Several Democratic members of Congress held a press conference today in defense of Susan Rice. Representative Marcia Fudge (D., OH), the new leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Republicans could not question Rice’s qualifications for Secretary of State and suggested that any attempts to do so were inspired by racism and sexism:
How do you say a person like Susan Rice is not qualified? You may not like her, you may not like the administration, but don’t say she’s not qualified. She is the most qualified person I’m sure that any of you know, that these senators know. . . . It is a shame that any time anything goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities. I have a real issue with that. . . . For you who are haters, as the young people say, your hate is going nowhere. Just go on and hate on, but look in the mirror and hate yourself, not the people that do this work.