“We have to win,” the 84-year-old congressman said, Business Insider reported. “We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo. And the thing is everything we believe in — everything we believe in — they hate.”

Mr. Rangel, a New York Democrat, went on to say that Republicans don’t just stand in simple disagreements with Democrats over policy.

“They don’t disagree — they hate,” he said, Newsmax reported. “They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over, and they think they won the Civil War.”