Even liberals are humiliated by Charlie Rangel’s claim the GOP backs slavery

posted at 3:21 pm on October 31, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Though indirectly and primarily through surrogates, Democratic candidates in states with closely contested federal or statewide races are getting a boost from an ongoing shadow campaign of naked and dishonest race-baiting.

In a piece chronicling the phenomenon, The New York Times noted this week that Democratic allies in Southern states are warning African-American constituents to vote on November 4 lest they want to see a return of Jim Crow, the figurative lynching of President Barack Obama, or more violent clashes with police akin to what occurred in Ferguson, Missouri this summer.

“It’s not race-baiting; it’s actually happening,” said an official with the Democratic Party of North Carolina’s African-American caucus. “I can’t catch a fish unless there’s a worm on the hook.”

No doubt, there will be takers for a message which suggests that a Republican Senate takeover could mean the impeachment of Barack Obama, and that this outcome is perfectly synonymous with the Jim Crow-era lynching of blacks in the Deep South. It’s a poisonous, unhinged, and deleterious brand of politics to espouse, but it is beyond a doubt that some do believe this.

It seems, however, that it is possible to go over the line on race-baiting, even among liberals. Leave it to New York City Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel to not only discover this elusive line, but to leap over it with reckless abandon.

“Everything we believe in, everything we believe in they hate. They don’t disagree – they hate,” Rep. Rangel said while stumping for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and that they won the Civil War.”

Well, Mr. Rangel, not to take your populist ramblings too literally but, in a political context, Republicans did win the Civil War, and the 1864 presidential election after besting the defeatist Democratic candidate, Gen. George McClellan (whose son went on to become the mayor of New York City). But I digress…

CNN dissected Rangel’s embarrassing comments on Friday, and it seems his statements were too much even for those on the left to lend any credence.

“I’m trying to figure out why he’s even still in office,” said ESPN commentator LZ Granderson after observing that Rangel has been cited on 11 ethics violations over his career as a congressman representing Harlem. “If you think what he says is true, then I’m just going to tell you the truth: you’re an idiot.”

“Slavery, and that time period, does not exist today,” he continued. “Is there racism? Absolutely, but it doesn’t exist in the same way it did during slavery times.”

“I think it’s hard because it just feels so non-productive given the tone and the conversation that has been going on in this country for some time,” CNN anchor Michaela Pereira observed.

Granderson agreed and closed by saying that he would welcome a time when the views of an older generation that supports of this kind of virulent race-baiting go the way of opposition to same-sex marriage. “If you’re still saying, ‘Nothing has changed in society,’ and we have an African-American president in the White House, then I just don’t know what to say to you rationally to get you to change your mind,” Granderson closed.

CNN analyst and GOP strategist Ana Navarro observed accurately that Rangel has been an embarrassment to his party for some time. It is nevertheless shocking that, just three days before a national election, Rangel would be defenestrated by his political allies in this eye-opening a fashion.

This post has been amended since it’s original publication.


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Liberals humiliated?? Impossible. One has to be capable of feeling shame in order to feel humiliated.

bimmcorp on October 31, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Rangi, look no further than all of the Southern Democrats who voted against the Civil Rights act

rjoco1 on October 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Back to the alzeimer ward, Charlie…

Doc Holliday on October 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Go for it Charlie, if everything is racist than no one is going to take the charge of racism seriously anymore. Maybe then we can focus on issues and character.

Meh, we’ll find something else to focus on.

V7_Sport on October 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM

ugh, it’s Alzheimer’s. I can’t type.

Doc Holliday on October 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Once Charlie gets through the primary each year (where he has been pressured at times by other Democrats due to his Scandalpalooza) he knows he’s home free, and anything he says about Republicans will have no affect on his election, and certainly won’t be used by his primary opponent two years later.

The only problem for the other Dems here is even they’re noting the diminishing returns from their hyperbolic attacks on Republicans. It will have no effect on Rangel’s re-election, but it could turn off swing voters in a few other close races.

jon1979 on October 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM

“If you think what he says is true, then I’m just going to tell you the truth: you’re an idiot.”

Of course they are, they voted for bag-of-rocks obozo.

Flange on October 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Leftist are always thugs, dirty swine and hypocritical liars.

They are the true racists.

OT – what are they afraid of?

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Leftist Leftists, all of you

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 3:29 PM

“Slavery, and that time period, does not exist today,” he continued. “Is there racism? Absolutely, but it does exist in the same way it did during slavery times.”

Actually, I think Granderson said racism “does not exist in the same way it did during slavery times.”

As Allah would say, “it’s come to this:” It’s depressing to think that’s a remarkable admission from a CNN talking head in the Obama era.

Ed Driscoll on October 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Tax cheat scum, go back to your taxpayer paid for condo in the Dominican and sit on the beach…

PatriotRider on October 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM

All the leftists’ stupidities have perfect timing.

Got to love the morons, from obama on down.

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

The inane ramblings of an irrelevant fool.

Bitter Clinger on October 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

The only current slavery is this – the leftist thugs keep minorities ‘enslaved’, uneducated, subjugated, in modern day ‘plantations’, as voting fodder. Wake up already.

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Shouldn’t Rangel be in prison?

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM

“I’m trying to figure out why he’s even still in office,” said ESPN commentator LZ Granderson after observing that Rangel has been cited on 11 ethics violations over his career as a congressman representing Harlem.

Really, LZ? With all due respect, if you’re “trying to figure out” why Harlem keeps sending Rangel back, well… “you’re an idiot”, too.

Midas on October 31, 2014 at 3:35 PM

The Democrats are getting shrill.

This is not how winners behave. This kind of panic is what you expect from people facing defeat.

Steven Den Beste on October 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Well, Mr. Rangel, not to take your populist ramblings too literally but

Oh noes! It’s the return of “populism” as an epithet at Hot Air!

vlad martel on October 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM

What does it say about the voters in his district that they keep reelecting him?

This race baiting is one of the reasons why I want to see dims crushed on Tuesday. They haven’t a single idea about how to solve the problems facing the country…… except with more and bigger government.

Race baiting is all they have.

cat_owner on October 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Harlem has a history of this kind of thing. Before Rangel, they elected Adam Clayton Powell.

Steven Den Beste on October 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM

The masks are falling off of the leftist liberals “holier than thou” facades and letting their real faces show. Desperate, ugly, bigoted race baiting fascists. Lie, cheat steal, denigrate, orchestrate fraud..anything..anything to stay in power and feed at the trough, at the expense of other peoples money and freedoms.
Hey Liberals!..ya like what ya see..ya agree with what ya hear? I hope so, because that’s the real you.

Mimzey on October 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Meh.

This country elected Obama twice. Do you think the electorate suddenly got a lot smarter this year?

Blacks would still vote for him at greater than 90%, despite the damage he has done to them economically and politically. Single white chicks, while only voting 55 or 60% for O, would be right there with ’em.

These aren’t bright people voting these days.

Dolce Far Niente on October 31, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The only current slavery is this – the leftist thugs keep minorities ‘enslaved’, uneducated, subjugated, in modern day ‘plantations’, as voting fodder. Wake up already.

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Exactly right!

Mollymaloo on October 31, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Someone has to want to believe this stuff for it to work. Those who want to believe it are already political lunatics. It doesn’t move rational people. Gotta rile that Demorat base though.

Akzed on October 31, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Pay your damned taxes, jerk-face.

S. D. on October 31, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Black democrat leaders enslaving blacks to the Democratic party with their racist rants.

albill on October 31, 2014 at 3:46 PM

RANGEL: Some Republicans Believe ‘Slavery Isn’t Over’…

Landrieu blames Southern hostility…

TIMES-PICAYUNE: Desperate Senator smears state she represents…

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Since when has any leftist worried about not crossing a line?

These are people who hold “Sh*t-Ins.”

Star Bird on October 31, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I won’t hassle Charlie too much in his dotage, solely because he pimp-smacked Chavez for dissing Bush in Rangel’s house. Definitely one of his career highlights.

Christien on October 31, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Well, Mr. Rangel, not to take your populist ramblings too literally but, in a political context, Republicans did win the Civil War, and the 1864 presidential election after besting the defeatist Democratic candidate, Gen. George McClellan (whose son went on to become the mayor of New York City). But I digress…

But with such a beautiful digression, you are not only forgiven, but lauded…

JohnGalt23 on October 31, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Is this the same race baiting, ethically challenged, tax cheat that was honored for his lengthy, illustrious service at a ceremony attended by republican leadership? After he was censured.

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Oh, yeah I want to return to slavery and force 300 Blacks to pick my cotton crop by hand instead of using my new John Deere 7760 with the climate controlled cab, deluxe air cushion seat, GPS GreenStar auto steering, mini-fridge and deluxe sound system. No wait…

Wallythedog on October 31, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I don’t believe they are humiliated for ONE second. This what they do.

NoFanofLibs on October 31, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Didn’t Joe Biden do much the same in 2012 claiming that republicans were going to put black people in chains?

Don L on October 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to cut through rangels schtick. It is the same lame schtick as sharpton and jackson and farakhan and the black panthers and obama et al…. It is truly sad to see what the democrats have done to blacks and Hispanics (especially the black family). I keep praying that the blacks will wake up but it is not so. Repent America….

crosshugger on October 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

If Barack Obama had a grandfather, he’d look like Charlie Rangel.

nico on October 31, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Since when has any leftist worried about not crossing a line?

These are people who hold “Sh*t-Ins.”

Star Bird on October 31, 2014 at 3:50 PM

in the end–I suspect that booing God at their convention for the faux messiah would be their greater mistake.

Don L on October 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM

“Humiliated”?

No.

All liberals, all democrats think exactly like Rangel – even though they don’t always admit it.

Pork-Chop on October 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Even liberals are humiliated by Charlie Rangel’s claim the GOP backs slavery

Suuuuuure they are…until Election Day, then they vote for him.

ToddPA on October 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Rangel is a fool, but his race-baiting is effective:
No one believes he is totally correct, but keeping GOP = Racist in the news does hurt us.

itsnotaboutme on October 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

…Which is why we need to nominate a non-white for president in ’16.

Like Jindal.

itsnotaboutme on October 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

If Barack Obama had a grandfather, he’d look like Charlie Rangel.

nico on October 31, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Thats funny.

Mimzey on October 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM

It is nevertheless shocking that, just three days before a national election, Rangel would be defenestrated by campaigning with his political allies in this eye-opening a fashion.

FIFY. If someone feels the need to use Rangel to stump for them after all he has done to his name, reputation and party, they deserve what they get at the polls.

He is a race-baiting demogoguing, POS.

Patriot Vet on October 31, 2014 at 4:23 PM

NOT liberals. Liberals, real liberals, would always be offended and humiliated by the racists that infect the democrat party. Now LEFTISTS are up for any and every thing to to win. Lying, cheating, setting race relations back decades, slandering, lying (they like lying)…

jukin3 on October 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

We Elect Our First Black President And Real Slavery Makes A Comeback

Resist We Much on October 31, 2014 at 3:41 PM

That link was indeed shocking & infuriating, but slavery has made a “comeback” for decades.
There are far more slaves worldwide now than at any time in history.

itsnotaboutme on October 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Put that slave back in chains, right Sheriff Joe?

Closet Optimist on October 31, 2014 at 4:29 PM

What does it say about the voters in his district that they keep reelecting him?

cat_owner on October 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM

As ESPN commentator LZ Granderson said,“They’re all idiots.” (paraphrased)

Hammie on October 31, 2014 at 4:39 PM


itsnotaboutme on October 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Except in the U.S., among others. It just kills me how these race-baiting thugs deceptively scream about this here when in reality, it is a true scourge in numerous countries.

HomeoftheBrave on October 31, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Eh, the only thing the dims are humiliated about is that Charlie isn’t clean and articulate when he plays the race card.

Thomas More on October 31, 2014 at 4:45 PM

C’MON MAN!

The criticism is very mild, on a show with no viewers, only singles out a single statement by safest-of-safe-seats Rangel. Rangel’s comment is nothing compared to Wasserman-Schultz’ repeated invocations of Scott Walker and others “giving women the back of his hand” and “dragging them by their hair”.

Let me know when Brian Williams leads NBC Evening News by heaping scorn on Democrats for lying, race-baiting, and vote fraud.

pilsener on October 31, 2014 at 4:57 PM

It is time to face the truth senility has set in. After all this guy forgot he had property in the Bahamas and completely left it off his tax return. And stop and think how much he has done for the black community. Gee now there is an awkward long silence. Maybe he lends out his Bentley that has been kept in a government paid for lot for years. Yes, this guy is a liar, and a fraud. If he were white he would have been thrown out of office years ago. But that part of society seems to think it is more important to have one of their own in office then someone that actually wants to help them.

pwb on October 31, 2014 at 5:03 PM

ugh, it’s Alzheimer’s. I can’t type.
Doc Holliday on October 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Yep, that’s the first sign :)

Marcola on October 31, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Among my many friends are mixed race couples or families that have them. Among my colleagues and friends are many African Americans or whatever the proper term is.

I only write that because, frankly, I have not ever thought about it in those terms. I grew up in a world that was literally color-blind. A world where none of that mattered and what really mattered was one’s heart and character.

I don’t know anybody that thinks along the line of what Charlie Rangel or these other Democrats state. That’s foreign to me and every person I know. I suppose they exist somewhere. But endemic to a particular political party? What is the basis for such a despicable claim?

I’ve grown extraordinarily tired of people who make tribal pathos pleas to someone based on their race, religion and ethnicity. I thought we were largely past all that.

Was I simply naive or is it just that some people need this bogeyman to peddle their empty arguments, hide the failure of their supposedly fruitful endeavors, camouflage the unsustainability of their positions and distract us from the whole cloth of their lies?

I suspect its the latter.

We may disagree on some things, but in the end we are all Americans. So why is it such people always want to divide us, to keep us apart and at each others throats? Could it be they don’t want us to collectively agree on and recognize the misery they’ve brought upon all of us together as an American community? I posit they do, because the only thing that will sustain them is for all of us to be distracted.

What disgusting and small people they are. My neighbor is my brother and my keeper, no matter what he looks like. Nothing they say will ever change that.

Marcus Traianus on October 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Bad timing for the D-latrine rats

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 5:19 PM

After six years of destroying America, scandals and disaster, borders open to free-loaders, terrorists and pestilence, alienation of allies and bowing to enemies, race baiting, and shredding the constitution why in the world would anyone vote for more of the same of the same sheit ? Good grief ! Even the EVIL republicans could match the destruction of the obamanation and his gang of progressive democrats.
What good is a “reformed” “affordable” medical care act if you can’t get treatment?
What good is a higher minimum wage if you can’t get a job?

Throw the baggage out ! Then arrest them, try them treason, and execute them with extreme prodigious.

lel2007 on October 31, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Put that slave back in chains, right Sheriff Joe?

Closet Optimist on October 31, 2014 at 4:29 PM

I’d settle for a straight jacket and a gag.

Oldnuke on October 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Even liberals are humiliated by Charlie Rangel’s claim the GOP backs slavery

Thats only because liberals are losing from coast to coast. If the election was going their way, Rangel would be hailed as a hero, speaking truth to power, etc…..

BobMbx on October 31, 2014 at 6:46 PM

There are far more slaves worldwide now than at any time in history.

itsnotaboutme on October 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

The Middle East is, and always has been, the slave capital of the world.

BobMbx on October 31, 2014 at 6:51 PM

This post has been amended since it’s original publication.

This post has been amended since it is original publication?

Sincerely,
The Grammar Police

Paul_in_NJ on October 31, 2014 at 6:55 PM

If slavery is coming back, I’ll take Ben Carson.
Or Thomas Sowell.
Or Allen West.
Or Elbert Guillory.

AesopFan on October 31, 2014 at 7:47 PM

This post has been amended since ITS original posting.

John the Libertarian on October 31, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Bull.

Yeah, that’s why every left-wing “liberal” you debate with, when they are losing – which they inevitably do – tacks on a racist charge for any Republican politician or conservative ideal you support. They ALL believe that.

Sterling Holobyte on October 31, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Funny he should mention ‘slavery’…After opposing Civil Rights and after its passage, Democrats were AFRAID of blacks’ new-found power and wanted to find a way to keep them ‘down’ and under their control. President LBJ became the architect of that plan, that ‘tool’, that program, called ‘Economic Slavery’. With these words, LBJ came up with his plan:

“These uppity negroes have something they have never had before – power behind their movement. We have to GIVE them something, but NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I’ll have these ni@@ers voting ‘Democrat’ for the next 200 years.”

It’s more than 50 years later, & LBJ’s plan – fully adopted and instituted by the Democratic Party, is still in full swing. They are STILL giving blacks ‘something’ for their votes, but not enough to make a difference’. Welfare, Food Stamps, unemployment, Obama-phones… just enough to keep them hooked / dependent on government hand-outs but never enough to become independent. In 2008 the news showed one black woman say she voted for Obama because he was going to buy her gasoline…another said he was going to buy her a new kitchen. Both turned out to be ‘un-fulfilled promises. Democrats push the idea that blacks are ‘victims’ and are ‘owed’ these things so they will keep demanding and relying on them. The Democrats then use them as a weapon of ‘fear’ every election by telling them if they don’t vote Democrat the GOP will take it all away.

Now Mr. Millionaire Rangel, caught several times trying to defraud the government by hiding money/not paying taxes, who has remained in office by perpetuating LBJ’s plan of ‘Economic Slavery’ on his own people, is engaged in ‘fear-mongering’ by claiming blacks should vote for Democrats because it is the GOP who thinks / believes slavery exists. Actually, he is right…the GOP does believe it still exists. Blacks still wear the chains of economic slavery forged by LBJ.

easyt65 on November 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Marcus Traianus on October 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A common enemy unites

Jason58 on November 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Privately they are delighted. Its the bread and butter race card that has worked for decades.

RAGIN CAJUN on November 1, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I can’t figure out if Charlie Rangel is suffering from dementia, or if he just has total contempt for the intelligence of his black audience.

RebeccaH on November 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I am sick and tired of Republicans not pointing out that all of the Jim Crow laws and slavery were the product of Democrats and the the Republican Party was the party of Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement. Democrats fought civil rights tooth and nail and were the party of the Klan! Hey GOP, Lincoln free the slaves!!!!!!!!!!!! Stand up and say it!

flytier on November 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM