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. Ron

    New York should be ashamed of their representative

    August 3, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |

    Agree! The GOP is just out for themselves and to fill their deep lazy pockets full of easy $ Vote them out in 2014!

    August 3, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Michigan patriot

    Let's see how the media is going to react to his comments. He is a democrat and black, so he can say whatever he wants. Where is the outrage? He should be held accountable for his comments. If that would have been a white person, they would have been all over him. Rangel is a racist, just like Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, they are the ones destroying this country.

    August 3, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. BlackThought

    Man has the right idea.

    August 3, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. smith

    @Just a thought- The last person to have anything to do with KKK was Robert Byrd and he was a democrat. The GOP and Dems have been doing this behavior for years. Have you been in a cave?

    August 3, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. dc

    Mr. Rangle is not only offensive, but clearly lacks an understanding of our country's history. The Civil Rights Act was passed largely as a result of the efforts of a Republican-Everett Dirkson of Chicago. He supported Lyndon Johnson in getting it done, overcoming a deep divide in the Democratic Party-the opposition to the act being led by Southern Democrats.

    August 3, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I'm a little Tea Partier, ignorant and stout...
    Tip me over and vote me out!!!!

    August 3, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. floorme

    The man is an IDIOT!

    August 3, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. floorme

    Clearly his days are numbered– He has been a wasted seat in congress- He is the quintessential race baiter and uses the old style, woo iz me- gotta gets mines – HATE-FILLED language that sells in the most racist corners of Harlem.
    When unemployment and crime are at record highs in HARLEM, while he stays safe in his seat and enriches only himself, and the ignorant within his district allows this to continue– therefore- they get the representation they voted for-

    Best thing for WHITE America to do– DO NOT spend 1 dollar- not 1 dollar in Harlem– I know it's trendy and fashionable, but until they elect someone of the NEW- POST RACIST generation that wants to work with and respect white Americans– BOYCOTT HARLEM–

    August 3, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    @Michigan Patriot–Accountable how? Also seems I recall seeing a teabagger on television when the congressional folk were going to vote on ACA spit on a black congressman. Should he have been held accountable? Apparently not. Was he not a racist performing a hate crime? Apparently not. The Tea Party is now trying to actively destroy the country with their own brand of fascism and most of its members are not smart enough to see it. So, how do you want him held accountable? Lynching?

    August 3, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. headinhome7

    Rangle used a racial slur so why aren`t people calling him out 4 it? I`ll tell u why.He`s black and everyone is scared to say that`s the reason because they`ll be accused of being a Racists.Rangle is a Tax cheating racists who`s been on public welfare 4 many years now.Yet we wonder what`s wrong with our country. Rangles model is now being repeated in the white house.God Help The U.S.A.

    August 3, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. nick

    In response to one of the moronic comments above- The GOP is just out for themselves? Are you dumb enough to believe the Dems are out for your own good and not lining their pockets? WOW DUMB IS DUMB IS DUMB

    August 3, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. Keith B. Rosenberg

    His statements would really mean something if he was a Republican. Or if he had said that Democrats damage America just as much ad the Republicans. Both parties damage the country for their own aggrandizement.

    August 3, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Bob

    As a proud Dem, I am offended by the racist remarks. It simply was not necessary. I share his general sentiments about the far right, but he can say those without using racial slurs. It reflects badly on our party because it is simply not necessary . Let the other party stick to racist terms.

    August 3, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  15. shelle

    It doesn't matter if you agree with this idiot's overall opinion or not. A public figure thinks it's acceptable to punctuate his points by throwing around racial slurs? This is the country we live in where it's ok to treat white people like they are less valuable than other races. Ironic because so many white liberals and minorities claim it's the other way around.

    August 3, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    the leaderships in all nations not all are chosen called and God Appointed but many are in on satan army meaning darkness and full of lies untruths setups plots wrong evil continually and more deaths. All nations leaderships that ever where in high office middle lower were are still selfish yesterdays todays nows but not all Gods Children are in charateristics such as these listed. when hearing seeing knowing given to see all of this all nations will eliminate each other there will be no mankind in earth. The at all in no nations at all. See this how many mankind years days months decades centurys have you kept dealing doing walking and liveing with these deaths murders and graves how many innocent peoples blood have you all shed even those in all nations. Lord thy servant asks that all nations that keep these various kinds of deaths wars battles on Lord Thy God In Jesus Name sift out all of these listed from all those after Gods own heart that are willing in obediences to follow JesusChrist and learn Jesus Christ separate the impersonaters the crooked crafty game males and females youth too eldest in all nations separate LordJesus the wolves in sheeps clothing the liars the con artists the preyors the game that robs kills destroys by fast talking liars crooked dealings ways pratices separate these doing evil continously and swiftly have no mercy from nigh and afar in all nations.Lord Jesus all those inside and outside the USA that keep threating the USA and the Africans and afro Americans the American Indians Lord all Black People thy servant of God also asks that black on black crimes in all nations stop swiftly and even sift those who are and arenot black in skin colors that are also doing murders against each other because many have done so in all governments and parties and nations from within all nations thy servant of God asks that all nations from this day forth be sifted on the grounds LordJesus that even genecides and Lord thy God swiflty sift out all those in a

    August 3, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Otis

    Shame so many people in the nation are so empty headed, and mean spirited. But then again it wouldn't be the United States, without the hate and bigotry.

    August 3, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    but barak obama and family isnot a mistake but a blessing given too serve God the Lord In Jesus Name and the HolyGhost Spirit and God the Lord Chose barak by the HolyGhost Spirit . keep pressoong upward on barak amen. Follow Jesus Christ Always.

    August 3, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    political parties in all nations did this but in heart no all have done evil in the eyes of the Lord even in all people all nations . Political houses parties governments senates assembles courts judges attorneys etc.. have sinned all ages everyone of them. Lord Jesus all occupations all lands what have all mankind in breath with breath from all day ones let loose in earth rebirthing death evil look at all waste according unto laws of selfishness look at laws rules of pure hatred hate for see all destruction then and know what is thwre too be proud conceited of or in what is there too be bragging boasting pride or proud over or of death by mankinds hands track record criminals. Lord destroy all those in all governments for some.

    August 3, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    for some smothering everyone else not in nationalitys like so .weary of why people dont will forward its because of a equality they didnot will too go forward sift these also.

    August 3, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  21. Name Uche Agonsi

    Charlie Rangel, whatever was his crime before, is dead on target. Every person with human face is on the hit list of the Republicans. Rand Paul has the same orientations with parrots. He failed to forget that the essence of government is communal service. And in his rantings, forgot that the American Economy, the car industry, the stock markets, the infrastructures, Asia Sunami Victims, American Computer World, US Defence, name it .......all survived because of GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE. Rand Paul is just a fairy tale weightless politician.......... And talking about the Republicans, nothing will destroy the GREAT AMERICA faster than internal negative oppositions to great ideas of real American Patriots like, recently, Regan, Bill Clinton, Obama, and Chris Christie, etc.

    August 4, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  22. Wes

    Democrats are racists and hate America.

    August 4, 2013 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  23. nickg131

    LMAO I love "Donkey Party" claiming the GOP wants to enforce Sharia Law...when Obama's pick for representative to the UN has LITERALLY OUTRIGHT SAID SHE WANTS SHARIA LAW IN THE US.

    The problem is, if anyone speaks out against Obama and his scandal hiding cronies, we're racist. And it also apparently means that we're gigantic right wing nut jobs...because obviously, only a Republican wouldn't like Obama supporting all the openly violent and radical Islamic sects he's sending our tax money too.

    What a bunch of morons. ALL OF OUR LEADERS ARE CROOKS, PEOPLE! Obama just happens to be one of the worst ones in recent years. Hell, at least Nixon had the decency to resign.

    Obama/Hilary/Holder and all of those higher ups need to be thrown in prison for their willful disregard for our laws, their open lies to the country (How's sequestration, Mr Obama? Oh, you can't talk now, you're on your 5th vacation so far this year?)

    Get rid of the two party system, or we will forever be in one of their grips.

    When the government has it's boot on your neck, it doesn't matter if it's the left or the right.

    August 4, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  24. Name Uche Agonsi

    Governance is communal assistance. People unite to catter for communal problems that will attract private oversights. Republicanism has tried to see governance as protective device for the bourgeoisie or aristocratic groups. The Repub concept however accomodates socialist overtures of governance only when is necessary in their in the core duty of protecting the rich. BUT recent developments to this core Repub desire are eternal re-enactment/introduction of racism ( grim hatred of coloured proletariate class ) into the equation to the point of hurting everyone in the country and even destroying the country. This is rightly identified by Charlie Rangel as more than terrorism which wants Islamism. The tragedy is that the current desires of the Republicanism is eternal & could easily bring ruins to the desires of American Founding Fathers who left Europe to look for a land of equal opportunity........... DEMOCRAY.

    August 4, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  25. stars

    The truth hurts the hell out of these racist I bet they are foaming at the mouth like a mad dog.

    August 4, 2013 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
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