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Rangel: Tea Party People Are “Worst Criminal to Deal With”

In an interview with NY1, Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) taunted Republicans while saying the President should use executive orders to pass legislation, suggested that the failure of Obamacare at the hands of Republicans would lead to ruined marriages, and then went on to compare “Tea Party people” to an old police officer’s saying in which it is said “the worst criminal to deal with is one that doesn’t mind dying.”

Details of the interview were published by Politicker.

First, here’s Rangel on how President Obama should use executive orders to push through legislative issues:

… he lamented the fact the work-around could not be used for legislation, suggesting the president turn to the executive orders–like the kind used to end the deportation of many people who’d entered the country illegally as children.

“You know, the DREAM Act for the kids that came over here and didn’t know their home town, the president did that by executive order.”

And if Republicans were opposed to the king’s decrees?

“What’s he gonna do?  Make the Republicans angry?  They’re gonna get annoyed?  They’re not gonna cooperate?”

Rangel, in defense of Obamacare, says Republicans don’t care about marriage:

“They’re concentrating on the small misjudgments that have been made and nobody’s speaking for the 40 and 50 million people that have dreamed and hoped and prayed for that they could be included and insured. Not having insurance not only destroys your life, it destroys your fiscal life. It breaks up marriages. You cannot function anywhere unless you have good health,” he argued, agreeing the president never should have apologized.

And finally Rangel makes a comparison between Tea Partiers and criminals who don’t mind dying for their cause:

“A police officer once told me when I was a kid that the worst criminal to deal with is one that doesn’t mind dying,” he said. “And if you take a look at what these Tea Party people have done–recognizing that there’s more sick and poor white folks then there is–but they still are resisting everything that the president wants to do so they can destroy the people in their district in terms of education and jobs, the Congress, the Republican name. And when we had the debt ceiling crisis, they were really prepared to let the United States of America fiscal policy to go in the tubes. How can you talk with people like this?”

The only thing destroying jobs right now would be Obamacare and Obamanomics.  And what’s with the gratuitous “poor white folks” reference?  Sounds like an attempt to make racial charges against the Tea Party, as per the standard Democrat handbook regarding the chapter on how to drag discourse down to the lowest level of racial demagoguery.

Fitting though, that Rangel should make a comparison involving criminals.  Because if anybody knows about criminals, it’d be a politician who was found guilty on charges of illegally soliciting funds and donations, improper use of House resources and Congressional letterhead, submitting inaccurate financial disclosure statements, and failing to pay taxes on his Dominican villa.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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