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Charlie Rangel Pretends to Take a Phone Call During Debate

Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel made a rather odd choice for opening statement in Wednesday’s Democratic primary debate for his House seat: pretending to take a phone call. And what followed was a strange comedy routine bashing his two opponents while the audience in attendance ate it up.

He took a few shots at State Senator Adriano Espaillat, telling the “person” on the phone, “No, no, he didn’t say he passed any bills. No, no, no, no, he’s been there 18 years, but he didn’t say he passed any bills at all.” When his fake conversation partner chimed in, Rangel said, “Well, the guy was only there half of the time.”

He also went after Reverend Michael Walrond a bit, asking, “How can be register to vote in New York when he lives in Jersey?” The entire time, Rangel kept his phone to his ear, and the audience reacted like they were at a Comedy Central roast.

Which, let’s face it, would be a fun new tone for political debates…

Watch the video below, via NYTrue:

[h/t Daily Intelligencer]
[image via screengrab]

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