PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Former U.S. Congressman and current Fox News contributor Allen West (R-Fl.) today announced that he has decided to “leave the United States and find a new, more pro-American home somewhere else.” West’s plan is apparently motivated by a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad, which featured “America the Beautiful” sung in several languages other than English—a display that West calls “shocking and borderline treasonous.”
“I about fainted when I saw that commercial,” West wrote on his blog. “If we cannot be proud enough as a country to sing ‘American the Beautiful’ in English in a commercial during the Super Bowl, by a company as American as they come — doggone we are on the road to perdition. This was a truly disturbing commercial for me—sort of like watching 9/11 happen all over again.
West—who served only one term in the House of Representatives before being defeated by a Democrat—said that as soon as the “words went from English to languages [he] didn’t recognize,” he knew he could no longer live in a country that “seems to intent on destroying American values.”
“If we can’t sing ‘America the Beautiful’ in the American tongue, it’s not really America anymore, and I simply need to find a place that’s more American than here,” West declared, adding, “I really like America.”
West is not the only conservative expressing outrage over the commercial. Todd Starnes, another Fox contributor, offered his opinion of the ad by tweeting that “Coca-Cola is the official soft drink of illegals crossing the border.” Starnes has not yet announced plans to leave the United States, but did say that he “hasn’t ruled out suicide as a protest against this America-hating commercial.”
Coca-Cola’s Facebook page was also inundated with comments from conservatives outraged over the multilingual rendition of “the National Anthem,” with many pledging to boycott Coke products or flee the country like West.
Asked on Monday where he plans to go, West said that he hasn’t decided yet. “Seems to me, there are plenty of places where people still live by American principles,” West explained. “Like, for instance, Australia. You don’t see people singing the National Anthem in Swahili or whatever-the-hell down there, do you? Nope, it’s all English all the time—and I hear their beaches are great.”