Confused Rep. James Clyburn Recommends 'Sexting' As a Get-Out-The-Vote Tactic

The longtime South Carolina Democrat recommending 'sexting' as a way to increase voter turnout in the November elections. That could be awkward.

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Add Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to the list of elderly congressmen who get a bit confused talking about the lingo all the young people are using these days.

In the video below (via the Daily Caller), Clyburn, 74, is talking to a caller on C-Span about the all the ways that people upset about the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson can organize for change in the upcoming elections.

"Use the tools that we have," Clyburn says. "We've got great tools to communicate about everything else.

"We can text," he goes on. "What do we call it? Sexting?"

Wait, sexting?

That would be a novel, if somewhat awkward, way to increase voter turnout.

The best part about the video is that Clyburn briefly glances over for help to the clearly younger man standing next to him, who just starts laughing.

First elected in 1992, Clyburn is one of three members of the senior House Democratic leadership who are over 70 years old, along with Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Steny Hoyer (Md.).

For their future reference, here is the Urban Dictionary definition of "sexting":

v: the act of text messaging someone in the hopes of having a sexual encounter with them later; initially casual, transitioning into highly suggestive and even sexually explicit

Clyburn apparently made the comment in an appearance that aired over the Labor Day weekend, but it was unearthed Thursday by the Daily Caller.

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