Hostility Remains after Wilson House Rebuke

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The House of Representatives returned to work Wednesday divided over an outburst by one of its own.
     
The House voted 240 to 179 to condemn the action of Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., who yelled "you lie" during President Barack Obama's speech to Congress last week.
     
Wilson stands of accused of incivility and some are also calling his action racist.

The House vote on Wilson marks the first time it has disapproved a member outburst in 20 years.    

"That issue is whether we are able to proceed with a degree of civility and decorum that our rules and our democracy contemplate," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

Accusations of racism have now made it into the debate surrounding Rep. Wilson's outburst, but is it a fair claim?

CBN News spoke with Bishop E.W. Jackson about this. Click play for his comments.

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., added, "This is about the rules of this House and reprehensible conduct.
   
Only seven Republicans voted to condemn Wilson with most saying the whole thing is merely a distraction.

"Our economy is struggling. Families are hurting. And Congress is demanding an apology from a man who has already apologized," Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said.
   
Wilson himself said he's done apologizing.

"The president said the time for games is over," Wilson said. "I agree with the president. He graciously accepted my apology and the issue is over."
  
But others are making sure it's not over. Former President Jimmy Carter condemned the outburst, saying it was based on racism.

"There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African American ought not to be president and ought not be given the same respect as if he were white," Carter said.
   
At the end of the day it's clear this kind of controversy can be good for fund-raising. Since his outburst, Wilson has pulled in nearly $2 million - and his opponent, $1.5 million.

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