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Charlie Rangel: Some in GOP ‘Believe That Slavery Isn’t Over’

New York Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel slandered his Republican colleagues during a rally for New York governor Andrew Cuomo, comparing them to Civil War–era racists who “believe that slavery isn’t over.”

“We’re going to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo,” the veteran New York City lawmaker said on Thursday. “And the thing is, everything we believe in, everything we believe in they hate! They don’t disagree, they hate! They think that if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, we shouldn’t have immigration! Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over, and that they won the Civil War.”

A CNN panel unloaded on the congressman Friday morning. “I’m trying to figure out why is he even still in office,” said ESPN writer LZ Granderson. “You know, after he’s been busted on eleven counts of ethics violations, why is he still in office? Because the types of things that he’s doing right now — saying those kinds of things are absolutely ridiculous and have no place in politics, it has no place in the Democratic party!”

“And if you think what he said is true, then I’m just going to tell you the truth: You’re an idiot!” he continued. “Because slavery, and that time period, does not exist today!”