The Republican party shot down claims that verbal attacks against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice are racially motivated.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus accused the GOP of going after Rice because she’s black.
Rice has faced criticism over the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. President Obama has already asked that any partisan blame be placed on his shoulders, but that hasn’t stopped GOP leaders from calling Rice things like “incompetent,” and “lazy,” words which have been deemed both racist and s-xist.
“That’s absolutely false,” Texas Rep. Michael Burgess told CNN host Soledad O’Brien, when asked about Rep. James Clyburn’s conclusion that reviews of Rice have transcended her job title and taken a negative turn based on her skin color. “I don’t know where Rep. Clyburn gets his information, but I will just tell you he’s factually incorrect.”
Clyburn believes that “code words” have been used to describe Rice, and mask a discriminatory Republican thought process. “We heard them during the campaign,” Clyburn noted. “During this recent campaign, we heard Senator Sununu calling our president lazy, incompetent—these kind of terms that those of us, especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South, we would hear these little words and phrases all of our lives, and we’d get insulted by them.”
Despite the fodder, and accusations of misleading the American people, Rice’s remarks after the attack, came from the White House who fitted her with “talking points,” before going to the media.
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