Black Congressman Says Republicans Are Using Racially Charged Code Words To Attack Susan Rice
Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina says Republicans are using “code words” to attack UN Ambassador Susan Rice. A letter circulated by 90 Republican members of Congress using words like “incompetent” is meant to discourage the president from nominating Rice as Secretary of State.
CLYBURN: You know, these are code words. We heard them during the campaign. During this recent campaign, we heard [Romney surrogate John] Sununu calling our President ‘lazy’, ‘incompetent.’ These kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us that who were born and raised in the South, we’ve been hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives. And we get insulted by them. Susan Rice is as competent as anyone you will find. And to place that word on her causes problems with people like Marcia Fudge and it certainly causes a problem with me. I don’t like those words. Say that she was wrong for doing it, but don’t call her incompetent.