Clyburn says the Republican Party is ‘losing its way’ and Mitch McConnell ‘is contributing to that’

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  • House Majority Whip James Clyburn said that the Republican Party is “losing its way.”
  • In an interview with CNN State of the Union, Clyburn blamed Mitch McConnell as a contributor.
  • His remarks follow McConnell’s comments to reporters that his focus is “standing up” to Biden’s administration.
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Democratic House Majority Whip James Clyburn responded to Mitch Connell’s comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that the GOP is focused on standing up and stopping President Joe Biden’s administration.

“One hundred percent of my focus is on standing up to this administration,” McConnell said on Sunday after CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper played a clip of his recent remarks to reporters. The statement casted doubt on hopes for bipartisanship under Biden’s administration and reignited calls to end the filibuster.

The Republican part, Clyburn said, “is losing its way.”

“Mitch McConnell has some personal animus toward Democrats that ought not to be,” the 80-year-old Congressman from South Carolina added.

Clyburn continued: “We are one nation, under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Let’s operate like that. This Republican Party is losing its way on all fronts and Mitch McConnell is contributing to that in a big way.”

In the interview, Clyburn said that the Republican party today is showing “dishonor to the people who made it possible.”

His remarks come as Rep. Liz Cheney faces backlash for criticizing former President Donald Trump and as Republicans are working to replace her leadership position in the House.

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A Democratic congressman faces $5,000 fine after Capitol police say he flouted the Capitol’s metal detector security protocol

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House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill.

  • House Majority Whip James Clyburn faces a $5,000 fine after Capitol Police said he bypassed metal detectors.
  • If he doesn’t appeal, Clyburn would be the first Democrat to be fined for violating the security protocols.
  • Metal detectors were installed at the Capitol following the January 6 riots.
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A Democratic congressman was fined $5,000 for failing to complete the Capitol’s metal detector security protocol, according to a document from the Committee of Ethics released earlier this week.

A Capitol police report of the April 20 incident said House Majority James Clyburn “deliberately avoided being screened by refusing to submit to screening at the West lobby screening point.”

“Congressman Clyburn went to the restroom, came out, and continued past the officers and into the House Chamber,” according to the report.

Metal detectors were installed at the Capitol by the order of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following the January 6 riots.

A spokesperson for Clyburn’s office said in a statement to Politico that the South Carolina Democrat “respects the rules of the chamber and he disputes the characterization of this incident.” A source familiar with the incident also told Politico that Clyburn went around the metal detector to return to the House floor, but he had gone through the security less than 10 minutes earlier.

On Wednesday, acting Sergeant at Arms Timothy P. Blodgett wrote in a letter to the House Ethics Committee that Clyburn has been notified of the fine and his right to appeal within the next 30 days. Clyburn told CNN’s Manu Raju on Thursday that he plans to appeal the fine.

He would be the first Democrat to be fined for violating the Capitol’s security protocols.

Multiple GOP members have refused to comply with the security measures, including Reps. Louie Gohmert and Andrew Clyde.

In January, Pelosi said lawmakers will face a fine deducted from their salary for bypassing metal detectors – $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for the second. House Democrats voted in February to uphold the consequence for violation the new safety measures.

“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe,” she said when announcing the fines.

Clyde said in February he planned to “fight” the $5,000 fine for evading metal detectors. He is forced to pay upwards of $15,000 in fines for avoiding being screened after a House Ethics Committee rejected his appeals in April, Forbes reported.

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