Rep. Charlie Rangel: Biden Made a Stupid Reference to Slavery Because He Thought it Was Cute
Most Democrats have been at least somewhat supportive of Vice President Biden’s controversial remark about Republicans wanting to put black people back in chains, but it now looks as if that trend is over.
At a campaign rally in Virginia, Biden said “Look at their budget, and what they are proposing,” continuing, “Romney wants to let–he said in the first hundred days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street.”
Biden then paused, and said, “they going to put y’all back in chains.”
Rev. Al Sharpton was only mildly critical, saying “I think it was, I think he used the wrong term, I think he might have been over the top. But what, hateful? If he was referring to the middle class, even in front of a black audience, I don’t know how you make that hateful.”
Newark Mayor Cory Booker blamed the media, saying “this is really what I recoil about in where our politics is getting now……..and is being fueled by Super PAC money, is being fueled by a media that becomes obsessed with sound bites rather than substance. Every single week now, from both sides, we seem to be running on ten-second clips of sound bites and ignoring substance. Please, I beg America, listen to the whole speech by the Vice President. Don’t let the sound bites that the media is presenting to you affect your mind. Listen to the whole speech. This was a substantive speech about how we’re going to reform Wall street, about how we’re going to protect consumers, about how we’re going to stop the over-leveraging of banks, about how we’re going to create a consumer bill of rights, a credit card bill of rights and how we’re go against predatory lending. All of that is the substantive things that my majority black city in Newark is concerned with. These are the real substantive issues that the media and that the sound bite politics is distracting us from.”
Now Congressman Rangel has joined the chorus,offering some of the most severe criticism to date.
“The Vice President said he’s going to put “y’all in chains,” Rangel said in a radio interview. “Was he talking about slavery? You bet your a*s he was. Was he using the vernacular? Yes, he was. Did he think it was cute? Yes, he did. Was it something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid.”
“It was something that if a black had said it, we would have been laughing, because we would know deep down, they may be beating the h**l out of us but they ain’t thinking about putting us into any chains,” Rangel continued.
Whether you agree with Rangel or not, it’s good to know that he still speaks his mind.
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