On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Byron Donalds appeared on CNN, facing pushback from the network over his rejected application to join the Congressional Black Caucus, despite the fact that Donalds is black.
CNN anchor Brianna Keilar began the interview by asking whether Donalds’ defense of President Trump “might be incongruent with the mission of the CBC?”
“First of all, what the president said in the past has nothing to do with this discussion at all,” Donalds responded.
“You’ve defended him,” Keilar quickly fired back.
“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,” Donalds said. Later, he added that bringing up “President Trump to try to make this about him does not matter.”
“It’s irrelevant. It has nothing to do with the situation at hand,” Donalds continued, referring back to his history of advocacy for the “black community.”
Not only was Keilar’s strategy indeed an attempt to derail Donalds’