I’m not sure on whom this reflects more poorly, Alcee Hastings (D-FL, ex-Judge, 1 of 8 fed officials ever successfully impeached, now sometimes spokesman for your Democratic Party), or HuffPo for actually reporting this nonsense.

But it’s out there, and has been picked up many places, so here you go from HuffPo’s Jennifer Bendery, Allen West Sends Chick-Fil-A To Black Caucus Meeting And Offends Everyone, Says Dem Rep (h/t CassandraLite):

A Democratic lawmaker says Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus by delivering Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to their weekly meeting — and then walking out — when it was his turn to provide the group with a formal lunch.

This was just recently after the Chick-fil-A controversy broke, right?  No, it happened six months ago, HuffPo just decided to run the story anyway:

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told The Huffington Post that the incident happened about six months ago but is now fresh in his mind given West’s recent comments in support of the fast food chain, which is run by a well-known Christian and backer of anti-gay religious organizations. Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy last week sparked a nationwide response from gay rights activists after publicly denouncing marriage equality.

And the problem was? Read the HuffPo article, it’s pretty clear that the CBC did not consider chicken and biscuits sufficiently sumptuous:

“We have a rotation in the Congressional Black Caucus where every member provides the lunch one of the weeks when we meet,” Hastings said in a Monday interview. The lunches, he said, are often quite delicious.

“We have fried chicken. And we have catfish and BBQ. We do not have watermelon, although sometimes people will have fruit. We serve a full course meal with collard greens. We have Jamaican beans and rice,” Hastings said. But West “sent Chick-fil-A with biscuits. Ok?”

“That was an ‘in your face.’ Every member of the Congressional Black Caucus that was there was offended,” he said.

But HuffPo, being the keen investigative journal that it is, didn’t accept “not sufficiently sumptuous” for an answer, it probed:

Asked more specifically why lawmakers were insulted, Hastings said it was because they saw West’s actions as making a statement in support of the conservative views held by Chick-fil-A leaders. West is the only Republican member of the caucus.

“He did it deliberately,” Hastings said, explaining that he saw West’s message as, “You know, ‘That’s what I think of you all.'”

Believe it or not (I do), this story has received a fair amount of play, including at ABC News and NBC News.

To quote Hastings, “He did it deliberately [to say] ‘You know, That’s what I think of you.'”

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