Rep. James Clyburn (R-SC) on Tuesday accused Republicans in Congress of using racial "code words" to undermine U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice even though they "can’t hold a candle to her intellectually."
In a letter written to President Barack Obama on Monday, 97 House Republicans said that Rice "is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public" with her early assessment of the September attacks in Benghazi — which relied on CIA-approved talking points that did not mention al Qaeda.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has also pledged to block Rice if the president nominates her to become the next secretary of state, saying that she was "not qualified" and guilty of "not being very bright."
Speaking at a press conference last week, Rep. Marcia Fudge said that there was "clear racism and sexism" behind the attacks on Rice.