Charlie Rangel on Biden’s "Chains" Comment: "You Bet Your Ass He Was" Talking About Slavery

August 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm (Back in Chains, Charlie Rangel, Joe Biden, New York, Racism, Slavery, Stupid, Virginia)

Looks like Joe Biden’s remarks to a predominantly black crowd in Virginia that the Romney/Ryan ticket wants to put “y’all back in chains” has another critic – Democrat Charlie Rangel.

Rangel attacked the racial tone of the comment, the vernacular Biden chose, and declared the comments were indeed about slavery. 

Rangel also concluded, “You bet your ass it was stupid”.

This is a direct counter to the claims Biden and Obama have made since the remarks raised eyebrows a couple of weeks ago.

Via Politicker:

After Vice President Joe Biden infamously told an audience that Mitt Romney is “going to unchain Wall Street,” and concluded they are “going to put y’all back in chains,” Mr. Romney’s campaign cried foul. This was an obvious and unfair allusion to slavery, Mr. Romney’s surrogates argued.

Well, count veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel among Mr. Biden’s critics on the Democratic side of the aisle.

“The Vice President said he’s going to put “y’all in chains,” Mr. Rangel told The Perez Notes in a recent free-wheeling interview. “Was he talking about slavery? You bet your ass 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 if a black had said it, we would have been laughing, because we would know deep down they may be beating the hell out of us, but they ain’t thinking about putting us into any chains,” he added.

Will pressure from his own side prompt an apology from the vice-president?

Watch the video below (about 3:00 in)…

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