Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was called out on live television by CNN host Ashleigh Banfield on Monday after the Democrat claimed protesters in New York City never chanted for “dead cops” -- even though demonstrators were recently caught on video clearly chanting for dead police officers.
“There are people who are marching through the streets calling for dead cops in New York,” Banfield said.
“They are not,” Rangel shot back, seemingly confident he was right on the issue.
“We’ve got the video,” the CNN host added. “It’s heartbreaking to see people marching through the streets of New York saying, ‘What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.’ And they said it over and over again.”
"It's tragic to think that this is acceptable," she continued. "For them it was."
Rangel then had to change his tune, telling Banfield that it’s not “acceptable” to chant for dead cops. He also argued there are “crazy people” involved in all movements and they should be condemned.
Watch the segment below via CNN:
Days after NYC protesters chanted for "dead cops," two NYPD officers were executed in their marked New York Police Department cruiser. A gunman opened fire on the cops before running to a subway station and committing suicide.