The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which is controlled by Democrats, is allegedly refusing to let Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), who is black, join the group.
“It’s been six months since the members who won election in 2020 were inducted into the CBC, a powerful and nominally nonpartisan group of Black lawmakers in Congress,” BuzzFeed News reported. “Donalds, who won election for the first time last year, has not been included in that group.”
“Obviously, the dominant voice in the CBC tends to be Democrat or liberal voices, and I want to bring change to that,” Donalds said earlier this year. “Yes, I’m a conservative Republican, but I think in the Black community, we have a wide range of political thought. It doesn’t always get talked about, but it exists.”
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus takes Democrat intolerance to an even higher level as the group only allows Democrats to join.
The CBC has had Republican members in the past and some Republicans, like Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), have refused to join the group when offered membership. Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) told The Wall Street Journal last year that he had no plans to join the CBC.
“Since starting in Congress, our office and the Congressman have engaged with several CBC members expressing his interest in joining, but all we’ve gotten is the cold shoulder,” Donalds’ Communications Director, Harrison Fields, said. “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.”
“Rep. Donalds came to Washington to build relationships and work together with any member willing and able. Since taking office, he’s engaged in several bipartisan bills,” Fields added. “He even sponsored a water bill with Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Charlie Crist of Florida as co-sponsors. In addition, when serving in the Florida House as the sole Black Republican, he joined the Black Caucus hoping to find the potential opportunities to find common ground. His intention as a U.S. Congressman is the same.”
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