House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) plans to introduce a resolution of disapproval in the House today condemning Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) outburst during President Obama’s address last week to a joint session of Congress.
Most Democrats and some Republicans, including South Carolina’s Bob Ingliss, support Clyburn’s decision. The majority of Republicans, though - even House Minority leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) - plan to vote against it.
Wilson insists that he has apologized to the President and there is no need for him to apologize to his colleagues in the House as Clyburn is pressing him to do.
"I've apologized one time. The apology was accepted by the president, the vice president who I know. I am not apologizing again," he told "FOX News Sunday." "I believe that is sufficient."
House of Representatives' rule book states: "Personal abuse, innuendo or ridicule of the president is not permitted." Members are also prohibited from referring to the president or a presidential nominee as a “liar” or accusing them of "lying."
Those rules would have put him in clear violation of official conduct for shouting “You lie” during the President’s address might not count, insiders say. Because it was a joint session of Congress with senators and others present – not just a forum of members of the House of Representatives - those guidelines don’t apply.
"A lot of these outbursts have to do with delegitimizing him as a president,”"Clyburn, a fellow member of the South Carolina delegation of which Wilson is a member, told the New York Times.
"In South Carolina politics, I learned that the olive branch works very seldom. You have to come at these things from a position of strength,” Clyburn continued. My father used to say, ‘Son, always remember that silence gives consent. "
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