Doing his part to foment hate and violence against Republicans, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., falsely claimed House Republicans are Confederates attempting to “bring down the government” during a Tuesday appearance on CNN. The charge was so outlandish that CNN host Ashleigh Banfield ripped into him for his rhetoric, Mediaite said.
“This is all about a handful of people who got elected as Republicans that want to bring down our government,” the New York liberal said, implying that House GOP members are basically traitors. “You can see it in the streets. You can see where they’re coming from. The same way they fought as Confederates, they want to bring down the government and reform it.”
"Whoa,” Banfield said. “I’m sorry. Are you likening — and I’m only assuming that you’re referring to the tea party members who are pretty intransigent on their views — are you liking them to Confederates?"
“Well, I can tell you this, if you look at the states that they control, take a look at the Dixiecrats, see how they went over to the Republican Party,” he replied, apparently ignorant of the Republican conservatives from states like Idaho, Washington and Minnesota.
“Michele Bachmann is not from Dixie,” Banfield said. “What are you talking about?” she asked, laughing.
Bachmann is not the only conservative from a state north of the Mason-Dixon line. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a conservative from Washington State who opposes Obamacare, is fourth in the House GOP leadership, and Raul Labrador, another Tea Party Republican, is from Idaho. These facts apparently meant nothing to Rangel, however.
"Apparently," a post at Weasel Zippers said, "Rangel missed Wasserman Schultz’s call for civility in political discourse."
Since the partial government shutdown began two weeks ago, liberal Democrats from President Obama on down have engaged in what can only be characterized as a systematic and relentless campaign of hate intended to stoke their angry, far-left wing base.
Since Sunday's Million Vet March in Washington, liberals in the Democratic Party and the media have attempted to turn the appearance of a single Confederate battle flag into the 21st century version of an invasion by Robert E. Lee, falsely claiming that anyone in the Tea Party seeks a return of the antebellum South.
Banfield, to her credit, reminded Rangel that Republicans have the same right to their views as Rangel does.
"The last I checked, they have an equal vote as do you and those of your ilk," she said. "Doesn't that mean you've just got to deal with it, sir?" she asked.
"You just have to deal with it and negotiate -- and that's what politicking is," she added.
Rangel, apparently not understanding Banfield's use of the word "ilk," responded by saying the "ilk" is not with him, but with a "small group" of lawmakers -- presumably Tea Party Republicans.
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