Byron Donalds gets into an argument with a CNN host after she claims his ideas are “incongruent” with the Black Caucus.
Congressman Byron Donalds got into an argument with a CNN reporter on Thursday after she said his opinions were “incongruous” with the Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC).
After expressing interest in joining the caucus months ago, Donalds, a Republican from Florida, told New Day anchor Brianna Keilar that he hasn’t “actually heard anything” from it.
In the Congressional Black Caucus, there are presently no Republican members.
“As a 42-year-old Black man who grew up in America during a lot of the civil rights conflicts, I think I have a view that would actually be beneficial and a valuable viewpoint to the CBC,” Donalds said. “It’s entirely up to them whether or not they want to take advantage of it.”
Donalds was then asked if his questions about the 2020 election outcomes and his defense of former President Donald Trump are “incongruent with the CBC’s mandate.”
“First and foremost, whatever the president has said in the past has no bearing on this discussion,” Donalds stated.
Donalds’ support for Trump was then reiterated by Keilar.
The congressman said, “Please don’t cut me off.” “In this interview, I have not cut you off. Please don’t do anything like that to me. Thank you very much. As a Black man in America, I am free to believe what I want about who I support and who I don’t support. Whether you’re talking about the Congressional Black Caucus, the Florida State Legislative Black Caucus, or the National Caucus of State Black Legislators, all of which I’ve been a part of in the past, I believe it’s vital.”
He added, “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.”
BuzzFeed News was the first to report Wednesday that the CBC was blocking Donalds’ membership, citing an unnamed source familiar with the caucus’s plans.
Washington Newsday reached out to the CBC for comment on Donalds’ remarks and the BuzzFeed report but didn’t receive a response before publication.
On Thursday morning, the caucus wrote on Twitter that it “remains committed to fighting for issues that support Black communities, including the police accountability bill, protecting. This is a brief summary.