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Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) is embattled in a political race that could end his career, but that doesn’t mean he’s playing it safe. Even though the outspoken 84 year old lawmaker is trailing his primary challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Rangel is still as blunt as ever when discussing President Obama’s critics.
When MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt asked Rangel if Republican opposition to Obama is “based on race,” Rangel didn’t bιte his tongue.
“You know, that’s a subjective question. But, let me say this: Are most of the states that they represent, are they in the Confederate states that fought the Union? Were they slaveholder states? And when they come to Washington, do you see more Confederate flags than American flags?”
Rangel also said that some Republicans are willing to cυt off their nose to spite their face, so to speak. Meaning they will hυrt themselves and their constituents so long as they hυrt Obama’s agenda as well.
“Who would hυrt their own people — in terms of cυtting off health, job opportunity, food stamps — to get after this president? It takes a lot of hatred to hurt yourself just to embarrass the president. So, I’m trying to think with the tea party — and basically what they have said and what their spokespeople have said — this would not be the same if the president was not of color,” he explained.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller has also previously speculated that race plays a role in the GOP’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act.