Wut, indeed. Fox News’ Chad Pergram reports that Rep. Charles Rangel had this to say about the developing VA scandal:
Korean war vet Rep Charlie Rangel says issues with VA wouldn't be happening "if it was a different class of people who were dying"
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 20, 2014
— JudyNC (@JWV52) May 20, 2014
Um.. "@ChadPergram: Korean war vet Rangel says issues with VA wouldn't be happening "if it was a different class of people who were dying"
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) May 20, 2014
— My2Cents (@HappiKamper) May 20, 2014
If Rangel said that, we’d love to hear the explanation.
Would like to hear an explanation from Rangel on what he meant by "a different class of people dying" in regards to the VA.
— Shaun Jenkins (@shaunj_07) May 20, 2014
What is Charlie Rangel trying to say?! People don't care about vets because of class?! WTF?!?!
— Heather (@hboulware) May 20, 2014
Twitchy will update with additional confirmation and video of Rangel’s remarks if they become available.
Rangel’s remarks in full are now available here.
The quote in question:
Asked whether VA Secretary Eric Shinseki should continue in his position, Mr. Rangel said the problem was larger than that.
“I am saying it’s our whole country — it’s our religious community that allows this to happen,” he said. “And I tell you, if it was a different class of people that were dying on Wall Street, it would not happen, and I know that. And no one can challenge that.
“They’re destroying their own lives because of this — they come home and they find [themselves] jobless and homeless and [hopeless], and we don’t talk about it,” he said. “And we just talk casually about the introduction of troops … so you asked the wrong guy for any rational explanation for what’s happening to them; VA or no VA, it’s wrong.”