a charlatan that he is, then we’re not talking about the real issues and we’re not having the real conversations about race,” Mr. West said, adding that unemployment, education and family are the biggest issues facing black families.

“We’re never going to have an honest conversation when you have someone like Attorney General Eric Holder that stands up in front of the NAACP and basically says, you know, we’re going to manipulate the law to give you your quote-unquote social justice.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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