In an interview published today, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., said today's Tea Party is the same group of "white crackers" who supported segregation decades ago in the South.
“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police," Rangel told The Daily Beast. "They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break."
The controversial congressman also compared Republicans to terrorists.
"What is happening is sabotage," he said. "Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”
However, he did say nice things about New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Peter King.
"People only go for Christie because he is reasonable," Rangel said. "He says something nice about the president helping out Jersey and now he is on the hit list by Republicans. And now my friend Peter King is on their hit list. Peter King, a Republican, is considered a communist.”
Even the Pope got a few smacks from Rangel.
"What are we Democrats fighting for?" Rangel said. "We are not fighting for salvation and going to heaven. But we are fighting for Medicaid, Medicare, health care, education, jobs, helping old folks. And I’ll be damned, besides same-sex marriage, I don’t hear the voice of the church."
He added: "As a matter of fact, the pope is talking he can’t judge gays. Well, damn it to hell, ask for another message from God. Here we were born. I mean, why is there a silence on old folks and a silence on poverty and a silence on kids?”
To be fair, Pope Francis has spoken out on helping the poor several times, including during a recent trip to Latin America, noted The Australian.