Florida Rep. Byron Donalds hasn’t been admitted to the Congressional Black Caucus – but he does have entree to former President Donald Trump’s Bedminster golf club in New Jersey.
Daniels tweeted out a smiling image of himself and Trump, each giving a thumbs-up, on Friday, following his on-air spat with an interviewer on CNN over his support for Trump – and the CBC’s apparent refusal to admit him to join the group.
The first-term lawmaker called Trump ‘POTUS,’ the acronym for President of the United States, and took shots at Joe Biden’s policies.
‘Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with POTUS Trump to discuss many of the issues America is facing now that he is out of office. Under Biden, we have rising inflation, open borders, an energy crisis, a stagnant economy, & weak foreign policy.’
‘We miss your leadership, sir,’ Donalds said, directing a comment to Trump, who is banned from Twitter and no longer has an account.
Asked for comment, the CBC did not mention Donalds by name. ‘The Congressional Black Caucus remains committed to fighting for issues that support the Black community, including the police accountability bill, protecting voting rights, and a jobs bill that helps our communities,’ said the statement.
The CBC has admitted Republicans in the past. Former Utah Rep. Mia Love attacked the group, but joined in 2015, BuzzFeed reported.
Donalds’ move to pointedly link arms with Trump once again comes after he had a furious on-air clash with CNN’s Brianna Keilar after the host said his ideas were ‘incongruous’ with those of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Donalds is among the 139 House Republicans who voted to overturn one or two states’ election results that were certified for Joe Biden on January 6th, the day of the Capitol riot.
The Republican said on the program he is being denied entry to the Caucus because of his continued support for Donald Trump.
Keilar, hosting Thursday’s New Day, played a montage of Trump’s most controversial comments, prompting Donalds to clash with the presenter.
Florida Representative Byron Donalds had a furious clash with CNN’s Brianna Keilar after the host said his ideas were ‘incongruous’ with those of the Congressional Black Caucus
He began to explain why his support for the former president should not affect his membership of the caucus before being interrupted by Keilar.
Donalds then retorted: ‘Please don’t cut me off. I have not cut you off in this interview. Please do not do that to me. Thank you.
‘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.’
It has now been six months since the members who won election in 2020 were inducted into the supposedly nonpartisan CBC.
The Republican said he is being denied entry to the Caucus because of his continued support for Donald Trump
Donalds, who was elected for the first time last year, is yet to be included.
The Florida representative has approached members of the CBC to discuss joining the group who are leading talks on police reform and racial injustice in the US.
Donalds told CNN: ‘I have a perspective being a 42-year-old black man who has come up in America after a lot of the battles through the civil rights movement that I think would be helpful and a helpful perspective to the CBC.
‘A range of discussions from all sides of the political framework is important, not just for black America, but for all America.’
Donalds objected to Joe Biden’s election wins in Arizona and Pennsylvania and also supports voter ID laws, issues which Keilar suggested were ‘incongruent with the mission of the CBC’.
Keilar, hosting Thursday’s New Day, played a montage of Trump’s most controversial comments, prompting Donalds to clash with the presenter
The lawmaker replied: ‘If you actually look at the bills that have been passed in Florida, Georgia, actually 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 excluded due to his political beliefs or support for Trump.
He said: ‘My support of President Trump has been consistent, but at the same time, I have had the ability to advocate for issues, ideas, proposals and funding that have helped black community in my state.
‘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.’