Rep. Charlie Rangel Says Some Republicans Believe “Slavery Isn’t Over”

During a Thursday rally for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Charlie Rangel (D-NY) had Moment of Silencesome tough words for Republicans.

As he did previously in an interview with MSNBC, Rangel compared modern Republicans with the Confederates of the Civil War era.

“We have to win. 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. They don’t disagree— they hate! 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 and think they won the Civil War!” Rangel bellowed.

Comparatively, according to Rangel, Democrats are doing “God’s work.”

“And so what we have to do is send a collective voice,” he said. “Everything we’re doing is God’s work: education, healthcare, affordable housing, [protecting against] discrimination, paying people the minimum wage.”

During his contentious reelection battle, the 84 year old politician blasted “slaveholder states.”

“Who would hυrt their own people — in terms of cutting 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 said.

That wasn’t the last time Rangel would use this line to rally African-Americans.

“These people carry hate in their heart … all of them come from states that used to hold Africans as slaves,” he church goers at Bethany Baptist Church, according to POLITICO. “All of them hated Abe Lincoln! All of them really think that the Civil War is not over!”