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October 10, 2015

Rangel: Tea Party Does Not ‘Believe the Union Won’ Civil War (Video)

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During the Congressional Black Caucus’ special order hour on the House floor Monday night, Rep. Charles B. Rangel hammered the tea party not only for embracing the Confederate flag, but also for hating President Barack Obama “as much as their [Dixiecrat] predecessors probably hated Abe Lincoln.”

“[In] some parts of the United States of America they don’t believe that the Union won. The reason I come to that conclusion is that … I have never seen so many Confederate flags that represent groups that are proud of the fact that they call themselves the Tea Party,” the New York Democrat said during his 10-minute floor speech, referring to an event he attended with President Ulysses S. Grant’s great-great-grandson. “They’re from that part of the country that the states owned slaves.”



Rangel, the second most senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has pushed the White House to do more to combat poverty and inequality. The Senate recently passed an extension of unemployment benefits and there are new signs  the House may take up legislation on an immigration overhaul.

Comments (57)

  1. Brenda Huddleston

    April 29, 2014
    1:24 p.m.

    Mr. Rangel, you have no idea what makes up a tea party member.

  2. HelpSaveMaryland

    April 29, 2014
    3:32 p.m.

    Another racist rears his head during the month of April. Has Rangel paid all the back taxes he owes yet?

    • Nick10

      April 30, 2014
      8:33 a.m.

      Anyone can get tax extensions.

      • Jim Denney

        April 30, 2014
        1:46 p.m.

        Not everybody can be forgiven tax evasions, however. Are you really that stupid, or are you merely brainwashed?

        • William Hofmeister

          April 30, 2014
          4:08 p.m.

          Nick10 appears to be a paid Obama supporter, not a very knowledgeable at that. Just being a contrarian and nasty is no way to go through life.

      • exsanguine

        April 30, 2014
        5:28 p.m.

        Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son

  3. NoyMyView

    April 29, 2014
    5:21 p.m.

    The Democrats debated taking any reference to God out of their platform. Their entire platform is now based on unfounded, unsubstantial claims of racism! Mr.Rangle and reality have seperated long ago.

    • William Hofmeister

      April 30, 2014
      3:51 p.m.

      The Democrats booed God at their last convention. How telling.

  4. copper

    April 29, 2014
    9:06 p.m.

    When do you suppose certain individuals will accept the fact that, yes the Civil War is over. Yes, the Union won and, yes, slavery is over!!! I get so sick and tired of hearing “slavery” talk from those so far removed.

    • deloclem

      April 30, 2014
      11:16 a.m.

      They won’t let it go, even though they never were slaves and we never owned any slaves. They keep teaching it to their kids and keep teaching hate. They are still trying to get restitution for their ancestors being slaves.

  5. Bradley Hansen

    April 29, 2014
    9:14 p.m.

    Charlie must have missed the part of his public education that explained he is in the party of the slave owners. The plantation is the gubmint now…but the slave owners are still democrats.

    • pitch1934

      April 29, 2014
      9:27 p.m.

      Funny, isn’t it , how the parties switched around. As I recall, Teddy Roosevelt was 1) a RepubliCAN and2) he cared for the environment and 3) he was for the working people. The Republicants got their start under Hoover and FDR became the first of the Democrat Presidents that had a bit of sympathy for the people. Lincoln would break down in tears today at what his party, the repugnant party has become.

      • Bradley Hansen

        April 29, 2014
        9:34 p.m.

        Ah yes there’s the revisionist history democrats now. For shame, Teddy owned a gun, though. Also, democrats care little for the environment or the people…especially the middle class. But you just keep blindly following that campaign line – they depend on your votes!

        • DILKe

          April 30, 2014
          11:33 a.m.

          pitch1943 must also be writing the new common core history books… LOL

      • Nick10

        April 30, 2014
        9:35 a.m.

        In the 1910 decade GOP President Teddy Roosevelt was known as the rough rider. Dem Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to deal with the 1930s greatest collapse. People lost homes.

        In the 1940s Franklin Delano waged the WW2 war in Europe. He died before the end of WW2 and was succeeded by VP Harry Truman who dropped the first atom bomb on Japan and ended the war. In 1952 he was succeeded by General Dwight Eisenhower who won the war.

        • William Hofmeister

          April 30, 2014
          3:46 p.m.

          Roosevelt was a good war time President but sadly had no business nor economic sense. Most of his policies were unconstitutional. The rest simply didn’t work and prolonged a normal two year recovery into a decade long one. It is interesting that his original “hate” business policies switched 180 degrees into a “love” business policy when he needed them to arm up for the war.

        • exsanguine

          April 30, 2014
          5:26 p.m.

          T.R. was the first progressive. Not a republican. Now run along kiddo.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        April 30, 2014
        1:28 p.m.

        “The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required to achieve good outcomes,” Cole said. “Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened.”

        • William Hofmeister

          April 30, 2014
          3:50 p.m.

          The capitalistic approach would have ended the depression a decade sooner. It was the socialist approach of interfering in the economy instead of the free market approach that was responsible for all the damage. Hoover was the first President to interfere and not let the economy take its course in recovery. Roosevelt adopted many of the same policies as Hoover only on a bigger scale. Roosevelt knew nothing about economics nor business.

      • Enough is Enough

        April 30, 2014
        3:43 p.m.

        You really believe that the democRAT (see, I can do that too) party cares about the poor and the middle class? Ha! You are too foolish to understand that all they are doing is trying to buy your vote with their promises. They don’t care about you or the Republic… long as they can live in luxury for their time on this earth the future of the Republic be damned!

    • ArizonaSun

      April 30, 2014
      12:52 p.m.

      If the Union had not won, Charlie would have been strung up years ago.

      • The redhawk

        May 1, 2014
        10:37 a.m.

        He he was a GOP he’d be Strung up NOW!

    • Farmgirl

      May 1, 2014
      10:20 a.m.

      If Charlie keeps everyone fighting, they won’t notice all the naughty things he does… Point the finger at someone else so they won’t look at you! It’s a very clever kindergarten and congressional trick!

  6. ShadrachSmith

    April 29, 2014
    9:43 p.m.

    When did the Tea Party give Rangel authority to speak for their motivations?
    Rangel’s bigotry is his own.

    • Nick10

      April 30, 2014
      8:29 a.m.

      The party has no authority. See above.

  7. Geary Marks

    April 30, 2014
    12:05 a.m.

    This racism crap is getting seriously old. You can always tell who the democrats fear by whom they denigrate the most.

  8. Nick10

    April 30, 2014
    8:26 a.m.

    Polls from the well known Polling Report on-line here.
    The Tea Party Movement has very few who support the movement.
    From 2010 to 2014. Tea Party poll results.
    NBC News/Wall Street Journal. Dozens of poll results. On average.
    Yes 24% versus No 66%.
    CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dozens of poll results.
    Yes 25% versus No 65%.
    Let’s face it. The Tea Party never got anywhere. The party is over.

    • mcjenny

      April 30, 2014
      10:42 a.m.

      Then why is the left so obsessed with them?

      • DILKe

        April 30, 2014
        11:35 a.m.

        HAHA so true, they’re scared. BTW, nice polls from CBS and NBC… Nick10 probably thinks there is NO media bias, LOL.

    • William Hofmeister

      April 30, 2014
      3:54 p.m.

      Yet they won hugely in 2010.Maybe if they stopped polling the DNC you might get better results.

    • exsanguine

      April 30, 2014
      5:24 p.m.

      NBC…CBS….surely you jest. wipe the babygoo off your chin and get off your knees for once

  9. DILKe

    April 30, 2014
    11:31 a.m.

    Race Hustling POS.

  10. Freddie King

    April 30, 2014
    11:37 a.m.

    Hey, Charlie. Your “Get Out of Jail Free” card for your Korea service has expired.

  11. Lazlo

    April 30, 2014
    11:55 a.m.

    Charlie Rangel gives cash rewards to Black youths that successfully attack and knock out innocent White people.

  12. Commonsense_its_not_that_hard

    April 30, 2014
    1:18 p.m.

    Charlie you are an embarrassment to the Black community. Who helped get you out of slavery, who risked their lives and the lives of their families to hide those who escaped from slavery? Believe it or not it was the ancestors of the Tea Party you idiot!

  13. Commonsense_its_not_that_hard

    April 30, 2014
    1:19 p.m.

    Hey Charlie where is the WHITE CACUS?

  14. Schrodingers Cat

    April 30, 2014
    1:50 p.m.

    Rangel…..another top American criminal, hypocrite, tax-evader, and race exploiter……a Marxist Democrat.

  15. Enough is Enough

    April 30, 2014
    3:39 p.m.

    Hey Chucky, when you abolish the “Black Caucus” then I’ll be more than happy to talk about the end of racism…….as long as you, and others like you, demand to be treated differently (ie “Better”) because of the color of your skin I will show you only the respect you deserve…..none….

    • Lilu Kanine

      April 30, 2014
      4:54 p.m.

      Does that mean we can have a “white caucus?” Or…racist!!

  16. CharlieEL

    April 30, 2014
    3:44 p.m.

    Charlie needs to head on off into the sunset before he makes any more of a fool of himself that he already has. There is no doubt to anyone at all that the Union won the war…it has been made increasingly obvious in the last few decades with the behemoth government that now stifles any and all rights of citizens and the states. He also mentions those states that owned slaves….guess he forgot thet New York was once a slave owning state. Funny how we reference only the history we want…

  17. Okeydoker

    April 30, 2014
    3:49 p.m.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. These negroes are either ignorant or stupid. Or both.

  18. mjhawkeye

    April 30, 2014
    3:54 p.m.

    “Charley, pay your friggin’ taxes”!

  19. mrmano_0

    April 30, 2014
    4:20 p.m.

    Stupid inbreds still celebrate the confederate losers, how much self loathing do you have to have to party for the losing side?

  20. Lilu Kanine

    April 30, 2014
    4:53 p.m.

    Rangel seems to believe because the Union won the Civil War 150 YEARS AGO that somehow we’re obligated to sit down, shut up, and not defend our values. Sit n’ spin, Rangel.

  21. Unc Remus

    April 30, 2014
    6:32 p.m.

    Rangel is the poster Bigot of the CBC…but, then again, the whole caucus is nothing but clique of halfwitted bigots, thieves and racists..

  22. Barb

    April 30, 2014
    6:51 p.m.

    Slander is the name of the game, by senile old men who lie, lie, and lie again.

  23. ItsPolitics101

    April 30, 2014
    7:41 p.m.

    Allen West says Charlie Rangel stuck on stupid.

  24. Marine68

    April 30, 2014
    9:58 p.m.

    Mr. Rangel is dead wrong, we do know the North won the War of Northern aggression. What he did not say was that when we consider the fact that the North has very little industry left, the South will win the next one. Almost won the first one with no infrastructure, but we’ve learned from that mistake.

  25. Enzo

    May 1, 2014
    1:19 a.m.

    This guy is such a useless imbecile he doesn’t even know his own party the democrats started the civil war and soundly lost it. What a duud.

    • Bob Compton

      May 4, 2014
      7:34 p.m.

      He knows it. He just can’t be bothered with facts, conscience, morals or a even a modicum of respect for people with integrity. He, like the lying king, is a psychopath, as are the majority of the elite in the liberal party.

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    May 1, 2014
    3 a.m.

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  27. maryatlanta

    May 1, 2014
    7:11 a.m.

    Jobs would help the poor not an extension in unemployment benefits. The policies of the left have intentionally inhibited growth, jobs and GDP putting our nation at risk. Rangel’s accusations are inaccurate and hate baiting. Perhaps he is delusional.

  28. The redhawk

    May 1, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    Now that is another RACIST statement… in which case When are we to Remove this Racist POS from Office????

  29. IowaFalcon

    May 1, 2014
    11:16 a.m.

    I am going to admit it. I like the Confederate flag. I am not a racist, and I would hope that people of all genders, races, national origins, and all the other groups that democrats like to split us up into would take the time to understand why.

    The civil war was a bit more complex than simply about whether rich plantation owners would be allowed to continue the despicable practice of slavery. Why would so many young folks go to their grave defending that? That was a component, no doubt, but there was a greater issue. It was a point where we tested the premise that states were supreme, and the federal government was a voluntary arrangement between states. The rebels were truly rebelling against an over-reaching federal government, even if that overreach was for a good reason.

    Today, we see over-reach of federal government everywhere, and for ostensibly good reasons. The founders did not warn us about government power used to do harm. They warned us of government power used in an attempt to do good. That is the kind of encroachment that leads to the population enslaved by the government. The fight against it is what people like me see in the Stars and Bars.

    I assume that Rangel also was quick to note the Gadsen flags, or the Battle of Gonzales flags that are also popular at TEA Party rallies. No? I wonder why?

  30. Bob Compton

    May 4, 2014
    6:43 p.m.

    Rascal Rangel made an A on his “rules for radicals” test. He is fluent in bloviating, obfuscating, transferring their sins toward us, denying, denigrating, deflecting, devaluing, and several other “D” actions. He can look you straight in the eye and accuse you of being a tax cheat, a voting cheat and anything else illegal, and everything he said applied to him. It’s easy to tell what democrats have done wrong and what Conservatives have done right: If a democrat blames the Tea Party for something, it’s something the liberals did, but if he takes credit for something, 99.9% of the time it was really a Republican who actually did it. For instance LBJ’s Civil Rights Act of 1964 was actually pushed by Eisenhower, but blocked by then Senate majority leader, LBJ. When he assumed the presidency following JFK’s assassination, the Republicans again took up the civil rights legislation that Eisenhower had pushed. Seeing that he could not defeat the movement, LBJ urged its passage, then crowed about how HE was responsible for it’s passing. If Charlie-boy did not have so much power, he would have been in prison years ago. Of course, in a just world, almost every liberal in politics would be in prison. I must admit, though, that politicians in general from both parties make used car salesmen look like altar-boys, and in a just world, there would be maybe a dozen people left in Congress out of the 535.

    • carlos

      May 11, 2014
      1:47 a.m.

      Well stated. As a matter of history, though, it should be noted that LBJ is on record as telling his Democratic colleagues that if they passed the Civil Rights bill that if we “pass this these ni@@ers will vote for us for the next 200 years”, a phrase seldom referred to by today’s pundits and creative historians.

      • Bob Compton

        May 11, 2014
        2:36 p.m.

        Yeah, I knew that. I usually include it, but it must have been late at night when I wrote my reply. Thanks for adding it to the record. LBJ was a thug, just like the lying king, and also had a history of rigged elections, like our illustrious leader.

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