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Rangel: ‘Hard to Distinguish’ Between Tea Party, Anti-Civil Rights Dixiecrats

Congressman Charlie Rangel talked about the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act on Hardball tonight, and he argued that modern-day tea partiers speaking out against the Obama administration have rather a lot in common with the Dixiecrats back in the 1960s who were very outspoken in their opposition to civil rights.

Steve Kornacki asked if the Civil Rights Act could not get passed if it were going through the modern-day Congress. Rangel didn’t say directly, but he did note how the Dixiecrats who hated LBJ and civil rights jumped ship to the GOP after the iconic legislation was passed.

And that was when he drew this comparison between the Dixiecrats and the tea party.

“If you take a look at where the Dixiecrats are and take where the tea party people are, it is hard to distinguish. Find out where the confederate flag is that they wave with the tea party. Find out which states hated Lincoln and which states have representatives that hate Obama. Find out which states held slaves.”

Kornacki questioned if he’s really saying the tea party is fueled by race. Rangel responded, “I don’t have to say a darn thing except you can see where they come from. You can see what the opposition has been to voting rights and integration and all of those things.”

Watch the video below, via MSNBC:

[h/t Right Scoop]
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