Is the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) refusing to allow a black conservative lawmaker to join? Representative Byron Donalds of Florida said he’s called three members of the group of black leftist lawmakers about joining, but he’s received no returned calls.
According to BuzzFeed, the group is actively blocking the congressman. There are no Republicans in the CBC.
The CBC invited Senator Tim Scott to join in 2010, but he declined the invitation.
“If given, he’d gladly accept. The CBC did not respond to questions about the status of Donalds’ membership or why he was not being let in,” the aide said.
Donalds said in February he wanted to join in order to change the caucus’s liberal dominance. His goals were to have membership in both the majority Democrat’s Congressional Black Caucus and the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Politico reported that Donalds said that both groups are a natural fit for him.
This shows the divide growing further in Congress between members of both parties since January. Donalds was one of the many Republicans that voted against certifying the electoral college.
Rep. Donalds recently appeared on Fox News to talk about the CBC. He said that he was a member of the black caucus group when he was a lawmaker in Florida, and members of the CBC have asked him to join. It seems they’ve changed their minds.
The congressman said “it’s about making sure that conservative ideals are actually being discussed in the room and at the table. I know that a lot of members of the CBC will not agree with me, and I’m not going to agree with them, but it’s about actually having the conversation that the left always says they want to have.”