Leftist Congresswoman Cori Bush, a member of the Democrat “squad,” levied racist attacks against Republican Rep. Byron Donalds after the Republican was nominated for Speaker of the House.
As Rep. Kevin McCarthy maneuvers to become the next House Speaker, Texas Rep. Chip Roy nominated Donalds as a potential contender. The nomination marked the very first time that two black candidates for Speaker, as Donalds and Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, of New York, were simultaneously nominated.
“For the first time in history, there have been two black Americans placed into the nomination for Speaker,” Roy said on the House floor.
"For the first time in history, there have been two black Americans placed into the nomination for Speaker."
Rep. Chip Roy's nomination of Republican Byron Donalds for speaker is met with a standing ovation. Democrat Hakeem Jeffries was also nominated. https://t.co/UMyG5yEQ7f pic.twitter.com/ALAH8Tzise
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 4, 2023
Tweeting in response to the historic nomination, Bush called Donalds an African American “prop” that supports “white supremacy” because he is a Republican, and attempted to downplay the situation as “pathetic” and “not historic.”
“[For what it’s worth], [Donalds] is not a historic candidate for Speaker. He is a prop,” Bush claimed on Twitter. “Despite being Black, he supports a policy agenda intent on upholding and perpetuating white supremacy.”
“His name being in the mix is not progress—it’s pathetic,” she continued.
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.
His name being in the mix is not progress—it’s pathetic.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 4, 2023
Donalds received 20 votes behind his bid for speakership after being repeatedly nominated, syphoning Republican votes away from McCarthy, who has failed to come up with the 218 votes needed to secure the position himself on six consecutive ballots despite endorsements from 45th President Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
BREAKING: After six rounds of voting for the House Speaker, a representative was again not elected.
In Wednesday's third round, Rep. Jeffries received 212 votes, Rep. McCarthy received 201 votes and Rep. Donalds received 20 votes. More: https://t.co/ybngRRaGri pic.twitter.com/HmeNyekB5v
— Bloomberg (@business) January 4, 2023
Despite his endorsee facing difficult odds, President Trump has maintained his support for McCarthy to become the next House Speaker, Valiant News reported.
“Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY, & WATCH CRAZY NANCY PELOSI FLY BACK HOME TO A VERY BROKEN CALIFORNIA,” Trump posted on Truth Social Wednesday morning.
“REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT. IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE, YOU DESERVE IT,” he added. “Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB – JUST WATCH!”
This news and commentary by Andrew White originally appeared on Valiant News.