Rep. Allen West (R-FL) refused to apologize Wednesday for what EMILY's List called a "sexist tirade" against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).
In an email Tuesday, West had called Wasserman Schultz "vile" and "not a Lady."
West, who stands by the remarks, offered the following defense to Fox News.
"This is something, once again, the Democrat Party, they put my Social Security number and my wife's employment identification number in a mail piece," he said. "This has just been an ongoing thing. I have been called Uncle Tom, a sell-out Oreo. It's not about Allen West. And so once again, it's very interesting to me that we continually allow liberals to do whatever they want and attack conservatives, but all of the sudden when a conservative stands up and says enough then people all want to sit back, especially liberals, and play victim. She's not a victim. She's been attacking Allen West for quite some time."
To be clear, Wasserman Schultz did not call West "Uncle Tom" or "Oreo" during the floor speech that seems to have set off his fiery email, and there is no evidence of her using racist language in the past.
UPDATE: West says an apology "is not happening."