An audio clip surfaced this morning of a radio interview in which Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) likened the "cult-type of thinking" of terror organization Hamas to the Tea Party.


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The longtime Democratic lawmaker was appearing on a radio program Thursday to discuss the recent kidnapping of three teenagers by Palestinian militants in the West Bank, including a 16-year-old Israeli-American.

“These kids, are being held by people that have no moral standards. The question is how do we handle these types of people who don’t mind dying. You have to admit that that's complex to have someone to think that by attacking innocent human beings by missiles and destroying the lives of children that they're gonna get some reward after they die. "That's worse than the Tea Party's thinking," said Rangel.

The host then pushed back, saying there is no comparison to be made between Palestinian terrorists and Tea Party groups. Rangel answered that it was a "poor analogy when you talk about terrorism" but then went on to continue the comparison.

"When you talk about not recognizing the United States as a nation, not recognizing the president, trying to repeal bills that are already law and sticking to the principles of the Civil War, you know, these are people that you cannot talk rationally to and the president can’t," said Rangel.

He added that in negotiations with Israel, the Palestinians have to be able to "control people in the backroom" the same way Republicans need to control Tea Party members in Washington.

Watch the complete audio clip below.


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