Rep. Byron Donalds defended his rights as a black man to a white CNN anchor who seemed to suggest that his political views made him unqualified to be in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Donalds said he has expressed interest in being a member of the CBC but has yet to receive an invitation.
Brianna Keilar, CNN’s “New Day” anchor, implied Donalds’ exclusion from the CBC could be a result of his support for former President Trump which she said is “incongruent with the mission of the CBC.”
“As a black man in America I’m allowed to have my own thoughts about who I choose to support and who I choose not to support,” Donalds fired back. “My support of President Trump has been consistent but at the same time I’ve had the ability to advocate for issues, ideas, proposals, and funding that have helped the black community in my state.”
Donalds said using his support for Trump as a reason for not be welcomed to the CBC was just a red herring.
“This is whether the ideology of somebody who is conservative is welcome to the Congressional Black Caucus,” Donalds said. “It’s really that simple. So to bring up President Trump and try to make this about him does not matter, it’s irrelevant, it has nothing to do with the situation at hand.”
Keilar: Your ideas are “incongruous” with their “mission”
Donalds: “As a black man in America, I’m allowed to have my own thoughts” pic.twitter.com/vN9j4KXpNh
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 10, 2021
“Since starting in Congress, our office and the Congressman have engaged with several CBC members expressing his interest in joining, but all we’ve got is the cold shoulder,” Harrison Fields, Donald’s communications director, told Fox News. “The sad reality is although the Congressman and those in the CBC share the same race, the (R) behind his name disqualifies him from membership today.”
Donalds told The Federalist his party affiliation should not exclude him from a group whose intent
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