October 15th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
5 years 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. Jesse Betancourt

    I agree with your premise Bob that no one should spend lavishly on someone elses sweat. However to remain on topic, your comment sure sounds alot like what the Confederate slave owners fought and died to continue doing.

    October 15, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Rich

    Rep. Charles Rangle is correct – (forget about the Dixicrat comment). The parallels are striking. Both believe that they could ignore duly passed laws – without repealing them. Both have total disdain for the Federal Government – with the Confederates having wanted to secede from the Union – and – House Republicans wanting to do the same by having the government secede from them – by totally dismantling the government. Both are secessionists. Both ignore duly passed legislation.

    October 15, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. From the South

    If the South tries to rise again, I will fight on the side of the American flag and hope that we cam retain America as one.

    October 15, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican Tea Party inflammatory and delusional rhetoric validates Rep Rangel's assessment.

    October 15, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. tv22

    I guess the Republicans don't meet the ethically challenged Rangel's standards.

    October 15, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Rich Townes

    The Tea Party is a group of thugs..plain and simple. Look at the weasel looking Cruz...he is in the senate less than a year and he thinks he knows what he is doing? I think not. That is the problem with the Tea Party they are ignorant citizens that came out of the hollars and from under dead stumps and came to DC to bring their level of zero experience. It will catch up on them...already Cruz is being looked at by some TV stations in Texas....he is not the lily white "ferret face" he seems.

    October 15, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Dave

    Easy comparison to make as they do photo ops in front of the Confederate flag.

    October 15, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Roger. R.

    Rangel has been caught in numerous ethics violations and been caught not paying his taxes. He belongs in prison, not Congress.

    October 15, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. carl groll

    If a white politician had made the confederate statement, it would have been plastered as racist all over the media. Blacks just can't be racist anymore. How lucky for them.

    October 15, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Bryant

    Republicans are saying that the House, whose sole responsibility is to fund the government by law, isn't to blame because they funded everything but Obamacare (is that all of the lawful government – I didnt think so). An analogy is the House passes funding that doesn't include Social Security, they are not shutting down the government, because the Senate and the President have all the money they need for everything but social security. Give me a break. If this kind of bs politics is allowed to stand, the next thing will be social security and medicare and that is not the way we run this government folks.

    October 15, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. casey swanson

    I guess madison, adams, and jefferson, among others were confederates.
    How insulting.
    This has nothing to do with race not geography but soley about fiscal responsibiity.

    October 15, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. David Edwards

    This crook just gave the Tea Party members the highest compliment. Not bad a neo-carpet bagger.

    October 15, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Mike S., New Orleans

    Michele Bachmann is a great example. Like Palin, she gave up her office in lieu of a more lucrative career. And Michele Bachmann received the support of less than 4% of Republican voters nationally. Great example Banfield. The tax lawyer with 23 foster exemptions is a perfect representative of the Tea Party Taliban.

    October 15, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. LBB

    What a bunch of fools! The tea party should take a few economic classes.

    October 15, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. LittleAztec

    It would be interesting to know how many teabaggers are supporting their parents so the parents don't have to draw SS and Medicare or plan to do so in the futrure

    October 15, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. unretired05

    If they did those states did secede it would benefit the rest of the country. Those are the states that pay least in federal taxes and they draw the most in federal funds.

    October 15, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Tom123

    Who needs foreign Terrorists when we have Congress and especially Boehner and the GOP? With their fanaiticism they have shown they are willing, and more than able, to bring America to its knees

    October 15, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. TheRightisSOWrong

    It's the truth. Traitors who are trying to bring the country down. they've been saying they wanted the country to fail, looks like they're finally succeeding in making it happen. Just like OBL Kind of makes you wonder, who really is, the country's biggest threat from? AQ? or right wingers? seems the right wingers have done more damage to the country than AQ has....

    October 15, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. CW

    and this is the type of partisan comment this nation is sick of. Who would work with this person in any fair capacity after his comment?

    October 15, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Larry in Houston

    so 'ol wrangle compares them to the confederates, huh ? LOL – well, to be perfectly honest, he's right. But I'm not originally from Tx. I saw his interview with one of the CNN anchors today, and I heard him boasting about being in the senate for 43 years.... LOL – well, those people he represents in the Bronx & Queens, will vote him in, every time. Guess you could call 'ol wrangle a "Lifer" LOL – Stay in there, Charlie, your doin a fine Job.

    October 15, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Richard

    Oh please, just let us secede! That would make everyone happy

    October 15, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. GnatB

    Considering one of the issues vis a vis ACA is states rights vs. federal government (which was also one of the civil war issues) this shouldn't really be all that surprising...

    (and, fwiw, the Supreme court actually upheld part of the states rights argument this time 'round, which is why that chunk of ACA was invalidated)

    October 15, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Packard Plus

    Rubbish! These people are political terrorists! This isn't the 1800's. This is the 21st Century. America is the biggest and the best because of our elected government. The tea party wants to go backwards, and that just won't work in this day and age without destroying America from within. Gee, isn't that what one AQ leader said right after 9/11? AQ doesn't have to destroy American. We will do it ourselves from within. Enter the radical and extremist tea party! If they get their way, this country will never be the same again. They must be stopped!!!

    October 15, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Joe P

    Hey Bob, do you even know what the debt ceiling is? Last time I checked, it is money already spent (borrowed). Remember the two unfunded wars by the last clown? Are you saying the US should not pay its bills? Were these wars going to be paid with some sort of magical fairy dust? It's time to pay up.

    October 15, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Ron Murphy

    The dishonorable Rangel showing the Democrats are the party of corrupt knee grows.

    October 15, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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