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Charles Rangel Blasts Tea Party As ‘Racists’

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Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said that the Thursday House vote to establish a select committee on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack is of little concern to Americans outside of the Republican Party, and that people are not “going to lose sleep” over the issue. (Getty Images)

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said that the Thursday House vote to establish a select committee on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack is of little concern to Americans outside of the Republican Party, and that people are not “going to lose sleep” over the issue. (Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – New York Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel had some strong words for the members of the Tea Party.

He appeared on New York’s TWC News to speak about the stalemate between the White House and congressional Republicans.

Rangel said he puts all the blame on the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement.

“They are mean, racist people. Now, why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states!” Rangel said.

Rangel strongly suggested the Tea Party members will not work with President Obama because he is black.

“They had the Confederate flag, they became Dixiecrats, they had the Confederate flag, and the Tea Party, they’ve still got the Confederate flag! I don’t think that’s a coincidence.”

Speaking about the president’s alma mater, Rangel joked that there must be something in the water at Harvard to makes alumni think they can negotiate with Tea Party groups.

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