Republican Rep. Byron Donalds has shot back at his Democrat colleague, Rep. Cori Bush, who called him a “prop” and implied that he has betrayed his race by supporting the Republican agenda.
“FWIW, @ByronDonalds is not a historic candidate for Speaker. He is a prop. Despite being Black, he supports a policy agenda intent on upholding and perpetuating white supremacy,” Bush, a representative of Missouri, tweeted on Wednesday.
She added, “His name being in the mix is not progress—it’s pathetic.”
Donalds, a representative of Florida, responded to Bush, saying: “@CoriBush, if you see a Black man rise, let the man rise even if you disagree with them. I’d be happy to sit down and debate our policies one on one whenever you’d like. As a Black man to a Black woman, I’d never do that to you. It’s a shame you did it to me.”
Bush’s attack on Donalds came as he was attempting to subvert Kevin McCarthy in the race for House Speaker – which McCarthy eventually won after getting rejected 15 times.
Democrats, meanwhile, have chosen Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to lead their party as the House Minority Leader.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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