Clyburn Accuses Pelosi, Hoyer of ‘Tokenism’ in Hiring Practices

Posted on June 20, 2019 10:55 am

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House Majority Whip James Clyburn accused his fellow members of Democratic leadership of engaging in “tokenism” in their hiring practices, before backtracking in a later interview.

Clyburn told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Thursday that unlike Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, he’s always maintained a “fully-integrated staff.”

“Pelosi doesn’t have that experience, nor does Hoyer have that experience,” he told the paper. “To them, tokenism is all right with them.”

When asked what he meant by “tokenism,” Clyburn responded, “What I mean is, how many black folks are on Hoyer’s staff? I’m