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Clyburn: US must 'get rid of these racist pockets'

Clyburn: US must 'get rid of these racist pockets'
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Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnPelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement Black Republican advocates his case for CBC membership Meet the most powerful woman in Washington not named Pelosi or Harris MORE (D-S.C.) said he does not believe America is a racist country but that lawmakers must fight against “racist legislation” being pushed across the country.

“Yes, I do agree with that. That's not the problem. That's a red herring,” Clyburn, the House majority whip, told Greta Van Susteren for an interview on “Full Court Press” set to air Sunday when asked about Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottKerry Washington backs For the People Act: 'Black and Brown voters are being specifically targeted' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain Black Republican advocates his case for CBC membership MORE’s (R-S.C.) comments earlier this week echoing a similar sentiment.

“The problem you got in this country is that there are jurisdictions that do in fact pass racist legislation and whether or not we are going to condone that," he said.

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"Look, America was not racist when they elected Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' Obama: Fox News viewers 'perceive a different reality' than other Americans Police investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide MORE president or Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDemocrats learn hard truths about Capitol breach Harris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary Abbott says he'll solicit public donations for border wall MORE the vice president. No, but there were a lot of racists out there involved in those campaigns and we're seeing them today," he continued. "Are we going to coddle racists, or are we going to deal with the racists?” 

The comments come as Democrats rail against a slew of voting restriction laws being proposed and passed in states across the country. Democrats have panned the bills as voter suppression efforts that will disproportionately impact people of color.

Clyburn on Friday pushed back on Republican claims that the bills are needed to ensure election security, noting that no widespread fraud was found to have taken place in the 2020 elections.

“It's not accurate at all. There's been no cheating taking place,” Clyburn said. “This is just crazy stuff.”

Democrats have been looking to walk a fine line on calling the legislation discriminatory while not painting the entire country as racist.

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"First of all, no, I don't think America is a racist country, but we also do have to speak the truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today," Vice President Harris said during an interview on ABC News this week. 

The comments on whether America is racist were sparked by Scott’s rebuttal to President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE’s speech to Congress this week in which he accused Democrats of working to divide the country. 

“America is not a racist country” Scott said, referencing Democrats’ criticism of the voting restrictions, adding that “race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants.”