Former Congressman Allen West, who is running to be governor of Texas, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 — but insisted it’s made him “even more dedicated to fighting against vaccine mandates.”
The 60-year-old Tea Party firebrand announced Saturday that he and his wife, Angela West, had both tested positive — two days after he celebrated being at a fundraising gala with a “packed house.”
“My chest X-rays do show COVID pneumonia,” he tweeted, insisting it was “not serious” before confirming later that he’d been hospitalized.
“Angela was released to go home but there were concerns of COVID-related pneumonia for me,” said West, who confirmed he had not been vaccinated, unlike his quick-recovering wife.
He praised staff at Medical City hospital in Plano for “not forcing any harmful protocols on me,” saying he’s instead had monoclonal antibody infusion therapy as well as taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
“I can attest that, after this experience, I am even more dedicated to fighting against vaccine mandates,” West treated from his hospital bed.
Former Congressman Allen West, who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has said he is still determined to fight COVID-19 vaccine mandates. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
“Instead of jabbing Americans, and not illegal immigrants, with a dangerous shot which injects them with these spike proteins … guess what? I now have natural immunity and double the antibodies, and that’s science,” he wrote.
He vowed that “as Governor of Texas, I will vehemently crush anyone forcing vaccine mandates in the Lone Star State.”
“Our bodies are our last sanctuary of liberty and freedom,” he wrote.
“I will defend that for everyone, even the progressive socialist jackasses who must be saved from themselves,” he tweeted.
He continued the message Monday, attacking “propaganda commercials of people who lost loved ones to COVID saying they wish they had taken the shot” as a form of government “manipulative deception.”
“Why not promote protocols such as Regeneron monoclonal antibody infusion therapy? Why not promote Budesonide nebulizer treatments?
“Why not promote healthy over-the-counter therapies such as zinc — which I take — D3, vitamin C, Hydroxychloroquine, and yes, Ivermectin?” he asked.
“I am thankful that the medical professionals here at Medical City listened to me … not some boilerplate CDC, Dr Fauci, or Texas Medical Board mandates,” he wrote.
“I am not a conspiracy theorist but something very nefarious is at work here, and the innocent blood of Texans are on some dirty, corrupt hands.
“I promise y’all, as Governor of Texas, I will find those hands and ensure they’re held accountable,” he wrote.
According to sources, Allen West is still in the hospital while his wife, who was vaccinated, has returned home. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
West, a former Texas Republican Party chair and Florida congressman, announced in July that he would challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is running for a third term and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
West’s announcement came a month after he resigned as chair of the Republican Party of Texas.
West won a US House seat in Florida in 2010 and quickly became a Tea Party favorite and lightning rod, at one point accusing Democrats of having as many as 80 Communists in their House caucus. He failed to win re-election in 2012.
Allen West criticized current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for instituting a mask mandate in October 2020.AP Photo/Eric Gay
He later moved to Texas and largely stayed out of the spotlight until running for chairman of the state GOP last year.
West then began criticizing Republicans as much as Democrats, calling the GOP speaker of the Texas House a “traitor” for working across the aisle, then leading a protest outside Abbott’s mansion over coronavirus restrictions.
In October 2020, West took part in a protest outside Abbott’s home, criticizing the Republican governor’s executive orders — including a statewide mask mandate and lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those restrictions are no longer in place.
With Post wires