(USA Features) Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds is calling out the Congressional Black Caucus after the organization has snubbed his membership request, calling it “kind of comical.”
“I’ve got 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 respects, you could argue we get paid to speak. We stoop to cameras and reporters all the time. But we can’t talk to another member? I find that to be interesting,” he added.
Donalds believes that he has been ignored by the CBC, which consists of all Democrats, after many in the opposition party said they won’t work with Republicans like him who voted against certifying some electoral results in January.
Donalds, who is serving his first term, said many Democrats have become “very petty” following the Jan. 6 protest.
“It’s easy to try to play political games to try to keep power and use these things to make it intolerable to have different opinions,” Donalds said.
“I think that’s really what’s happened up here. It’s just intolerable to have different opinions. It used to be tolerable. Now it’s intolerable,” he added.
“How can our nation stand if we can’t even talk to each other in the hallways? That’s not going to work,” he added.
The Epoch Times reached out to several CBC members for comments about Donalds, but never received any responses, the outlet reported.
Donalds isn’t the first Republican to be locked out of an ethnocentric congressional caucus.
“When I applied to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), there were members who supported my application but the majority did not,” former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) told the outlet.
Curbelo slammed the caucus’ 2017 decision on Twitter, calling it a “pathetic attempt” by the Caucus to “justify discrimination, bigotry, and intolerance against a fellow Hispanic.”
“It seems Congressman Donalds has had the same experience and it’s regrettable that some congressional Democrats believe in segregating people based on their views and rejecting any kind of diversity of thought,” Curbelo told the outlet.
“There’s no need for or interest in having any dialogue that will challenge their views. It’s a reflection of how dysfunctional Congress is and how it’s contributing to the division and distrust that exists in the country,” he added.
Other Republicans said they see a double standard.
“I think hypocrisy is the message,” Rep. Neal Dunn, another Florida Republican, told The Epoch Times. “If they would just say this is the Congressional Democrat Black Caucus, I could understand that. They’re pretending to be inclusive when they clearly are not.”
“Virtually everybody in America would be disappointed and anyone who honestly looks at this would have to say you are not what you say you are. You’re the Democrat Black Caucus,” Dunn noted further.
“I think the American people are generally fed up with hypocrisy and, if they identify this as hypocrisy, which I think would be fair, they can expect to have some blowback on this.”