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WASHINGTON — Five congresswomen demanded Rep. Allen West (R-Fl) apologize for his tirade against fellow Florida lawmaker Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Reps. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Carolyn Maloney of New York, Donna Edwards of Maryland, Jackie Speier of California and Lois Capps of California denounced West for calling Wasserman Schultz “vile, despicable and cowardly” in an email after she criticized his stance on Medicare.

“His words were nothing more than personal attacks,” said Maloney, who appeared with her four female colleagues at a news conference. “It’s incredibly disrespectful.”

The congresswomen, who said they were friends as well as colleagues of Wasserman Schultz, also called on the GOP leadership to rebuke West for his outburst.

According to HuffPost, Wasserman Schultz and West have a history in Florida.

Wasserman Schultz and other women protested outside West’s campaign office about columns that West wrote appearing in a biker magazine. The protesters said the magazine denigrated women.