Rangel: Republicans better than terrorists at hurting the country
August 2nd, 2013
07:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Rangel: Republicans better than terrorists at hurting the country

(CNN) - Longtime Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York compared congressional Republicans to terrorists and likened supporters of the tea party movement to “white crackers” in an interview published Friday.

Rangel said House Republicans are doing more damage to American competitiveness than al Qaeda, according to The Daily Beast. "What is happening is sabotage. Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”

As for the tea party, the outspoken congressman said the movement should be defeated in the same way segregation was confronted during the Civil Rights movement.

"It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police," he said. "They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break."

Rangel, who's now in his 22nd term, has become known for some of his outlandish statements in the past and has struggled to hold onto his seat in the last couple of elections after facing questions over ethics violations. He was ultimately censured by the House in 2010.

Rangel doesn't have negative feelings about all Republicans, though. According to the Daily Beast interview, he likes neighboring Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

“Chris Christie, who is a big Northeasterner, and people only go for Christie because he is reasonable. He says something nice about the president helping out Jersey and now he is on the hit list by Republicans,” Rangel said.

He also looped in his friend, Republican Rep. Peter King of New York, as someone who's on Republicans’ “hit list."

King defended Christie in a recent spat with Sen. Rand Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky. King and Christie publicly disputed Paul's stances on federal surveillance programs, while Paul painted the congressman and the governor as establishment Republicans who live in a part of the country where the GOP is shrinking.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: Charlie Rangel • Republicans • Tea Party
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Geordie

    I don't see any difference between Dems and Repubs anymore , both have become self serving parties with a dysfunctional congress and senate.
    Why do Americans put up with it , expect more and demand better of your elected public servants.
    Most of them wouldn't have a job in the private sector.

    August 4, 2013 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  2. wxnut

    Racism is OK when expressed by the "right" people, and apparently BlackThought thinks that racism is good.

    August 4, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Open truth. Rethuglicans are American Al Queda.

    August 4, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  4. g

    i really think republicans want civil war in america

    August 4, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. Faux Scandals

    Well they are trying to destroy the Country for personal gains.

    August 4, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. Marie MD

    'am NOT a liberal – To this administration ALL scandals and coverups are fake.
    You do realize that the ones making noise in the so called congress are the car thief, McCain, ms. Lindsey and any rethug who thinks that by continuing to attack the President and his Administration they are making points.
    The rethug/teatrolls are a small minority of Americans. These fools still can't see that the more they talk and grandstand the worse they look to anyone with half a brain.
    BTW – glad that you are NOT a liberal. That would give us who see the truth about the right a bad name.

    August 4, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. daphnerp

    I do believe that the Tea Party has a huge racist component. But Rangel insulted me when he used his racial slur. I am a white democrat and I resent his slur. Why is there not a big uproar for his words? Paula Dean admitted to using a racial slur and look what happened to her. Get over it Rangel! Your comment seems to create a deeper divide.

    August 4, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. nick

    And hardly an ounce of coverage- the only terrorists that HATE THIS COUNTRY are Obama and his minions, his ideology, rhetoric and history clearly prove that. But since the media and the Obamabots ignore it its ok- the Republicans are the only ones standing up to this fraud in chief and yep that is what he is.

    As for Rangel- if this were a white man or congressman- it would be on eveyr news channel- typical state run media. And FYI- Rangel look at which party fought segregation and civil rights back in the day, and it was not

    August 4, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Just Me

    But at least it is still politically correct to bash the white man with impunity.

    August 4, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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