Charlie Rangel, a man hailing from the true party of racism – the Democrats – made an appearance on Hardball this evening and did his usual shtick on how Tea Party members are all Obama-hating racists. He was in his element over on MSNBC where the host guided him on the race-baiting path by stating “The Civil Rights Act that passed in 1964 wouldn’t pass in 2014…”
Rangel took the bait, comparing the Tea Party to the Dixiecrats of the era who opposed the Civil Rights Act. He said that the Dixiecrats are the ‘grandparents’ of the Tea Party, and that the grandchildren wave confederate flags, hate Lincoln, and would support slavery.
The Dixiecrats of course, were Democrats – the party of racism.
HOST: Congressman, I will start with you. …The Civil Rights Act that passed in 1964 wouldn’t pass in 2014. Do you agree with that?
RANGEL: First of all, the strongest opposition to President Johnson came from Dixiecrats. He had the support of Republicans. Johnson said that it would destroy the Democratic Party as we know it and it did. So as soon as blacks had the right to vote, the Dixiecrats changed parties.
HOST: Southern Conservative Democrats switched over to Republicans?
RANGEL: Yeah. If you take a look at where the Dixiecrats are and look at where the Tea Party people are, it is hard to distinguish. Find out where the confederate flag is that they wave with the Tea Party. Find out which states hated Lincoln and which states have representatives that hate Obama. Find out which states held slaves.
HOST: When you say that, when you look at the Tea Party today, and you can say, that this is a movement with a lot of support from its heavily white, heavily southern, heavily conservative – certainly back then heavily white southern and all that. Is race the motivating factor are you saying for the Tea Party, though?
RANGEL: I don’t have to say a darn thing except you can see where they come from. You can see what the opposition has been to voting rights and integration and all of those things. You know it came from the South, right? Now, if you see the same people changing their name, are you asking me, should I call the Tea Party whites racists?
Here is video of the segment…
In March, Rangel called the Tea Party “mean” and “racist.” And last year, Rangel referred to the Tea Party as pro-segregation “white crackers.”
These comments show that Rangel, while clearly a good race-baiter, isn’t exactly an accomplished historian. The party of segregation, the party of Jim Crow, has always been the Democrat party. Rangel’s Democrat party.
Here’s a little reminder courtesy of Human Events and Jesse Jackson Jr. of all people:
… Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D.-Ill.) explained in an interview with Fox News contributor Angela McGlowan in her book Bamboozled:
“There is no doubt that the Democratic Party is the party of the Confederacy, historically, that the Democratic Party’s flag is the Confederate flag. It was our party’s flag. That Jefferson Davis was a Democrat, that Stonewall Jackson strongly identified with the Democratic Party, that secessionists in the South saw themselves as Democrats and were Democrats. That so much of the Democratic Party’s history, since it is our nation’s oldest political party, has its roots in slavery.”
How did the same Jim Crow Democrats who fought tooth-and-nail with segregationists to keep blacks on a virtual plantation become the party that now wins 95% of the black vote? Republicans passed Civil Rights laws, Democrats wrote revisionist history.
Also, when the FDR White House passed a federal anti-lynching bill in the ’30s, it was the entrenched Democrat senators in the south who “filibustered it to death.”
But hey, Rangel never lets facts get in the way of an opportunity to slur members of the Tea Party.