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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Rangel and Pointing Fingers

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that political mudslinging had “no place” after the murder of two New York police officers. 
“Pointing fingers has no place at all with civilized people,” he said.
Earlier this year, The Daily Beast reported:
House Republicans? Have done more damage to American competitiveness than al Qaeda ever could. “What is happening is sabotage. Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”

The Tea Party? Defeat them the same way segregation was beaten. “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. 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.”
In March, Salon reported:
“They are mean, racist people,” Rangel said of the Tea Party. “Now why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states.” 
“They had the Confederate flag,” he continued. “They became Dixiecrats; they had the Confederate flag. They’re now the Tea Party; they still got the Confederate [flag].”
Rangel, who resigned in disgrace from the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee because of ethics violations, has been talking this way for a long time.  He said of the 1994 Contract with America: "Hitler wasn't even talking about doing these things."