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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Biden Tells Virginia Crowd Romney Administration "Going To Put Y’All Back in Chains"

August 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm (Back in Chains, Danville, Economy, Joe Biden, President Obama, Romney Campaign, Stephanie Cutter, Vice President, Virginia, Wall Street)

Vice-President Joe Biden, a man known for spitting out gaffes every time he exhales, unleashed a racially tinged comment at a speaking event in Danville, Virginia.

Biden: “They’ve said it, every Republican voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the– He said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains. He said he’s going to do nothing about stopping the practice of outsourcing.”

Some of you might be asking what makes this a racially tinged comment, aside from the visual of putting ordinary citizens “back in chains”?  The city of Danville has a population that is nearly 50% African American.

The Romney campaign was quick to respond:

“After weeks of slanderous and baseless accusations leveled against Governor Romney, the Obama Campaign has reached a new low.  The comments made by the Vice President of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama Campaign will say and do anything to win this election.  President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.”

Amazingly, the Obama campaign did not distance themselves from these remarks, instead backing up what Joe Biden said.

Biden is known to make gaffes, but the Obama campaign gave no indication this was a misstep from Biden and doubled-down on the sentiment.  In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said it was a metaphor that President Barack Obama “probably” agreed with.

“I think he probably agrees with Joe Biden’s sentiments,” Cutter said. “I mean he’s using a metaphor about what’s going to happen … look, I appreciate the faux outrage from the Romney campaign. If you want to talk about the use of words, then take a look at Mitt Romney’s stump speech where he basically calls the president un-American. So does [Romney spokeswoman] Andrea Saul agree with that language?” …

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“Bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments — those comments in the full context of them,” she said.

What do you think?  Watch the clip here…

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