Rep. Charles Rangel: GOP and civil rights foes ‘have the same Confederate heroes’
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) accused Republicans on Friday of stifling Loretta Lynch’s nomination as Attorney General out of racial bias, comparing them to the “Dixiecrats” who opposed the Civil Rights Movement, Buzzfeed reported.
“They come from the same communities. They fight the same liberal ways of allowing people to vote,” Rangel told radio host Joe Madison. “They have the same way. They have the same Confederate heroes on their wall.”
As MSNBC reported, Lynch’s nomination has not come up for a vote despite being backed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, leading to criticism from Senate Democrats.
“You know if this woman was white we wouldn’t be going through this,” Rangel argued. “As a matter of fact it has nothing to do with her. It has everything to do with Eric Holder and everything to do with the president.”
“They’ve probably mentioned Eric Holder’s name in the Judiciary Committee hearings more than they mention her name,” Madison replied.
Rangel said it would take “a generation of change” for conservatives to get over their disdain for both Holder and President Barack Obama, and said he encountered prejudice while serving on the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
“Those people holding those picket signs with the president out there looking like Adolf Hitler,” he explained. “The calls they were calling with John Lewis and me outside is the same type of voices, the same type of southern accents the same states when I was marching with Doctor Martin Luther King. I mean the hatred is still there.”
Rangel’s remarks came amid criticism for House Republicans after reports that they would not be represented at the upcoming 50th anniversary event of the march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama. However, MSNBC reported on Friday evening that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would be attending.
Listen to Rangel’s interview with , as posted by Buzzfeed on Friday, below.