This morning on "Starting Point," Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) addresses criticism against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and her handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in September. He says he's frustrated by the criticism and implies there may be a racial component behind the attacks when terms like 'incompetent.'
“These are code words," Rep. Clyburn tells Soledad O'Brien. "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."
"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 Ph.D. Rhodes Scholar, being called incompetent by someone who can’t hold a candle to her intellectually," he says.
"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,” Clyburn adds.