Rep. Charlie Rangel, in a town hall hosted in his home district of New York City, tied together the tea party with slavery, saying the conservative wing of the GOP has roots in pro-Ku Klux Klan and Confederate Army messaging.

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“They come from states that used to own slaves,” he said, when asked by TheBlaze what he thinks of his tea party colleagues in Congress. “They come from states that the Confederate Army was pledged allegiance to. They come from states that the Ku Klux Klan and voters’ rights and all of those things came into play.”

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He went on, saying those with such political views “left the Democratic Party, thank God,” and sought out like-minded Republicans.

“They joined the Republican Party and they like being among themselves,” Rangle said, TheBlaze reported.

He later added: “The tea party has made it abundantly clear that they don’t care about the Republican Party as it exists, the Congress, House or Senate, or even the president of the United States. It is their view that if they can bring down the government, they can rebuild in their image.”


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