The verdict is in. Rep. Charles Rangel has been found guilty of 11 counts of House ethics violations. Much more than corruption charges, Congressman Rangel has been building an unsavory resume for decades.
- Admirer of Fidel Castro and Communist Cuba
- Commonly levies baseless charges of racism for political advantage
- Helped to author the largest tax increase in American history
There’s really so much to Mr. Rangel…
Born in Harlem, New York in June 1930, Charles Rangel is a Democratic congressman who represents the 15th Congressional District of New York, located in upper Manhattan. He has served in the House of Representatives since 1971.
Rangel, who is black, has a long history of levying charges of racism against his political and ideological adversaries. For example, when the Republican-led Congress pushed for tax relief in 1994, Rangel denounced the plan as a form of modern-day racism. “It’s not ‘spic’ or ‘nigger’ anymore,” he raged. “[Instead,] they say, ‘Let’s cut taxes.’”
Similarly, when Republicans sought to reform a bloated and abused welfare system through budget cuts, Rangel remonstrated that the planned reforms were beneath even the standards of Nazi Germany: “Hitler wasn’t even talking about doing these things,” he insisted.
Racism is likewise Rangel’s chosen explanation for the disproportionate number of blacks arrested for breaking drug laws, which he has condemned as “racist.”
In 2001, while campaigning for Democratic mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer in New York, Rangel suggested that racism would be to blame were the Hispanic Ferrer to lose to his white rivals in the party primary. Speaking before a Democratic audience, Rangel asked, “How do you feel our hurt when you go to apply for a job and you see three whites there and you know before the interview that you’re not going to get it?”
When President George W. Bush announced a plan to partially privatize Social Security, Rangel charged that Republicans were seeking to shortchange “African American workers” by providing them with reduced benefits “based on their race.”
Following the much-criticized federal response to Hurricane Katrina, a powerful storm that ravaged the Gulf coast in August 2005, Rangel attributed the delayed response to anti-black sentiment within the federal government: “If you’re black in this country, and you’re poor in this country, it’s not an inconvenience — it’s a death sentence.”