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Charlie Rangel: Tea Party 'mean, racist people' who embrace Confederate flag

Charlie Rangel smears entire Tea Party as "mean, racist" people who "still" embrace Confederate flag.
Charlie Rangel smears entire Tea Party as "mean, racist" people who "still" embrace Confederate flag.
NY-1 via Politicker

While appearing on NY1′s Inside City Hall, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., made some unflattering and downright false statements regarding the Tea Party, calling members of the small-government movement "mean, racist people" who "still" embrace the Confederate flag, Politicker reported Wednesday.

“They are mean, racist people. Now why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states. They had the Confederate flag. They became Dixiecrats; they had the Confederate flag. They’re now the Tea Party; they still got the Confederate [flag]. I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” he said.

He then compared them to terrorists embarked on a suicide mission.

"There is nothing the president can do–not love of country, not love of party–that they’re not prepared to kill themselves to get to him,” he added.

Apparently, Rangel, like so many on the far-left, thinks every state that votes Republican was a former member of the Confederacy. Rangel' assertion, however, is demonstrably false.

Idaho, for example, is a deep-red state with a Republican governor and a Republican-controlled legislature. The state's entire congressional delegation is also Republican and one -- Raul Labrador -- is a Tea Party representatives whose roots are in Puerto Rico.

Idaho did not enter the Union until 1890 -- long after the Civil War. But Rangel apparently thinks Idaho was part of the Confederacy.

Other states, like Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, all voted for Romney in 2012. None of those states were part of the Confederacy, despite Rangel's claim.

On the other hand, Florida and Virginia both voted for Obama in the 2012 campaign. Those states were part of the Confederacy, but apparently, Rangel forgot about that.

This is not the first time Rangel has attempted to foment hate against conservatives by falsely linking them to the Confederacy, implying racism and treason where none exists.

Last August, for example, he falsely claimed the Tea Party is the same group of "white crackers" that fought civil rights in the South.

Last December, he compared the Tea Party to a cult, calling the effort to repeal Obamacare an "illness."

Rangel gets away with his smears and defamatory claims primarily because the media lets him, and his position as a member of the House provides some protection from formal charges of slander.

Rangel appeared on the program to discuss what the government could do to prevent events like last week's collapse of a building in East Harlem.

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