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Video: Hearing audience laughs at Charlie Rangel's revisionist history

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY (AP/Charles Dharapak)

Taking a break from comparing Republicans to Civil War Confederates, New York Congressman Charlie Rangel put his own spin on entitlement history during a House hearing on the botched rollout of Obamacare.  Republican criticism of the Affordable Care Act, Rangel insisted, is consistent with a long history of opposition to entitlements dating back to the 1930s.

“I don’t think that one Republican voted for the Social Security Act, even though those old enough enjoy the benefits,” Rangel declared.

"That's... that's not accurate," one committee member interjected.

"Well, we'll see," Rangel responded, leaving room for the possibility that "maybe one or two" Republicans may have supported the law.

As Mediaite's Noah Rothman points out, it's incredibly inaccurate: 81 House Republicans and 16 Senate Republicans voted for the Social Security Act of 1935.  Likewise, 70 House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans voted for Medicare in 1965.

But, you know... we'll see.

The buffoonery really is something to behold:

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