‘I Can Have My Own Thoughts’: Florida Representative Byron Donald’s CNN Slams Brianna Keilar for Suggesting His Support for Trump Does Not Qualify Him to Join the Black Caucus
- Donalds has not been included in the Congressional Black Caucus since the election
- He believes his support for Donald Trump has led to his exclusion from the group
- He lashed out at Brianna Keilar and said he can have his own opinion
Florida Representative Byron Donalds had a furious clash with CNN’s Brianna Keilar after the host said his ideas “didn’t align” with those of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
The Republican said he will be barred from the Caucus because of his continued support for Donald Trump.
Keilar, host of Thursday’s New Day, played a montage of Trump’s most controversial comments, causing Donalds to clash with the host.
Florida Representative Byron Donalds had a furious clash with CNN’s Brianna Keilar after the host said his ideas “didn’t align” with those of the Congressional Black Caucus
He began to explain why his support for the former president should not affect his caucus membership, but he was interrupted by Keilar.
Donalds then replied, ‘Please don’t cut me off. I didn’t cut you off in this interview. Please don’t do that to me. Thank you.
“As a black man in America, I get to have my own thoughts about who I support and who I don’t.”
It has now been six months since the members who won the election in 2020 were included in the supposedly impartial CBC.
Republican Said He’s Being Banned From The Caucus Because Of His Continued Support For Donald Trump
Donalds, who was first elected last year, has yet to be included.
The Florida representative has approached members of the CBC to discuss joining the group leading discussions on police reform and racial injustice in the US.
Donalds told CNN: “I have a perspective as a 42-year-old black man who came up in America after a lot of the fighting through the civil rights movement that I think would be helpful and a useful perspective for the CBC.
“A range of discussions from all sides of the political framework is important, not just for black America, but for all of America.”
Donalds objected to Joe Biden’s election victories in Arizona and Pennsylvania and also supports voter identity laws, issues Keilar says are “incongruous with the CBC’s mission.”
Keilar, host of Thursday’s New Day, played a montage of Trump’s most controversial comments, causing Donalds to clash with the presenter
The legislator replied, “If you really look at the bills passed in Florida, Georgia, basically black Americans and all Americans, whether you live in those states, have more access to the ballot, not less.
“Those are the facts, because I’ve read both bills. You say this will increase access for voters of color, for African Americans. That’s just not true.’
Donalds has previously said he wants to join the CBC to change the group’s liberal dominance.
He believes he should not be disfellowshipped because of his political beliefs or support for Trump.
He said: “My support for President Trump has been consistent, but at the same time, I have had the opportunity to advocate for issues, ideas, proposals and funding that have helped the black community in my state.
“My support for President Trump, whether it’s for or against, doesn’t matter. That has nothing to do with this discussion.
“It’s about whether the ideology of someone who is conservative is welcome in the Congressional Black Caucus.”