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. Peter225

    Sadly, these Tea Party extremist come from red states who take more from the government than they pay in. These states don't take personal responsibility for themselves and instead want handouts from the blue states. Pathetic.

    October 15, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Marty

    Kind of funny coming from a man that broke the law and got away with it. We've hit a low point when the media gives the moral high ground to a crook.

    October 15, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. All aboard the shutdown express....

    the only people who can't understand this analogy are those who are blinded and refuse to see....the problem for the republican party will be how to dislodge themselves from the tea party. The repubs used the tea party to get votes but as in every bad deal we make, sooner or later you have to pay the piper..

    October 15, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. G_Edwards

    Oh please. The Dems AND Repubs have been borrowing and spending this country into oblivion. The TP are the only people willing to make the hard decisions involved in governing and if it takes dragging the "I want it now" establishment along with them, so be it.

    Will it be painful? Yes. In the short run. Will the alternative be more painful? Absolutely – for our children, their children, and THEIR children.


    October 15, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Larry

    Really – a rebel flag – I'm surprised they weren't wearing white sheets with pointed hats. Palin – still the biggest embarrassment in politics with Bachmann/Cruz working hard for 2nd place. No matter what happens when they default on the debt and refuse to ever again fund the govt – they are doomed in the next elections. Time for any viable 3rd party to make their move – the GOP is going down for good:) I love the sound of it.

    October 15, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. dave

    no comparison to confederates and all the incompetents in Washington that don't know how to balance budget. Maybe they need to go to school and learn finances

    October 15, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. wxqz

    The GOPobstructionist have enjoyed the shadows too long time to shine on them the light of day. How about a photo op? At noon the capitol steps ? Let them bask inthe glory of their deeds.

    October 15, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Starrface

    Can’t these Tea party goof balls be arrested on domestic terrorism charges?

    October 15, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. gus

    Thanks ok Charlie, because you are a communist anyway, you should be ashamed to march with illegal aliens on the mall while our WW2 vets are locked out of their own monument that was funded by private funds, not one appropriated dollar. Let's bus the border patrol up to dc and invite the illegals back!!!!

    October 15, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Dave A.

    Bring us down. How patriotic! The red states wont get there $$. Then we will see who is all boo-hoo boo-hoo!

    October 15, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. Dave A.

    Bob. I dont see ONE socialistic thing from Obama..republicans run up the debt you idiot!

    October 15, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Rett

    Bi, why the date 1864? The war ended in '65.

    October 15, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. oldeafcoot

    There are many countries in the world where armed men would have taken over the capitol by now and dismissed the Congress, occasionally followed by the sounds of screams and gun shots.
    Wait til the military misses a payday or two. Earplugs required.

    October 15, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. Johnny DC

    Says Charles Rangel, one of the most corrupt and quite possibly the least intelligent members of Congress in its entire history, which is saying a tremendous amount.

    The liberals in Washington and many of the "moderate" Republicans have us on a spending path to oblivion, and there's nothing Sniffit or any of you other clever commenters can say to change that fact.

    October 15, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Eugene

    TEA party is out to destroy the world economy. Cruz, Bachmann, and Palin – what a bunch of idiots causing this suicide of our country.

    October 15, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. mumfordfan

    I have agreed with Rep. Rangel very little over the years, but he's got this one right. Where is the civility? And as for this so-called "patriotism," I ain't buyin' it. These zealots don't love this country. They love themselves. They love drama. They must be stopped and over-ridden before they take this whole country down.

    October 15, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Dr No

    This may be the right fight , but is it the right time?

    October 15, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Master

    Rep. Charles Rangel,... that's a very racist line of talk your spewing there.

    October 15, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. pogojo

    I thought he was in jail??

    October 15, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. pat carr

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

    You too. You'll be crying too when the economic impact hits. I can only say i will be glad when you lose your job and be whining on here. it will be music to our ears then

    October 15, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Justin

    It seems each person in Congress have their own personal Agenda. They really do not have the United States at heart. It seems the Tea Party Representatives have a personal vendetta against President Obama. They just cannot stand the idea a having him in the White House. This is the bottom line. They will not admit it. Cutting cost is a smoke screen. They want to embarrass the President messing up his administration to later say you see what happened when you put a black man in the White House. It is time to put our country first. Personal or ill well towards the President should have no bearings in paying our debt.

    October 15, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. MissouriBoy

    Bachmann represents one district in MN. Al Franken is their Senator, reflecting the overall MN state view as moderate. Even in the Civil War, there were a small minority of politicians in the North that felt slavery was a states rights issue. But the vast majority of MN citizens, just like the vast majority of Civil War northern politicians, do not support the crazy federal govt destroying ideas of the Tea Party.

    October 15, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. TMan

    The US Tea Party is the political wing of the American "militia" movement, much as the Provisional IRA is the the political wing of the the Irish Republican Army Terrorists of Northern Ireland.

    October 15, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. JB

    I do plan to make a change next election. I voted for one of the people that seems to want to throw a monkey wrench in working through the issues of the budget and debt ceiling. This person seems willing to let the country go into default to further their political agenda. I voted for this person because they seemed reasonable. I have since changed my mind.

    October 15, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. HenryMiller

    There are only two sorts who want Obamacare to survive, chronic losers who just want someone else to be forced to pay their medical bills, and slimy politicians trying to buy votes with taxpayer money.

    October 15, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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