Members of the CBC were largely made up of Democrats, and although it has included black Republicans in the past, some made it a point not to join the group. Currently, there are no Congressional GOP members on the CBC.
Unlike Donalds, other members of the first term joined the CBC earlier this year. A BuzzFeed News report on Wednesday highlighted Donalds’ support for former President Donald Trump and his decision to challenge the 2020 presidential election results as factors for his exclusion, citing a “source familiar with the plans of the CBC “.
Donalds said it was “off-putting” that these concerns were conveyed via a report rather than to him more directly.
“If my positions and my support for President Trump are a problem for them, let them officially declare it,” he said.
Donalds dismissed the story of Trump’s inflammatory comments on the subject of race and the experience of African Americans, saying they had “nothing to do with this discussion.”
“As a black man in America, I have the right to have my own opinion about who I choose to support and who I choose not to support,” he said. “It’s a question of whether the ideology of someone conservative is welcome in the Congressional Black Caucus. It really is that simple.
Donalds told POLITICO in February that he wanted to join the CBC to inject a conservative presence into the hugely progressive body and reflect the diversity of political ideologies among black Americans.
“I have no problem going to the CBC meeting and having this solid discussion as members of Congress,” he said Thursday. “Let’s have this conversation.”