Appearing on Fox News, GOP Rep. Byron Donalds sounded off on his tense exchange with CNN host Brianna Keiler.
Donalds sounded off on a report he’d been blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus.
“My reaction is pretty simple,” Donalds told Keiler. “First, you know, I heard about this report yesterday when BuzzFeed, I think, broke the article. We have not really heard much from the CBC since they asked me when I came in as a new member in the 117th whether I would join or not. It’s important for your viewers to understand that when I served in Florida’s legislature, I was a part of the legislative black caucus for four years. I’ve actually been to a couple of the CBC conferences in Washington, D.C.”
“I’m a poor kid from Brooklyn, New York. I’m 42 years old,” he continued. “I’ve been able to be successful in my life, so whether it’s talking about jobs or, yes, even voting rights or anything that the CBC wants to talk about, 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 actually would be helpful and a helpful perspective to the CBC.”
Keiler asked Donalds if defending former President Trump “might be incongruent with the mission of the CBC.”
Donalds shot back back by saying “as a black man in America, I’m Allowed To Have My Own Thoughts.”