Clyburn says some critics are using race to oppose his leadership bid

Clyburn says some critics are using race to oppose his leadership bid
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Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnMaxine Waters expresses confidence Biden will pick Black woman as VP Kanye West 'not denying' his campaign seeks to damage Biden Clyburn: 'No question' Kanye West effort is attempt to take votes from Biden MORE (D-S.C.) suggested on Tuesday that critics are using racially charged language to oppose his bid for House majority whip in the next Congress.

Clyburn, a leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told McClatchy that some people have suggested he has not been effective in his role as Democratic whip and that his position is a symbolic one.

“I don’t know where it’s all coming from,” Clyburn told McClatchy. “But someone came to me over the weekend and told me that (they heard), when I was whip before, I was a figurehead.”

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Clyburn did not name any names but likened the rhetoric to "little dog whistles."

Clyburn was the majority whip when Democrats controlled the House between 2007 and 2011. He is pursuing the same post, the third-ranking position in the party, for the next Congress.

He joins Reps. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Trump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (D-Calif.) and Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (D-Md.) in the push to keep the top leadership structure intact moving forward, despite calls for generational changes among some party members.

Rep. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteIt's past time to be rid of the legacy of Jesse Helms Diabetes Caucus co-chairs say telehealth expansion to continue beyond pandemic The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin previews GOP coronavirus relief package MORE (D-Colo.) has launched a challenge against Clyburn for Democratic whip. She has served as chief deputy whip for more than a decade, and is touting her experience and the need to increase female representation on the leadership team.

Matt Inzeo, a spokesman for DeGette, denied to McClatchy that the congresswoman or her supporters were using racially based arguments to undermine Clyburn's candidacy.

Leadership elections are scheduled for Nov. 28.