Democratic Representative Charlie Rangel from New York told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that the GOP is “the party that has the Ku Klux Klan.”
He invoked the Ku Klux Klan in his explanation of how the Republican Party is falling apart. In addition to the Ku Klux Klan, Rangel said the GOP also has the Tea Party, the Freedom Party, and “used to be the Party of Lincoln.”
Andrea Mitchell wanted to know Rangel’s opinion of why Bernie Sanders is so popular among young people. She used Sanders’ vocal support for a $15 minimum wage as an example. Here’s what Rangel – a Hillary Clinton supporter – had to say:
But that has nothing to do with people that have been looking – look, black folks have been looking for justice in this country, we got Obama, are we satisfied? Heck, no. And if there’s someone out there screaming we should have another black president, I’m not saying don’t scream. All I’m saying [is] that realistically, we have to realize things have to be done.
Even in the great state of New York, we got the $15 minimum wage, but upstate, they don’t get it. They get $12. Is that something to knock Governor Cuomo’s political courage about? I think not. If you’re looking for something to be different about, there’s plenty, no matter who is running for president.
But we are seeing the end of the Republican Party as we know it, a party that has the Ku Klux Klan, has the Tea Party, the Freedom Party, and this used to be the Party of Lincoln, and we’re seeing it fall apart.”
David Rutz with the Washington Free Beacon pointed out:
The racist organization was founded in the Reconstruction era by southern whites, many of whom were Democrats, and it committed acts of murder, intimidation and other violence against blacks. While the organization still exists, its numbers are greatly depleted compared to its heyday.
Ironically, this Ku Klux Klan leader endorsed a presidential candidate, but he didn’t endorse anyone on the Republican side:
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