Rep. Byron Donalds goes viral when asked if he fears “retaliation” from pro-McCarthy Republicans

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) made it clear Wednesday that he feared no reprisals for blocking Rep. Keven McCarthy’s candidacy for the House of Representatives.

What is the background?

A faction of about 20 conservative Republicans are blocking McCarthy from becoming Speaker. They say his election will reinforce the status quo, which many Americans detest.

Initially, Donalds supported McCarthy. But on Tuesday – as the House voted on the third ballot of the day – Donalds broke away from McCarthy. On Wednesday, the anti-McCarthy Republican faction endorsed Donalds for speakership. Donalds received 20 votes in the fourth, fifth and sixth ballot.

What does Donald’s say?

A reporter asked Donalds Wednesday if he was worried about “retaliation” from his own party for not supporting McCarthy and becoming one of the main voices against the Republican leader.

“You put yourself in a fairly public position by defying the person who could be the speaker. Are you worried about retribution?” the reporter asked.

Donalds’ response – which has garnered more than 1.5 million views – made it clear that his conscience was unworried.

“Man I’m 6’2”, 275 [pounds] “I’m not worried about that,” he said.

Donalds on Wednesday defended his opposition to McCarthy as a “good thing” for the Republican Party and America.

“These leadership challenges are a good thing for our party, and they’re actually a good thing for America. Gone are the days of sheer power by acclamation. It has to be earned,” he said said on Fox News.

Anything else?

On Thursday, Donalds responded to Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) dismissing him as a mere “prop” on Wednesday.

“[For what it’s worth], @ByronDonalds is not a historic candidate for Speaker. He’s a prop,” Bush tweeted. “Although he is black, he supports a political agenda designed to uphold and maintain white supremacy.”

On Fox Business, Donalds said he felt bad that Bush felt it necessary to attack him personally.

“That sucks to be honest man,” Donalds said. “I feel bad that she actually put that out because you know when you see a black man stand up, I mean let the man stand up even if you don’t agree with him.

“As a black man for a black woman, I would never have done that to her,” he added. “It’s a shame she did it to me.” Rep. Byron Donalds goes viral when asked if he fears “retaliation” from pro-McCarthy Republicans

Laura Coffey

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