U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel has been coming unhinged for years, but at 83-years old, his time in Congress is short and so are the opportunities to laugh out loud at him.
Can’t you just see him spitting out the words: the tea party peeps are just like that bunch of “white crackers” who fought for segregation in the South! Because, yep, he said that.
David Freedlander, bless his heart, sat with the old curmudgeon for a one-on-one interview for The Daily Beast.
Rangel, to the delight of conservatives, has always spewed whatever nonsense is on his mind, and he didn’t disappoint during The Daily Beast interview.
Some of the most memorable Rangel comments from Freedlander’s interview:
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.”
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.”
“Chris Christie, who is a big Northeasterner, and people only go for Christie because he is reasonable. He says something nice about the president helping out Jersey and now he is on the hit list by Republicans,” Rangel said. “And now my friend Peter King is on their hit list. Peter King, a Republican, is considered a goddamn communist.”
“We have been a powerless giant for a long time. It is just that there is no one there, and so therefore we dominate center stage,” he said. “But the dysfunction of the Congress and the inability of the president to make any changes has caused a lot of Europeans who admire and respect us to take another look.”
“Let’s face it,” he added. “The Republican presidential candidates didn’t make any damn sense. If it wasn’t for the presidency, it would be embarrassing as hell for me to get calls from people overseas and ask what the hell was going on.”
Embarrassing? You mean like a tax cheat censured by Congress? Oh, stop Mr. Rangel!