“If Charlie [Rangel], or whoever it was, was a Republican and they made that statement – they’d be resigning from office right now,” Trump, who is mulling a 2016 presidential bid, said on "Fox and Friends."
“Nothing will happen to Charlie, I see it all the time,” he added. “If you’re a Republican and you make a statement like that – it’s over, I mean you are finished, and the further right you are, the worse it gets. So it’s a rough double standard, it’s a double standard.”
Rangel on Friday likened House Republicans to “terrorists” and Tea Party activists to “white crackers” and segregationists in an interview with The Daily Beast.
"It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police," Rangel said of Tea Party activists. “They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”
“What is happening is sabotage,” he said of House Republicans. “Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”
Trump pointed to celebrity chef Paula Deen, who he said was “absolutely crucified” for using a racial slur in a private conversation years ago.