In an interview with NY1, veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel spoke of the difficulty of trying to work with the GOP's far right wing. “They are mean, racist people,” the 83-year-old lawmaker said. “Now why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states. They had the Confederate flag. They became Dixiecrats; they had the Confederate flag. They’re now the Tea Party."