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Charlie Rangel compares Tea Party to cult, calls campaign for repeal 'illness'

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In a video posted Monday to CNS News, Rep. Charlie Rangel compared the Tea Party to a cult and said campaigning for the repeal of unpopular laws like Obamacare is an illness.

“So politics is changing for me at this late age, to have to deal with a cult-type of group of people,” he told the New York Daily News, referring to the Tea Party.

“When a handful of people can control a larger number of people, to repeal a law that has been passed by the House, the Senate, and declared constitutional by the courts - and they campaign on the issue that it should be repealed- this is past Civics 101. This is illness,” he added, referring to Obamacare, a law that has never received support from a majority of Americans.

The 83-year-old Rangel, CNS said, is seeking his 23rd term in office.

“I understand Democrats and I used to understand Republicans,” Rangel said. “There is something going on in this country that I don’t understand and that’s the Tea Party.”

That could be because Rangel has chosen to denigrate and smear the pro-Constitution movement instead of listening to what it has been saying.

In November, for example, he slammed Tea Party Republicans for refusing to cooperate with Barack Obama and compared them to criminals.

“A police officer once told me when I was a kid that the worst criminal to deal with is one that doesn’t mind dying,” he said. “And if you take a look at what these Tea Party people have done–recognizing that there’s more sick and poor white folks then there is–but they still are resisting everything that the president wants to do so they can destroy the people in their district in terms of education and jobs, the Congress, the Republican name. And when we had the debt ceiling crisis, they were really prepared to let the United States of America fiscal policy to go in the tubes. How can you talk with people like this?”

In October, he accused Republicans of treason and falsely claimed they want to bring down the government and in September, he said Republicans are going to hell for opposing big government. In August, he used a racial slur, claiming the Tea Party is "the same group of crackers" who fought civil rights.

He has also called for redistribution of wealth and claimed "rich" people do not defend America.

Rangel reiterated some of those claims in the video.

“I have never met or dealt with politicians that don’t mind losing, that don’t mind taking down their party, the Republican Party, or their speaker or the country – or the president or the party for that matter," he said.

Rangel has served in the House since 1971.

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