While guest-hosting on O’Reilly Factor for the show’s host, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham (also known as the poor man’s Ann Coulter) got into a match against Representative Charlie Rangel. The gist of the debate was about race after Rangel took offense to Rep. Allen West’s infamous comments comparing the Democratic party to a plantation. Ingraham, not known for journalistic cred, still took on the New York congressman and the interview was sort of a stale mate, with both trying to outshout each other.
Then Rangel made a stupid by saying: “Bill O’Reilly told me he had a secret weapon… I didn’t know it was just a pretty girl that he would bring here.”
Of course Ingraham was offended and called him out. There’s no excuse for her bad interviewing skills, but Rangel should’ve known better than to go where he went.
It actually hurts physically to see the caricature Rangel has become – he was a hero of mine before, but now due to his ethics sandals he’s sort of devolved into a joke, and this is just one more step down from his once-vaulted position as one of the most respected members of Congress.