Rangel Questions Why Obama Thought He Could Work With ‘Mean, Racist’ Tea Party

Charlie Rangel on Inside City Hall last night. (screengrab: NY1)
Charlie Rangel on Inside City Hall last night.

Congressman Charlie Rangel is clearly not a big fan of the Tea Party.

The veteran Harlem Democrat last night declared that the conservative activists are not only difficult to deal with, but that it’s hard to work with anyone, such as President Barack Obama, who “really thought … that he could deal with the Tea Party.” 

“It’s hard for me to explain how you work with a president that thought that he could really deal with the Republican leadership,” argued Mr. Rangel, speaking on NY1’s Inside City Hall about what the federal government could do to prevent more tragedies like last week’s massive building collapse in East Harlem.

“Maybe it was the water that they drink at Harvard,” Mr. Rangel offered, referring to Mr. Obama’s alma mater.

Mr. Rangel proceeded to get even more direct, calling Tea Party members “mean, racist people” who still cherish the Confederate flag.

“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 continued. “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.”

Mr. Rangel is no stranger to castigating Tea Party activists in the strongest terms. Last year the outspoken congressman declared them to be “the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police.”

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