Democrat Congressman Charlie Rangel let fly with his extremist take on members of the Tea Party, calling them “mean” and “racist.”

Rangel’s justification for this rhetoric was that Tea Party members come from red ststes or rather, slave-holding, Confederate flag-waving states.

Via Politicker:

Congressman Charlie Rangel is clearly not a big fan of the Tea Party.

The veteran Harlem Democrat last night declared that the conservative activists are not only difficult to deal with, but that it’s hard to work with anyone, such as President Barack Obama, who “really thought … that he could deal with the Tea Party.”

Mr. Rangel proceeded to get even more direct, calling Tea Party members “mean, racist people” who still cherish the Confederate flag.

“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 the Tea Party; they still got the Confederate [flag]. I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” he continued. “There is nothing the president can do–not love of country, not love of party–that they’re not prepared to kill themselves to get to him.”

Because as everybody knows, there are no Tea Party members hailing from blue states.

Last year, Rangel also 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 Jessie 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.