The Background: Appearing on NY1, Charlie Rangel called Republicans and members of the Tea Party racists.
It’s hard for me to explain how you work with a President that thought he could really deal with the Republican leadership. He really thought, and maybe it was the water they drink at Harvard, that he could deal with the Tea Party. 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 Tea Party, they still got the Confederate flag!