WATCH: Jim Clyburn Asks ‘Who Elected Them?’ in Defense of John Conyers


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U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn speaks at an event in 2015.

Democratic congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina is in hot water over his answer to a question posed to him by Cedric Richmond, current chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, regarding why fellow Democrat John Conyers is refusing to step down from his job after allegations of sexual impropriety, when men in other industries stepped down (or were forced to leave).

A video tweeted by Alex Moe, Capitol Hill producer for NBC, shows Clyburn walking to an elevator while Richmond asks “Other men in other industries have faced similar accusations … and gotten out of the way, resign, stepped down, far faster than he has, right … Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer?”

Clyburn curtly responded, “Who elected them?” just before stepping into the elevator and letting the doors close behind him.