Rangel: 'Cult-Type' Tea Party Has 'Illness' to Campaign on Repeal

By Eric Scheiner | December 30, 2013 | 3:32pm EST

 

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) says he doesn’t understand the Tea Party, “a cult-type of group” and that to campaign to repeal laws “is illness.”

“So politics is changing for me at this late age, to have to deal with a cult-type of group of people,” Rangel says in a New York Daily News video posted on Oct. 24.

“When a handful of people can control a larger number of people, to repeal a law that has been passed by the House, the Senate, and declared constitutional by the courts - and they campaign on the issue that it should be repealed- this is past Civics 101. This is illness,” Rangel says.

Earlier this month, Rangel announced that he was seeking his 23rd term in the U.S. Congress. Rangel, who is 83 years old, has served in Congress since 1971.

“I understand Democrats and I used to understand Republicans,” Rangel says early in the video, “There is something going on in this country that I don’t understand and that’s the Tea Party.”

“I have never met or dealt with politicians that don’t mind losing, that don’t mind taking down their party, the Republican Party, or their speaker or the country – or the president or the party for that matter.”

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