GOP Congressman Slams Cori Bush’s Racist Attack On Byron Donalds: ‘He’s Not A Support’

Rep. Dan Bishop, RN.C., defended colleague Byron Donalds on Thursday after far-left Democrat Cori Bush called Donalds a “prop” and accused him of supporting an agenda that perpetuates “white supremacy.”

“When Byron Donalds was nominated yesterday, a Democratic member-elect tweeted that he was a prop. This is so inappropriate. And if you know Byron Donalds like I know Byron Donalds, he’s not a prop. It’s time to move on from some things that we’ve been doing for far too long and now is a great time to do so,” Bishop told MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Donalds, a Republican from Florida, has been nominated to be speaker of the House of Representatives and would be the first African American to hold the position, though he’s far from getting the support he needs to make the position. He emerged as a protest candidate this week as some Republicans, like Bishop, remain opposed to Kevin McCarthy’s bid for the post.

Rep. Dan Bishop joins the hosts "morning joe" on Thursday.

Rep. Dan Bishop joins the presenters of “Morning Joe” on Thursday.
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“I will say I sat behind Kevin for 8 1/2 hours as he talked non-stop all night long with what is called a magic minute on the floor. I sat behind him because I want him to know if he wants to keep fighting something, wants to get on the mat for the American people, I’ll walk through fire for him. I think we will all do this, but we must do this. That’s what’s necessary,” Bishop said.

Bush, believed to be a member of the far-left “Squad,” tweeted Wednesday that Donalds supports “white supremacy.” Similar attacks have been leveled against black conservatives such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Sen. Tim Scott, RS.C.

“FWIW, @ByronDonalds is not a historic candidate for Speaker. He’s a prop. Despite being black, he supports a political agenda aimed at upholding and maintaining white supremacy. His name in the mix isn’t progress — it’s pathetic,” Bush said.

Rep. Elect Chip Roy, R-Texas, received a standing ovation from both parties on Wednesday after nominating Donalds for speaker and tipping his hat to Democratic nominee Hakeem Jeffries.

A split photo of Rep.-elect Byron Donalds, R-FL, at the US Capitol Building on June 14, 2022 in Washington, DC and Rep.-elect Cori Bush, D-Mo., on the steps of the US Capitol on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

A split photo of Rep.-elect Byron Donalds, R-FL, at the US Capitol Building on June 14, 2022 in Washington, DC and Rep.-elect Cori Bush, D-Mo., on the steps of the US Capitol on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
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“And for the first time in history, two black Americans were included in the House Speaker nomination,” Roy said.

Donalds responded to Bush’s attacks by saying, “No one asked.”

“FWIW, no one has asked @CoriBush for her opinion on this matter. Before you judge my agenda, let’s have a debate about the guidelines and the results. Until then, don’t be a cancer in the barrel!” Donalds tweeted in response.

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough asked Bishop about his problem with McCarthy and whether he trusted him to take a tough stance, even when it could hurt him politically. Bishop is one of 20 Republican congressmen opposed to electing McCarthy as speaker.

Bishop said McCarthy had the talent to “deliver for the American people,” but added that he “needed to get on the mat for the American people.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrives in the House of Representatives chamber at the start of an evening session after six failed votes to elect a speaker to convene the 118th Congress in Washington on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrives in the House of Representatives chamber at the start of an evening session after six failed votes to elect a speaker to convene the 118th Congress in Washington on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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