Charlie Rangel (D – NY) believes that President Barack Obama has not been able to work with members of the Tea Party in Congress because they are “racist” and “mean” and from former slave states. Representative Rangel shared his thoughts about the inability of the president to communicate with the Tea Party during an interview with New York-based TWC-TV earlier this week.
The New York Democrat had this to say about President Obama’s poor relationship with Tea Party Congressmen and women:
“They are mean, racist people. Now, why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states! They had the Confederate flag, they became Dixiecrats, they had the Confederate flag, and the Tea Party, they’ve still got the Confederate flag! I don’t think that’s a coincidence.”
In the past, Charlie Rangel has deemed Tea Party members “crackers.” The often controversial elected official also stated that the political group is comprised by the same type of folks who fought against the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.
During a prior interview with the Daily Beast, Representative Rangel said:
“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it. What the h**l! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”
Exactly why Charlie Rangel thinks Tea Party elected officials in Congress, and perhaps all members of the fiscally conservative movement are racist other than the fact that some hail from the South remains unclear. Tea Party groups currently exist in every state in the Union, so birthplace does not appear to a deciding factor the collective Tea Party mindset.
Last week, Rangel raised eyebrows once again when he referred to the building explosion in Harlem as “our community’s 9/11.” During an interview with a local news station the New York Democrat said, “This is a very serious thing, even though we don’t know how it started. The whole New York delegation has been concerned, and members that are not in committee are glued to the television and hearing reports from you [local news] makes us at least a little closer to home.”
What do you think about Charlie Rangel calling the Tea Party racist and referencing slave-holding states?
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