Charlie Rangel: Hamas is today's Soviet Union

New York's embattled congressman rallies to Israel's defense

Published June 14, 2010 3:30PM (EDT)

Congressman Rangel in Times Square
Congressman Rangel in Times Square

A group of Democratic members of Congress from New York is holding a press conference in Times Square at this hour to demand that survivors of Israel's attack on a humanitarian flotilla be investigated by the State Department before being allowed into the United States.

Our Alex Pareene is on the scene and will have a full report shortly. He just sent along this video of Charlie Rangel likening Hamas to....the Soviet Union?

By Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki is an MSNBC host and political correspondent. Previously, he hosted “Up with Steve Kornacki” on Saturday and Sunday 8-10 a.m. ET and was a co-host on MSNBC’s ensemble show “The Cycle.” He has written for the New York Observer, covered Congress for Roll Call, and was the politics editor for Salon. His book, which focuses on the political history of the 1990s, is due out in 2017.

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