Representative James Clyburn, fellow Congressional Black Caucus member, commented on the recent allegations of sexual assault against Rep. John Conyers.
Politico describes Clyburn’s comment suggesting that Conyers should be “held to a different standard” as opposed to other prominent figures that have recently had similar allegations against them.
“Clyburn (D-S.C.) was walking inside the Capitol with the Congressional Black Caucus chairman, Cedric Richmond (D-La.), when a reporter asked the two about public figures who have been recently accused of sexual misconduct and have promptly been fired or otherwise removed from their positions. Richmond replied that he would need to hear examples of such figures, prompting multiple reporters to offer the names of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and TV anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer.
‘Who elected them?’ Clyburn replied as he and Richmond got into an elevator, whose doors closed before the South Carolina congressman could respond to a follow-up question. A video of the exchange was posted to Twitter by NBC News producer Alex Moe.”
RedState reports that Clyburn has a point in his statement. It was the voters who elected Conyers to such a prominent office. In contrast, others who have had these allegations against them, such as media and entertainment personnel, don’t have to face the harsh repercussions that Conyers will. Instead, these individuals will face angry boards and supervisors, not a voting public.
Additionally, Conyers hasn’t been able to receive the “innocent until proven guilty” discussion. There is a presumed truthfulness in the accusations against him that will highly influence the voters.
“Representative James E. Clyburn, who is a member of the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives, said he was not sure the claims ‘have any real substance.’
‘You can’t jump to conclusions with these types of things,’ he said. “For all I know, all of this could be made up.”
Apparently, Clyburn believes that members of Congress are held to different standards than those in media or entertainment. While they should be held to a different standard, the standard should be higher. Instead, Clyburn believes that because the congressman was elected his actions should be forgiven.
Recent updates have pointed towards Conyers not seeking reelection.