October 15th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
10 months ago

Rep. Charles Rangel compares tea party in House to 'confederates'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Charles Rangel on Tuesday compared what he considers the most intransigent members of the House Republican caucus with the Confederates of the American Civil War.

The last-minute holdups on a deal over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling, the longtime Democrat from New York City told CNN's Ashleigh Banfield, are not coming from conflict between Republicans and Democrats.

Rather, "this is all about a handful of people who got elected as Republicans that want to bring down our government. You can see it in the streets. You can see where they're coming from," Rangel said.

"The same way they fought as Confederates, they want to bring down the government and reform it."

Rangel was asked to confirm that he was referring to the Confederates of the Civil War. He told Banfield, "If you take a look at the states that they control, take a look at the Dixiecrats, see how they went over the Republican Party…"

To that Banfield pointed out that Michelle Bachmann, a major voice against Obamacare, is not a Dixiecrat but a Republican from Minnesota.


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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    He's right. Cry about it. Look at a map of where they come from (yes, there are ones online) and then look at what they're trying to do: kill the federal gov't as a form of secession. It's "the south shall rise again" being played out right before your eyes.

    October 15, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    He's right; they are. Neo-Confederates. I direct your attention to the Stars and Bars flags flaunted by the rebels at the nonpolitical veterans event that they hijacked a couple days ago.

    Great story on that, by the way, CNN. I urge readers here to read it in full. Next up, a story about what happened on 9/30 in the House of Representatives, I hope?

    October 15, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "To that Banfield pointed out that Michelle Bachmann, a major voice against Obamacare, is not a Dixiecrat but a Republican from Minnesota. "

    How cute, the exception supposedly disproving the rule...a frequent means of establishing a toe-hold for delusional reality-denial.

    October 15, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. artb

    Bachmann and her political terrorists out to be prosecuted if they cause this nation to default.

    October 15, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. postedbygeorge

    The disease is spreading.

    October 15, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. postedbygeorge

    Thanks to moderation

    October 15, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Seriously

    There is usually an exception for every rule. That exception does not make the generality untrue. Just because Bachman is not from a southern state, it does not make the Tea Partiers less like confederates.

    October 15, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. sly

    Two words explain it all: BLACK SKIN.

    All Republicans, 100%, voted for Bush budgets, which took the BIGGEST SURPLUS in history and turned it into the BIGGEST DEFICIT in history.

    100% of Republicans supported the Bush budgets and debt increases.
    100%! Including all the Tea Billies.

    Why have Republicans changed 180% about deficits and debt increases.

    Only two words: BLACK SKIN.

    October 15, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Thom

    Wow.....they TEA Party just took anything bad that could ever be said about Obama away for good, forever. PERIOD.

    October 15, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. jsl123

    None of them care about us! We have no recourse until the next election. Sad...

    October 15, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Rick

    THe confederates did not want to bring down the governement. They set a new country with new government. Know your history, do not rewrite it.

    October 15, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. MyManJohn

    He's a moron. Pay your taxes, Charlie. Then you can talk...

    October 15, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. cryddems

    Cry your eyes out you left wing, anti American socialist bum democrats – cry your eyes out. Music to our ears.

    October 15, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Kimberly

    Well I guess the defeated traitors are back to try to destroy the country once again. They will lose this time too.

    October 15, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. don in albuquerque

    The time is now now for the government to take the Tea Baggers down and out. Not the other way around.

    October 15, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Bi

    Maybe the Sons of the Confederacy have spread all over the US since 1864. Maybe they are concentrated in the red states. Maybe there was a diaspora of rebels fleeing the economic privations of Reconstruction who spread throughout the states west of the Mississippi, except for northern California. The South will rise again!

    October 15, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. davessworks

    Good analogy

    October 15, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. bob

    It is the right thing and the long lasting thing to do is to live within your means. No one should spend lavishly on someone's else sweat like the Democrats love to do. It is a shame that this country is run by dinosaurs like Reid and Pelosi and socialist Obama.

    October 15, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Jerry Archuleta USN Ret.

    The teaparty is mostly more toward the Nazi party than the Confederates.

    October 15, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. Julie Labrouste

    That comparison is just silly! The Confederates had far more honor and a lot more sense.

    October 15, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Joe in Kalispell

    Yea, listen to Charlie Rangel. 2008–2010: Ethics issues and censure, the list is too long to post here, but he has NO credibility.

    October 15, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. musician

    The Tea Party is quickly going from 'stupid' to 'dangerously stupid'. This kind of over-the-top overreach usually ends up bad for the overreachers. May the demise of the Tea Party be swift and sure. They are a menace to the entire world, and everyone seems to know it but them.

    October 15, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. regenesis0

    Willies calls the TEA Party the "Insurrectionist Neo-Confederate Party." And the label is pretty darn accurate.
    TEA Party / INCP... whatever you call them... they're sure as heck not Republicans.

    October 15, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Andrew

    Charlie is right again!

    October 15, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Mike S

    The tone of the country is set by the president. Obama has been antagonizing members of the Tea Party by going on his constant election speeches instead of siting, talking and dealing. Now the Tea Party is giving the president a taste of his own medicine. So Obama has it coming.
    The issue is that the same Tea Party members will get reelected regardless of what happens now. So Obama better change his tactics or he will continue to see fierce oppositions from the Tea Party for the rest of his presidency. History will forget the members of the Tea Party by it will remember the disastrous years of the Obama presidency.

    October 15, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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