And while I understand the context for which he was speaking, his actual comments are inexcusable.
Rangel told the Daily Beast:
“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. 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.”
He also went on to say that Republicans are trying to “sabotage” America.
While I agree that many Republicans are trying to sabotage our country and that racism is prevalent within the GOP (especially the tea party), Mr. Rangel’s comments are simply tasteless.
I don’t care if you’re talking about the tea party or not, you don’t refer to people as “white crackers.” Rep. Rangel’s comments are proof that Democrats can be guilty of making racially charged comments just as Republicans can.
Now, Michele Bachmann is calling on him to apologize to the tea party.
First, I agree he should make some kind of public apology. Not that it will mean a whole lot — he obviously meant what he said and a forced apology doesn’t change that fact, but it’s what you must do as a public figure after such outlandish comments.
But for her of all people to “demand” an apology from someone for ridiculous comments? Please.
This woman is being investigated for major ethics violations and currently holds a 75% “Pants on Fire” rating from Politifact. She shouldn’t be demanding that anyone apologize for unscrupulous behavior or over-the-top statements.
But she’s right in believing that what he said was tasteless. Radical comments like these from Mr. Rangel are something I expect from tea party Republicans, not a Democrat in Congress who’s served continuously since 1971.
And while his personal feelings are his to feel, and again an apology won’t mean he’s sorry about anything he said, it’s just disappointing that a man with his tenure and stature would say something so blatantly ignorant.
Even if some of what he said has some merit, he should have better tact for getting his point across — something he clearly lacked here.
So while I’m ashamed of Representative Rangel’s comments, and agree with Michele Bachmann that they were something that we should view negatively, she’s the last person in Congress that should tell anyone they should apologize for saying something ridiculous.
Because if she had to apologize for all of the off the wall, tasteless comments she’s made in her few years in office — we’d be here all day.
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