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. Norma Vessels

    Anyone with common sense would disagree with Rand Paul. The man doesn't make any sense most of the time. I'm from Kentucky, born and raised here, and I have absolutely no use for Rand Paul, or anyone like him .. which draws in a whole lot of Republicans in Congress! The sooner we get Rand Paul and all his clones, out of Congress, the better it will be for America.

    August 3, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Rangel should be held accountable for his racist remarks.

    August 3, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. HenryMiller

    Charlie Rangel is a racist jerk right up there with Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

    And Obama is busily destroying the American economy with Obamacare, over-regulation, and outrageous taxation, and accuses the GOP of "sabotage?" In addition to being a racist jerk, he's a fool self-deluded to the point of psychosis—he's completely lost touch with reality.

    August 3, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Completely agree with Mr. Rangel on all counts. No apologies necessary or deserved.

    August 3, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Brad

    So where is the outrage by this highly racist comment? If the tables had been turned and a white conservative used the N word they would be persecuted to the pint of resignation. come on people, use of terms like this is unacceptable no matter what race it is pointed at.

    August 3, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. bcrunner

    Rangel is actually correct. Osama said he would destroy our economy and he almost did. We were one step away in 2008/2009 from that happening... And slowly but surely our economy started to improve and heal. Of course, it would have happened much faster and we could probably be now at 6% unemployment if the Republicans passed legislation to create jobs... Instead they want to tank the economy. It's the ONLY way they will win the White House again. Because of redistricting, they might win the Senate, but there is no way they will win the White House unless the economy tanks...

    August 3, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Ed1

    You can say that with a straight face.

    Why don't you and your other law breakers just go to jail where you belong.

    August 3, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. freedom

    This man is ignorant.

    August 3, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Chris

    MR Rangel Is Racial Profiling. I Say Protest and March.

    August 3, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. rs

    Mr. Rangel may be damaged goods politically, but he has called this one correctly. The GOP and their TEA Party "patriots" have done more harm to America and its reputation abroad than we may be able to calculate. I think the long-term solution to the GOP's current anti-American and anti-government philosophy and actions may have to be arrests. Our nation is too great to sacrifice it to these petty and immoral little tyrants.

    August 3, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. rs

    So where is the outrage by this highly racist comment?
    Hard to call it racist when its correct. The GOP tears down the government, all the while their states take more revenue from the federal government that they give back. Meanwhile, they have the highest teen pregnancy rates, lowest educational achievement, lower wages and higher poverty. Kinda makes you wonder why people (of any race) vote for them.

    August 3, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Pujims

    Anyone who agrees with Rangel's statements are as racists as he is. How is it acceptable to use racists remarks against anyone race? It is not! There cannot be debate on this point. One rule for all folks not different rules for this race or that race. Where is the civil liberties folks on this?

    August 3, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. yoonyoungjo

    Its difficult sometimes. Because so many republicans have the same theories about economy, etc... But not all, just fighting for big oil or big corps. I think that's why a lot of mostly pro Dems have a hard time considering ever backing any one republican becuse its hard to tell which from which. Because the image most Americand get is, about most republicans, is if it isn't for big corporations, than I'm against it. Although that's probably not true. I actually like Chris Christie as well, you can tell the guys genuine. He puts people before politics.

    August 3, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. jaki

    Rangel is right. The republicans need o clean house.

    August 3, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. janhcrocker

    WHY is this man not being held accountable for using a racial slur?

    August 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I am as Caucasian as they come and I think Rangel is correct in his statements. The Tea Party is a bunch of under educated white people and wealthy white men with an agenda, using the under class simpletons to do their bidding.

    August 3, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Just a thought

    The GOP/Tea Baggers are the biggest whiners in the entire world. Any fool can see all the GOP/Tea clowns have tried to do is tank the economy under Obama...And these idiots think the rest of us can't see that? Remarkable the level of intellect or lack thereof for you folks. Why don't you just stand up and be honest about....Your party is doing exactly what Bin Laden said he wanted to do....Destroy the U.S. Economy...and under lil Dubya and Darth Cheney he almost got 'ur dun. Pull up your big boy, big girl pants and own up to your obstructionist policies. And let us know when your party isn't filled with the "KKK and other racist hate groups"...we'll then sit down and talk about Rangel's racist statements – Ok? LOL

    August 3, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Just a thought

    Awww.....Should we be shocked at all the "panting for air" we are hearing the GOP/Tea trolls on here...screaming Racism, Bigot, what an very rude thing to say to us....LOL Give it up folks! Its not like we have seen all the RACISM, BIGOTRY and DISRESPECT thrown at this president over the past 5 years. Tell ya what....when you start pushing back against the racist elements in your party, we'll ask the rangel's to dial back the rhetoric... Of course there are no racist in the Tea bagger contingent – Right when pigs fly (insert insurance commercial here)

    August 3, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Anthony in California

    You may not like him but he's right.

    For the amount of good the President has done, the Republicans have done an equal amount of bad.. hence the little progress made in this country's recovery. No one wants to admit their motives being (at least partially) driven by race.
    They vowed to make Obama a 1 term President (failed) and they vowed to obstruct every piece of legislature, wether good or bad (AHCA block attempts : 40fails).

    These guys put the interests of their party, corporations, and their rich cronies way ahead of the interests of the nation.

    These guys chose to do whatever it took to make the President look bad, even if it meant hurting the country.
    The difference between them(GOP/TP) and Bin Laden is that they are doing it from within, and without 747s...

    August 3, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    And for anyone trying to make the claim that the GOP / Tea Party aren't racists, they are in denial and lying. Just YouTube their last gathering where the Teabagger leader makes some of the most racist comments ever recorded (and Sarah Palin was at this particular gathering).

    August 3, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. stars

    Well I agree with Mr. Rangel and I"m white so I guess I"m a racist.

    August 3, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Tom

    Rangel is probably right, but more name calling isn't going to help anything right now. The senior members of Congress should be leading the way to build a coalition to break the gridlock, not jumping on the partisan bandwagon.

    August 3, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Here is a person who has spent 40 years in Congress, owns foreign vacation homes, and cheats on his taxes. Now he shows his leadership by calling his political opponents racists and terrorists in order to incite hatred and division?


    I'm sorry, I fail to see the correlation between the two statements above. Could you please explain?

    August 3, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. NC

    Rangel has freedom of speech just like the tea party and other groups.

    August 3, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. don in albuquerque

    Truth hurts don't it?

    August 3, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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