Dem. Rep. Clyburn suggests Conyers accusers not credible because they’re white, compares them to child murderer

On Wednesday, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., compared the women accusing Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to notorious child killer Susan Smith and suggested they may not be credible because they’re white, Robert Draper, a writer for the New York Times, said in a tweet.

“Also at this morning’s House Democratic caucus: James Clyburn compared Conyers’ accusers to the child murderer Susan Smith, who initially claimed a black man had abducted her kids. Clyburn said, these are all white women who’ve made these charges against Conyers,” he said.


According to Breitbart:

Two separate women accused Rep. Conyers of making unwanted sexual advances towards them.

Conyers admitted last week to reaching a $27,000 settlement with a former congressional staffer in 2015. However, the congressman denied allegations of sexual harassment.

Rep. Clyburn’s office reportedly denied the allegations that Clyburn used the Susan Smith metaphor, while Draper suggests that multiple sources have told him that the South Carolina congressman used the reference on several occasions.

Congressman Cedric Richmond, a member of the Black Caucus, said, “This is not accurate. @Clyburn used the Smith example to illustrate the dangers of convicting people before getting all the facts. Although Smith killed her kids, she blamed an innocent person & a lot of people believed that innocent person was guilty.”

“If the police hadn’t investigated, the wrong person would have gone to jail. This mischaracterization of what @clyburn said is nothing more than members changing the story because they want his leadership position,” Richmond added.

Clyburn responded sharply, claiming the statement by Draper was false.

“This is inaccurate in many regards. That discussion had nothing to with Conyers,” he tweeted.

In response, Draper said in another tweet that “that discussion was specifically & exclusively about Conyers, according to 2 attendees. Who else could you have been referring to when bringing up Susan Smith?”

In another tweet, he added:


Smith, by the way, is a white woman currently imprisoned for drowning her children in 1994.  She initially blamed the murders on a “black man” who did not exist.

A number of people piled on to Clyburn:

Another person responded with a reference to the rule regarding holes:

One person asked:


Good question.

As Twitchy noted, “if Clyburn has some further proof that the story is inaccurate, he might want to produce it.”  And he should do it quickly.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press said that Conyers has no plan to resign from office.

“He’s going to fight these allegations tooth and nail if he has to with evidence, with documentation, witnesses, whatever he has to do,” attorney Arnold Reed told the AP. “And the accusers will have to prove up their case.”

But, the New York Post said, he does not intend to run for re-election in 2018.

Wonder why…


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