Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had harsh words for Tea Party Republicans during a town hall he hosted Tuesday in New York City.
The outspoken Democrat was asked by TheBlaze about what he thinks motivates the more conservative wing of the House Republicans.
"They come from states that used to own slaves," Rangel said of his Tea Party colleagues. "They come from states that the Confederate Army was pledged allegiance to. They come from states that the Ku Klux Klan and voters rights and all of those things came into play."
"[T]hey left the Democratic Party, thank God, they joined the Republican Party and they like being among themselves," Rangel added.
Later, Rangel explained that Tea Party members of Congress wish to take down not only the Republican Party, but also the U.S. government.
"The Tea Party has made it abundantly clear that they don't care about the Republican Party as it exists, the Congress, House or Senate or even the president of the United States," he said. "It is their view that if they can bring down the government they can rebuild in their image."
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