October 15th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
1 year 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. DJJ

    HOW CAN THE Govt. afford to pay tens of Millions of Americans Health Insurance every month in the form of Subsidies when the Deficit is already in the Trillions.

    October 15, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Loathstheright

    Treason, plain and simple...the tea party needs to go....or go to jail.

    October 15, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. noteasilyswayed

    The comments above show why the Congress is so divided..... right vs left, democrat vs republican, white vs non-white, rich vs poor, and on and on..... each faction just blames the other and winning is more important than anything else.... let's vote all of these lifers out in the next two elections.

    October 15, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. Been There

    Do you really consider Rangel to be a credible source?

    October 15, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. ffderrick

    Maybe, we live in a democratic Republic where representatives have to agree before laws are passed and money is spent.
    Unlike a dictatorship, that means you have to negotiate with the other side to get things done. Also it means the minority groups have a voice in the process. That sounds good right. The majority cannot trample the minority with numbers.
    Read something and learn something instead of just hating for no reason.

    October 15, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Ajax

    To those that say that somehow Bachmann is proof that the tea party are not a bunch of neo-confederates, I would like to point out that her family were originally Norwegian Lutheran Democrats from Iowa. As well, there were many misguided northern supporters of the confederacy before and during the civil war that caused problems but whose efforts were thwarted by their union neighbors just like the Tories of the American revolution. Her involvement does not negate the frighteningly racist motivations of those tea party members in congress from the south.

    October 15, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Paul R.

    Charlie Rangel, who is as corrupt as any congressman in history, was arrested last week for protesting to get citizenship for 20 million illegal foreign invaders. Tells you where his head is. Talk about trying to destroy the country....

    October 15, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. CaliforniaAC

    Of course they want to bring our government down. They are driven by hate of the 1st black President and the USA plus the world will feel the pain. But the GOP will have hell to pay in the next 2 elections.

    October 15, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein

    The perspective makes sense. There is similarity between the tea party people, the confederate government and what is going on. It seems that the tea party people don't want the federal government to do anything. The confederates didn't want to hear from the federal government.

    October 15, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. SkyKing169

    Good comparison.
    Any Congressman who truly loves the USA would never get anywhere near this close to a US default. It will likely be the beginning of the end of the US as a superpower.
    The Tea Partiers are traitors.

    October 15, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. SokrMom

    So true. They're not in Congress to do the people's business, they're just spoilers–doing their best to make sure the Obama presidency is not too great a contrast to the debacle that was the George W. Bush presidency. And destroying all of our lives in the process.

    October 15, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. waheid

    bob – and where did the majority of the deficit come from? Bush, Cheney and their wonderful "Shock and Awe" war in Iraq. The war was never properly funded. And while Bush was putting the war expenses on the middle class credit card, he was seeking tax cuts for his rich Republican friends. The budget that Obama inherited was in the billions.

    October 15, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. SkyKing169

    Good comparison.
    Any Congressman who truly loves the USA would never get anywhere near this close to a US default. It will likely be the beginning of the end of the US as a superpower.
    The Tea Partiers are as loyal to the USA as Confederates were.

    October 15, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. Michael Bees

    That tea party should be ran out on a rail..they could care less about this country. Their only for self interest..stop Obama at any cost...if the country goes under..so be it....people vote them out period...

    October 15, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. Bob

    Would be easier to listen to his thoughts if he wasn't a criminal.

    October 15, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. Patrick

    A prominent civil war historian in the 1960s, Bruce Catton, wrote a remarkable book about the civil war antebellum period called "the Coming Fury." In it he describes how American democracy became so brittle, it failed. Both sides preferred to lose all rather than compromise. We are indeed close to that, maybe even there.

    October 15, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. Bob S.

    The fact that Rep. Rangel continues to be re-elected should be a point of embarrassment for New York. His ethics are...questionable, and quite frankly, he does not come off as a particularly bright person.

    That said, he is characterization of the tea party as Confederates is spot on.

    October 15, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. JB

    More like the Liberal Democrats are like communist ! The get elected by offering more and more giveaways. The Tea Party seems to be the only ones with any common sense. Too bad it came too late to stop the madness that has been going on since FDR and LBJ.

    October 15, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. Tony Antin

    The extreme cabal in the Republican party are plain and simple kidnappers demanding ransom (and whining that the victims of the kidnapping will not negotiate. The American legislative process must not be replaced by such kidnapping
    or call it blackmail. The problem for them is that they have tried the proper legislative processes 44 times (to kill the ACA)
    and have failed. So now they resort to kiddnapper/blackmail tactics. We cannot let them succeed.

    October 15, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. peter

    Rangle you are a crooked disgrace and belong in jail.

    October 15, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. jaders

    It kills me that the repubs always say the dems spend too much. The thing that's really killing our budget is the defense spending, which the R's are always for. They're the ones who spend too much and are ruining the budget (and our country.)

    October 15, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. peter

    Rangle you are a crooked disgrace and belong in jail. You are no better than the tea baggers that have hijacked the House. Our entire government has become a dysfunctional mess. Sadly, voters don't care since they keep reelecting these chuckle heads to new terms.

    October 15, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. DPG

    While I am totally angered and frustrated by the Tea Partiers, I do take exception to correlating them with "confederates". The analogy has little basis in historical fact and demeans a segment of the country that, believe it or not, has some pretty progressive people. Shame on you Mr. Rangel for slipping into sterotyping.

    October 15, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. Nathan

    Rangel is correct. However, his statement is actually a compliment. At least, that's how most of those he's referring to would take it.

    October 15, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  25. ber

    A Canadian watching from the wings.... Your tea party should change its name. Based on the damage they are doing to you, and the reputation America once had, the American Taliban seems appropriate

    October 15, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13