Following this morning’s tragic building collapse in Harlem, a local NBC affiliate asked Rep. Charles Rangel to weigh in. Big mistake:

No, really:

Here’s what he said: “This is a very serious thing. It’s our community’s 9/11.”

Oof.

OK, so, first of all, as awful and heartbreaking as today’s events were, they simply do not compare to the murder of thousands of Americans on 9/11:

https://twitter.com/NOPeteHere/status/443786383878914049

Also offensive? The suggestion that the people of Harlem weren’t really affected by 9/11:

That’s Rangel for you.

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