6, some Democrats have refused to work with Republicans on any legislation, especially if they voted against accepting the election results. In a display of some Democrats’ level of disdain for Republicans on Capitol Hill, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has denied membership to Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), one of Florida’s representatives who voted for it. Voted against certification of electoral votes for Joe Biden.
“I have to tell you, it’s kind of comical,” Donalds told The Epoch Times. “We’re all adults, we’re all members of Congress. In some cases, you could argue that we get paid to speak. We stand in front of cameras and reporters all the time. But we don’t talk to the other member. Can? I find it interesting.”
As a new congressman, Donald said it was disturbing to see how members would not talk to each other, adding that Democrats have become “very young” since the events on January 6.
Donalds speculates, “It is easy to try to play the political game to try to maintain power and use these things to make it unbearable to have differing opinions.” “I think that’s exactly what happened here. Having different opinions is unbearable. It used to be bearable. Now it’s unbearable. How can our country stand if we can’t even talk to each other in the hallway? Maybe? It won’t work.”
To date, only three Republicans have been CBC members: Rep. Gary Franks (R-Conn.), and former Reps. Alan West (R-Fla.) and Mia Love (R-Utah). In 2010, Rep. Tim Scott (RSC) declined CBC’s invitation to become a member, saying that his “campaign was never about race,” and that the ideals of a unified America were “a group of people.” by focusing on” cannot be upgraded. “
While The Epoch Times reached out to several members of the CBC, only one—the office of Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.D.C.), indicated that she would get in touch for a phone interview. However, even after several follow-up messages, that call never transpired.
So far, members of the CBC have also declined to speak to Donald.
However, this is not the first time Democrats have refused to allow Republican membership in a caucus.
“When I applied to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), there were members who supported my application but the majority did not,” former Representative Carlos Curbello (R-Fla.) told The Epoch Times. told.
In 2017, the CHC voted against allowing Carbello to join its ranks, as it believed the position held by a Cuban-American lawmaker was inconsistent with his values. kurbello slammed the decision on twitter, calling it a “pathetic attempt” by the caucus to “justify discrimination, bigotry and intolerance against a fellow Hispanic”.
“Congress Donald seems to have had a similar experience and it is regrettable that some congressional Democrats believe in separating people based on their views and rejecting diversity of any kind,” Carbello said. “There is no need or interest to have a conversation challenging his views,” he said. This is a reflection of how useless the Congress is and how it is contributing to the division and mistrust that exists in the country.”
Asked what message this sends to the American people ahead of the 2022 election cycle, Kurbello said the message is clear: “If you’re not a Democrat, you don’t count.”
‘Hypocrisy is the message’
“I think hypocrisy is the message,” Rep. Neil Dunn (R-Fla.) told The Epoch Times. “If they’d say it’s the Congressional Democrat Black Caucus, I could understand it. They’re pretending to be inclusive when they clearly aren’t.”
“Really everyone in America will be disappointed and anyone who looks at it honestly will have to say you are not who you say you are. You are the Democrat Black Caucus,” Dunn reiterated. “I think the American people are generally fed up with hypocrisy and, if they recognize it as hypocrisy, which I think would be appropriate, they can expect some blowback at it.”
“It’s no secret that Washington is embroiled in a bitter partisan divide,” Dunn said. “They don’t really want additional ideas. They just want their own similar ideas.”
Still, while Donalds acknowledged that he doesn’t see the political disconnect ending anytime soon, he insisted that “gridlock” doesn’t bother him.
“I think people forget sometimes, our process here is supposed to be difficult,” Donald explained. “Things aren’t just going to fly out of the nation’s capital. It’s got to be thoughtful. It’s got to be tough. Admittedly, it takes a long time to get out of here because what we pass affects the American people.” So, if this place is running like a greased machine and the members are just doing everything, then people have to try to catch up with what we are doing in their everyday lives.”
“Gridlock is the wrong thing to be worried about,” Donalds said. “I think intolerance is the thing that bothers me. Intolerance, an inability or unwillingness to really argue, compromise, communicate.”
‘We need more people like Byron’
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe recently took to twitter To denounce Democrat identity politics as the new Marxism, Donald spoke highly of it.
“We need more people like Byron Donald in Congress because he’s interested in solving problems,” Rubio told The Epoch Times. “It is not about clubs or popularity competitions. It’s about getting things done.”
“Democrats are in complete control, so if there is no conversation about public policies and what Republican views are, it comes from the majority party because they choose not to have these conversations,” Donald explained. “So, if they chose to do that, Republicans have no control over that because we don’t chair any committees, we don’t have the office of speaker, and they control the Senate and the White House as well. “
“As much as the Left tries to ridicule President Trump at every turn, President Trump is actually engaging the Democrat leadership on a lot of issues,” Donalds said. “There’s no dialogue anymore.”