GOP Rep. Byron Donalds calls CBC silence on membership delay 'off-putting'

“If my positions and my support of President Trump is a problem for them, let them state that on the record,” he said.

6/10/2021 11:42:00 PM

Republican Rep. Byron Donalds said his office has “not really heard much from the CBC” in the months since he expressed interest in joining the Congressional Black Caucus and that no one has communicated why he is being kept out.

“If my positions and my support of President Trump is a problem for them, let them state that on the record,” he said.

“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,” he said. “This is whether the ideology of somebody who is conservative is welcome in the Congressional Black Caucus. It's really that simple.”

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In a follow-up statement issued Thursday, Donalds said his "political party should not exempt me from a seat at the table.""As a young Black man who grew up in the inner city of Brooklyn in a single-parent household, my achieving of the American Dream would be a valued addition to the CBC and one that should transcend politics."

Donalds toldPOLITICO in Februarythat he wanted to join the CBC to inject a conservative presence into the overwhelmingly progressive body and reflect the diversity of political ideology among Black Americans.“I have no problem going into the CBC meeting and having this robust discussion as members of Congress,” he said Thursday. “Let’s have that conversation.” headtopics.com

Melanie Zanona contributed to this report. Read more: POLITICO »

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Smdh They should just name this Democrat Congress Black Caucus alienating fellow African American just because he’s Republican. No R’s allowed! The CBC members are the best of America. Honorable, intelligent, & able to tell the truth about our country's history. ByronDonalds use of the terms 'different perspectives' & 'redemption' indicate he's profoundly ignorant of this nation's history & not worthy of the CBC.

Maybe they feel that Oreos should always go with milk. Why would you join a caucus of people you despise? Why don't you hang out with your Republican friends? The CBC’s membership has largely been comprised by Democrats, and while it has included Black Republicans in the past, some have made a point not to join the group

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