Rep. Clyburn: Criticism of Ambassador Rice includes Racist “Code Words” (Video)

Rep. James Clyburn went there this morning.
The South Carolina Democrats said criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice included “code words.”
It’s racist to attack a black woman in office.

Via Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien on CNN:

Rep. Clyburn:

These are code words. We heard them during the campaign. During this recent campaign, we heard Sununu calling our President ‘lazy,’ ‘incompetent.’ These kinds of terms that those of us – especially those of us 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 anybody that you will find…. It certainly caused a big problem with me. I don’t like those words. Say that she was wrong for doing it, but don’t call her incompetent. That is something totally different. A lot of very competent people sometimes make errors, and to say that she erroneously did it, I don’t have a problem with it. But to call her incompetent, a PHD Rhodes Scholar, being called incompetent by someone who can’t hold a candle to her intellectually. By someone who said, and Senator McCain called her incompetent as well. But he told us that Sarah Palin was a very competent person to be Vice President of the United States. That ought to tell you a little bit about his judgment.”

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  • Granny

    “Incompetent” is a “racist code word.” Funny, it was neither racist nor a code word when some called President Bush exactly that.

  • One can be a Rhodes Scholar and still be incompetent at a job. I don’t know about Susan Rice’s competency, I only know that she bald face lied to the American people on 5 Sunday shows and therefore should not serve in government.

  • Remco Kimber

    Who knew she was black?

    As to this august rep “of the people” and other race/race/race hustlers, when the only tool you’ve got is a hammer, then every problem is a nail.

  • Gayle Spencer

    Wonder what this clown’s SAT scores were?

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  • NeoKong

    I’m pretty sure that everything white people say insults Clyburn.
    He clings to the old stereotypes of racism like it was a warm blanket.
    He needs it.
    He needs his anger.
    There is a black guy with two damn terms in the White House and still that is not enough for him to give it up.
    He has not heard a powerful white politician use the n-word in decades but still he longs to hear it so much he just hears it in other words.
    When he listens to a white person speak he is always searching for any little crumb he can attribute to hidden and subtle racism so he can justify his hidden dislike and mistrust of white people.

  • Sam Stone

    Screw you racist nagger!

  • PegLeg

    I am pretty sure that President Homeboy is also offended, you know, being all clean and articulate like he be!

  • anony mouse

    blacks turn the theory of evolution on its head

  • senah

    Incompetent is now a racist word when used on a person other than white? Isn’t a statement such as this, racist in of itself??

    All I know, when you have a governemnt job, you do what you are told to do. If not, you get reassigned or fired.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    A white Democrat defeated Allen West in Florida. Isn’t that racist?

    A white Democrat defeated Mia Love in Utah. Isn’t that racist?

    In fact, isn’ t the Democrat opposition to all of these black candidates racist?

  • DecentAmerican

    And what in the hell is this racist nut job Clyburn doing bringing Palin into this, isn’t he using sexist code words?

    Damn racist liberal nut jobs. They say McCain is racist for not wanting Rice to be sec of State? Hey stupid liberal nut jobs……you do realize that the first black female Sec of State in history was a Republucan?

    And you know what…..McCain will just keel over and apologize. I am sick of conservatives without any balls to fight back. That is how we lost this election. We need a string conservative with balks who calls the liberals what they are…..racist, insane KKK founding Anericahating nut jobs!!!

  • Rose

    He is such a donkey. Always a donkey. He should be ASHAMED of trying to defend someone from WHAT SHE DID, regardless of what skin color she has.

    REGARDLESS of what Dim Propaganda Machine she “matriculated” from.

    Shame on him. Shame shame shame! Why do these people continue to curse their own households by spitting in the face of their Creator by justifying such evil among themselves.

  • MWTexas

    Maybe if the words “lazy” and “incompetent” didn’t describe a common attitude displayed by blacks they wouldn’t be “hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives.” So, what do you call someone who drops out of high school as soon as he or she can, who does not work, or even look for work, who lives on gov’t handouts and free medical care, who roams the streets at all hours of the night looking to do drugs and have sex with whomever like a dog, and who seriously believes that “Obama gonna pay my mortgage?” Industrious? Self-starter? Go Getter? Hard Worker? Not likely.

    I don’t know how it all over, but that’s how it is in my city . . . and in fact how it was in any city I’ve ever lived in.

  • Flintstone F.



    I do remember Obama admitting he was a little lazy. Fore!

    I remember other code words from the likes of Jesse Jackson:

    “There are dead babies floating down the river.”

    Kanye West: “Bush hates black people.”

    Still trying to decipher those two quotes…

    I will always remember though the one on Nightline with Ted Koppel stunned:

    random black woman victim of Katrina: “I think that president Bush is doing a fine job.” (but wait, you’re black, that’s why we sought you out for the interview…)

    We all know who the racists are. They’re the ones continually obsessed with slapping labels on people and herding them into their appropriate tax bracket.

    Liberalism is communism.

  • moron

    How about beneficiary of affirmative action? Any code words in that?

  • Rep Clyburn is just another race baiting clown who has the IQ of lint. Most members in the Congressional Black Caucus can’t even pronounce equality let alone have any idea of its true meaning. They have replace the KKK as the number one racists group int the US.

  • Ella

    LYING. Not just lazy and incompetent, but also LYING.

  • jorgen

    Nobody is attacking her: it was just pointed out that she is a barefaced liar, as is Obama, Shrillary, Axelrod and the WH staff.

  • Kissmygrits

    Was this race baiter knocking McLame’s judgment or Palin’s competency? Must have gone for a twofer out of his statement.

  • Roger

    I apologize to everyone. This piece of human excement is my congressman.

  • DomesticGoddess

    I cannot believe how divided this country is; racially, religiously, politically, educationally, income-wise. I am finding myself stereotyping where I rarely did before. Obama’s presidency and the complicit media has hyper-focused our differences, and the constant barrage is like a brain washing. We are not only fighting to save our country, we are fighting to save our souls.

  • Chris W.

    Does calling Condi Rice a “house negro” count as racist code words?

  • I didn’t even know Susan Rice was black until this came up, I guess it never occurred to me to notice her race. That must prove just how racist I am.

  • Fed Up American

    They say this every time anyone disagree’s with them and they are any ethnicity other than white. Mr. Clyburn, with much do respect sir. Most American’s are not racist and don’t have to be racist just because they don’t agree with a person being referred for a particular Government position like Mrs. Rice. This is the #1 claim made by the Progressive’s to try and make the opposition to shut up. Well I’m sick of hearing this crap brought up. I would be the first to cry out foul if I see racist hatred of any kind. STOP!!

  • Roger

    Ambassador Stevens and the 3 others were white.

  • L.E. Liesner

    Clyburn has always been and will always be a racist fool. The only card in his deck is the race card. He sees code words in everything written or said of all non Democrats.

  • AmericaWILL

    What a moron.

  • SeniorD

    So I guess ‘Black on Black Murder’ or ‘Black on Black robbery’ or ‘Black on Black Crime’ is also racist?

    What about the good citizens of the ‘Crips’ or ‘Bloods’ or any other group of urban socialites?

  • Charlie

    I think the word *racist* is a dual code for “I hate white people” and “I have no valid argument”.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    The South Carolina Democrats said criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice included “codewords.”

    Here’s something for Clyburn that has no code words in it at all: F&@k you, Clyburn.

  • kato

    Another stupid remark by another stupid race pimp.

    We have affirmative-action in the making of voting districts to make sure we have enough of these black dopes in Congress. Presumably, they’re the best and brightest their people can produce.

    Find any “code words” here, Congressdope?

  • bigL

    So when does he come up for re-election or has he been granted ‘senate tenancy’ for life?

  • Jungle John

    Why is anybody listening to this bag of krap?

  • mg4us

    As the saying goes:
    Rep Clyburn, it takes one to know one. . .so U B Da Racist!

    Heck Carter was Incompetent. . .it is a DemocRAT trait. .
    Ah but they think overspending and being Santa Claus makes them Competent.

    Competent corruptors!

    You know it!

  • Winston Wolfe


  • Rock

    Calyburn spitting on America, again. Whats new? He exemplifies the typical bigot.


    Here’s a code word for you Clyburn ‘You sir, are a race monger” Did you speak out like this and tell us about Democrats “code words” when they called Condi Rice “house ni–er”?????? So I guess it’s okay to annilate black conservatives, but if you “question” the motives of a black, female democrat you are a racist according to you. What a moron.

  • Radegunda

    So, Clyburn hears the words “lazy” and “incompetent” and he immediately thinks that means “black.” Who’s the racist then?

  • eatmelickmebiteme

    Here’s another code word. F**k you!



  • Robert

    Clyburn sees everything through the prism of racialism; he is a racist.

    As for Rice, if she was so smart, then why didn’t she think of the possibility that a region rife with islamic radicalism and known groups could organize an attack on the consulate?

  • DecentAmerican

    Can we pls have a conservative who has the balls to fight back with the truth, and alert America that the Demikkkrats are the party of hate and racism? God pls provide us with one, just one strong conservative with the guts to fight back.

    Actually, that hero was West, but stupid racist Floridians voted him out.

  • scneocon

    We should have just picked our own damn cotton.

  • scneocon

    #35 – He’s in a heavily Democratic protected Gerrymandered district & he throws Federal cash around like he’s Afro-Claus. He’s dug in tighter than a tick on a hound dog he’s there for life or until he installs one of his family members to take his place. A good bet would be his daughter, Mignon. Gotta’ love a brutha’ who names his daugher after a steak (’cause it sounds all French & sophisticated). No one could hold a candle to “Drivin’ Miss Nancy” Clyburn intellectually, could they.

  • Soapy Johnson

    Enough with the racial codewords and dog whistles, real racists tell it like it is …

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    competent person service

  • scneocon

    Rice’s degrees are in history & philosophy. Here’s where we start getting incompetent:
    From 1993-97, Rice served on the National Security Council for the Clinton administration.
    “In 1996 Rice helped persuade President Clinton to rebuff Sudan’s offer to turn Osama bin Laden, who was then living there, over to U.S. authorities.” Rice reasoned that because Sudan had a poor human-rights record, the U.S. should have no dealings with that nation’s government — not even to obtain custody of the al Qaeda leader or to receive intelligence information on terrorists from Sudanese authorities. Bin Laden subsequently moved his terrorist operations to Afghanistan, from where he would mastermind the 9/11 attacks. Incompetent? Criminally.

  • bg


    Chris W. #24 November 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

    re: “house negro”

    scroll thread for more..


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