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.
I don't know about that characterization....I don't think the current GOP is quite as patriotic as the Confederates were.
Rangel has it 1000% correct. This is a slave state issue and a carry over from the civil war. The south needs to come to grips with it.. You lost- get over it... move on.. Adios –
Rep. Charles Rangel Political name calling. Ho Hum.
Didn't Charlie just get arrested at an illegal immigration rally on the supposed-to-be-closed mall?
Well, they were voted to represent the people and that is what they are doing there job!!!!!!
And there are more that agree now after they saw how much there Heath care went up do to this.
In 2013 the remaining vestiges of the US Civil War are being fought within the GOP. Once again, the hellions are convinced that their treacherous cause is noble. The "Southern Strategy" was a devil's bargain. The Democrats repudiated it in 1964. It's time for the Republican Party to do the same.
The confederate flag represents the darkest and most divided time in U.S. history. It represents fear. It represents racism. It represents a time when we killed tens of thousands of our American brethren. The flag represents slavery and eternal arrogance. The flag represents hate, the worst human emotion. The confederate flag represents treachery and betrayal and lack of patriotism.
Eleven of the current fifty states of the United States of America were in the Confederacy. We are all American and want the best for The USA Mr. Rangler!
CHARLE RANGLE is an FOOL THAT has can not remember history.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE PARTY OF THE SOUTH and SLAVERY!
Which makes Charlie Rangle, statement so moronic as to be on the edge of wondering how this man stays in government.
@Bob – I personally am glad t that Obamacare is coming. Not because I want freeloaders to take advantage of it. Not because I think those people with a gimme mentality will abuse it. Rather, as a small business owner, I will enjoy that my employee's are healthier. It means they can work more and make me more money.
I do not need to listen when they are complaining about having to sit at the ER all day because they have no coverage. It will now be, take your kid to a doctor and get it sorted out. Be back in 2 hours, not 2 weeks of them sitting at home waiting out the illness.
You would think that the Republicans who love millionaires would be thinking about the bottom line more and how this will improve it.
these tea party people are crazy. they are the same ones that do not want gun control. they own lots of guns and for what? remember they say they want to secede and if the federal government tries to take away their guns then they are willing to go to war. stupid people i'd say. didn't you get your butts kicked enough already or do you want some more. stars and bars verses the union flag. go ahead and try it and when you lose again please leave the country and go crawl back under the rock you came from
Live within your means, you say? Congress ALREADY SPENT THIS MONEY! They aren't' negotiating future spending...they're holding the country hostage over MONEY THEY ALREADY SPENT. Wake up! Listen. Learn. Or is that just too much work for you?
i would go farther, all republicans want this country to fail. if not they would stand up against the T-baggers and get the US back on track.
The problem with calling Tea Party typers confederates is that to them it's a compliment.
As an elderly.Southern WASP I take exception with Hon.Rangel comparing my ancestors of which many served in the Confederate Army and were doing so to defend their homeland from the invading Union Army,to unreasonable members of congress and a president intent on socializing our country.I am retired and do not appreciate congress and the President risking destroying our economy over something that should be resolved at the ballot box.I think the entire bunch a should be recalled.
Even during the civil war there were northerners who supported many of the confederate causes. .
They were called the Copperheads and like the Tea party they had a snake as their symbol.
Yes, the Confederates in the South were Democrats before and after the war. In 1948, however, they got fed up with the northern liberals in their party and became "Dixiecrats." In 1964, when the northern liberals passed major civil rights legislation, they became Republicans. The Republican party of today is very much the Democratic party of yesterday, and there is no doubt whatsoever that if Lincoln were alive today, he would be a Democrat.
He's right. I live in the south with these idiots. I was born there. They are nuts and my congressman is a complete idiot. We, unfortunately unseated a blue dog democrat to get our idiot.
Bachman might be from Minnesoto but she is indeed a Dixiecrat!
To all that voted Tea party men and women into positions of power in Washington did you ever think these people would bring this country to the brink of economic collapse? If this bill to raise debt limit isn't passed and as time goes by guess what your great tea party heroes aren't going to pay your bills and give you food and money you will fall like the rest of us. Only then will you come to realize that you have been made a fool and you were merely a foot stool for someone evil and holding an hidden agenda
I'm old enough to remember how the GOP party got established in the south. It was segregation first, last and always. Nixon Southern strategy all the way. Everything else is sales talk. Sure there are African American GOPs here and there. There have always been blacks who decided that "passing" was the best way to get ahead.
History shows that the "Confederates" were democrats. Silly goose They were pro slavery then and still are now.
America the once great nation !
It's not the confederacy that's spreading, it's ignorance and stupidity.
@cryddems Cry your eyes out you left wing, anti American socialist bum democrats – cry your eyes out. Music to our ears.
You are in for a big shock. The Tea Baggers don't care about your sorry self either. You are a means to an end. If they take over this country, YOU will still be a nobody.