After his censure in the House, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) was asked by Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket what he had to say about criticism that an average American citizen would have received harsher punishment than Rangel did under similar circumstances. At first Rangel acted like he didn’t understand the question. After Picket repeated herself he responded:
Please, I’m not a psychiatrist. I don’t deal in average American citizens. Citizens are diverse. They are broad. I don’t know what is average, and so I don’t really agree… I’ll come back to you when you think of a good question.
Yes, Mr. Rangel. We know you don’t deal in average American citizens, but thanks for the reminder.
He may not deal in average American citizens, but as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, his policies certainly have impacted all American citizens.