Trump-defending freshman rep not welcomed by CBC

Monday, June 14, 2021
 | 
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Rep. Byron Donald (Florida)A black Republican congressman who was denied membership in the Congressional Black Caucus says he was turned down because the liberal definition of “diversity” doesn’t include blacks who supported Donald Trump.

Rep. Byron Donalds, a freshman lawmaker representing Florida’s 19th District, says he was not surprised the CBC turned him down because he is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump. But that fact, he says, says more about liberal black lawmakers on Capitol Hill than about the Brooklyn-born Republican.  

“Last time I checked I was born black,” Donalds (pictured above) told Fox News. “I've grown up black. I've made it in America as a black man. I graduated college as a black man.”

The far-left Congressional Black Caucus has at times allowed GOP lawmakers to join, such as Rep. Mia Love and Rep. Allen West, but liberal CBC members literally celebrated when the outspoken West was defeated in 2012.

Donalds, 42, served as a Florida state rep before running in the GOP-leaning 19th District after incumbent Francis Rooney did not seek re-election.

CNN invited Rep. Donalds on to discuss the CBC only to ambush him with a montage of Donald Trump clips meant to demonstrate Trump's racist history, including the former president's "both sides" comment that the media has twisted.

"That has nothing to do with this discussion," Donalds said of the clip. "This is whether the ideology of somebody who is conservative is welcome in the Congressional Black Caucus. It's really that simple."

After the interview, a spokesman for Rep. Donalds said CNN attempted to set "multiple traps" for the freshman lawmaker because "white liberals can't comprehend how black people could be Republicans, especially Trump supporters..."

In the Fox News interview, Rep. Donalds told Laura Ingraham he wants to be part of the CBC in order to bring conservative ideals to the table.

“I know that a lot of members of the CBC will not agree with me, and I'm not going to agree with them,” he said, “but it's about actually having the conversation that the Left always says they want to have.”

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

The war-ready condition of the U.S. armed forces is…

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Still waiting, Senate grinds away on $1T infrastructure bill
Police: 10 shot in Queens by 2 men who fled on mopeds
Evacuations lifted as progress made against western fires
Israeli premier blames Iran for tanker attack; Tehran denies
Burkina Faso sees more child soldiers as jihadi attacks rise
Pizza for shots: UK targets young with vaccine incentives

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Gavin Newsom slammed for mask 'hypocrisy' and 'ignoring science' by GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder
Wuhan lab report raises further questions about possible COVID-19 lab leak
Trump raises more than any ex-president in history: $82M
Sen. Ron Johnson says Americans have lost trust in CDC, other health agencies: 'They are hiding something'
Breakneck pace of crises keeps National Guard away from home

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
MSNBC host makes bizarre claim but nobody saw it

Joy Reid MSNBCA conservative group is waiting for a controversial MSNBC host to apologize for the bizarre claim it wants to “defund” the U.S. armed forces but, if history is any indication, the host will keep on rolling along like nothing was ever said.