The Congressional Black Caucus is refusing to accept Black congressman Byron Donalds as a member and he went on CNN today to discuss it. Here’s part of how it went:
CNN’s Brianna Keilar notes that the CBC rejected Donalds because they claim he doesn’t share the same values, and she quickly tries to make that about Trump, suggesting he’s a racist by playing his comments on white supremacy, and also pointing to Donalds’ questions about the election. Here’s how Donalds responded:
“First of all what the president has said in the past has nothing to do with this discussion at all… As a black man in America, I’m allowed to have my own thoughts on who I choose to support and who I choose not to support. I think that it’s important whether you’re talking about the Congressional Black Caucus or the Florida State Legislative Black Caucus or The National Caucus of State Black Legislators, organizations I have been a part of in the past.
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 black community in my state. You’re talking to somebody, who my first three years in college was at Florida A&M, an HBCU. So whether my support for President Trump, whether it’s for or against, is irrelevant. That has nothing to do with this discussion. This is [about] whether the ideology of somebody who is conservative is welcome in the Congressional Black Caucus. It’s really that simple.
And so to bring up President Trump and make this about him does not matter. It is irrelevant. It has nothing to do with the situation at hand. The question is why the CBC won’t let me join.”
I love it. He refuses to allow Keilar to reframe the discussion and make it about Trump. Donalds is a strong voice and I don’t think I’ve ever heard him where he has disappointed. He is fantastic.
If you want to watch the fuller interview, I’ve got it for you below: