October 15th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
6 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.


Filed under: Charlie Rangel
soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. independant jim

    Bachman qualifies as a confederate there were many during the civil war that came from northern states and fought for the confederacy back then they were called traitors to their country

    October 15, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. Dave

    Forget *allowing* the south to secede, FORCE them out!

    October 15, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. karl from az

    Spoken like a true racist & tax cheat!

    October 15, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. Carter Sherline

    It is the same battle that has been going on not just since the Civil War but since the beginning of this country. Fortunately Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, etc won enough to get the country off the ground and ever since liberal values have won out or at least fought off the conservatives to a draw. The names of the sides change but not what is at stake. Conservatives stand against everything the Founding Fathers were for.

    October 15, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Rep. Charles Rangel has a point , send your don't care packages for confederate soldiers to Ted Cruz at the Sarah Palin center for non diversity .

    As for Rangel , I respect his service in the Korean War and his years in public service , however it's time for him to pass o the torch and retire .

    October 15, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Dan

    I know nothing about Rangel's politics. I do know that it is not productive to go around name-calling. And no, I do not approve of what the Tea Party members are doing here.

    October 15, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. america f yeah

    Cut them loose. all of those states take more than they pay in taxes. let them leave the union. let them starve.

    October 15, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. Randy Mann

    Charge them with Sedition if their tactics result in default and the shutdown continues.

    October 15, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Jon

    Well, that hits the proverbial nail on the head..... regarding the Tea Party being the 21st Century Confederacy....... which is exactly why the Tea Party should be in Jail.

    October 15, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. sjc

    Not sure where Sly is getting his statistics but not all Republicans and hardly any Tea Party Patriots supported the out of control spending by the Bush administration. I know I didn't.

    October 15, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Never Vote Republican Again

    @Rick-we will give the tea party Alaska and Palin can be their President-to this I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

    October 15, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. TKO

    Why do many posting hear think I want to "cry my eyes out"? Or that I am somehow enraged at the Baggers? They are simply showing how incredibly short-sighted and fascist they really are. Why would that make me cry when what it really does it show many, many Americans who were sympathetic to them how crazy they are. I do not like what they've done, but I am delighted they've finally showed their true colors. It makes me smile.

    October 15, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. john.deatherage

    If Rangle is against them, then Tea Party must be doing something right!

    October 15, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Don

    No...not like the Confederates. More like the Colonial Americans rebelling against King George. Universal healthcare is a good thing but....Obamacare is about government control and taxation more than it is about healthcare.

    October 15, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. Stephen Hazen

    And nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and then the end shall come. Jesus

    October 15, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. Biff

    The Republicans during the Bush years ran up the deficit with tax cuts for the rich and two wars. They recklessly drove the country into a fiscal crisis which nearly took down the world economy. Now those same clowns are refusing to pay for expenditures that they VOTED for in the name of fiscal prudence. What a travesty – and they are likely to once again tank the world and the US economy which their traitorous actions. The South shall rise again!

    October 15, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. Robyn

    This is a Republican Party run amok. They have no wish to govern or legislate
    or do any of the things that are important to the decent American people.
    Their agenda is simple, "If we cannot control America, we will destroy America."

    October 15, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. Dave Thompson

    Bachman on her own has proven that she is a blithering idiot....

    October 15, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. BeBoppin

    You people that are willing (and sometimes anxious) to let out nation go into default are complete idiots. There is no other way to describe it.

    October 15, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. Aerin

    Just let them secede. It's what they want. We won't miss them for a second.

    October 15, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Jim in Wauwatosa

    The truth is the truth.....of course they identify with confederates
    Republican politicians attending tea party rallies (like the one recently in DC)
    You mean to tell me you didn't notice the confederate flag waving behind them in the background?

    October 15, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Brian

    As far as what states they are from isn't really the issue here. The fact that a radical conservative group and vocal minority is effectively holding the country hostage because they disagree with what has come of the democratic process is the issue. Honestly I would say "let them secede". It's the easiest way to kick them out and get away with it. Offer them some land out west to effectively become a libertarian reservation and let them all move there and do whatever they like as long as they aren't violating human rights or messing with the rest of the country.

    October 15, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Jimh77

    I have lost all respect for Charles and 90% of all other politicians, but I have to agree with him on this even though I'd like to NOT agree, He is right. They are also Traitors to America.

    October 15, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. bikermiker

    The fact that the GOP just recently, in the midst of this chaos, changed the parliamentary rules to preclude anyone but Cantor or Boehner from bringing a bill to the floor of the House for a vote just shows that these Tea Parody idiots and their puppets Boehner and Cantor are more interested in parliamentary parlor games to stack the deck in their favor than they are in governing 'for the people'. If they were in Vegas, they'd probably get arrested for cheating but in DC its just 'politics as usual'. We'd make more progress with a bunch of third graders in charge.

    October 15, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. Normal In NH

    Liberals...really take a step back and decide if you want to stand with Charlie Rangel. If you do, then there may be some merit to Tea Party actions.

    October 15, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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