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U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds condemned House Democrats after they called President Donald Trump a white supremacist during the impeachment proceedings.
The Florida Republican called out his Democrat colleagues for seeking to get those with opposing views “to shut up and to sit down” by weaponizing their arguments. Donalds reacted to last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol and the “outrageous” language at Trump’s second impeachment during a Fox News interview on Wednesday.
Donalds told the “Fox & Friends” hosts on Thursday that he is “disappointed” with his Republican colleagues who broke ranks and voted with Democrats on Wednesday to impeach the president on claims that he incited an insurrection.
“The process was atrocious. Frankly, there was no process,” he contended. “This was a snap rush to judgement.”
(Source: Fox News)
“For members of my conference to go along with this, I thought was just wrong, flat-out wrong. They should not have done it. I don’t care what happened in the Capitol – it was wrong, it was a stain against our country – but you don’t do something like this,” Donalds argued.
Ten House Republicans supported the Democrat-led effort to impeach Trump, including the GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney, who was roundly condemned by many Republicans who demanded she step down from her leadership role in the party. The House voted 232-197, mostly along party lines, to impeach the president just days before his term ends.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 14, 2021
“There should have been an opportunity for the president to defend himself. He was given no such opportunity,” Donalds told Fox News, slamming the first impeachment effort against the president as “ridiculous and baseless.”
“We have seen Democrats using impeachment as a political tool, as a political weapon, not something that is really about high crimes and misdemeanors. And the same thing occurred here,” the newly-elected U.S. congressman representing Florida’s 19th congressional district, argued.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt then set up a montage of clips from the impeachment proceedings on Wednesday in which Democrats repeatedly tried to focus on racial issues, accusing Trump of inciting “his white nationalist supporters” and outrageously calling a sitting U.S. president the “white supremacist in chief.”
“Racism played a direct role in this incitement,” New York Democrat Jerry Nadler said from the House floor. “The president’s violent rhetoric is always at its most fevered pitch when he is talking about the civil rights and civic aspirations of black Americans and other minority communities.”
“I thought the language is outrageous. I thought it was awful,” Donalds reacted on “Fox & Friends.”
“First of all, Joe Biden is a white man. For America, he needs to understand. The president-elect is a white man himself. So I don’t even understand what this whole line is coming from about white supremacy and so on and so forth,” he said.
“The second thing is this, that you had black Americans and you had Hispanic Americans who voted for Donald Trump, who support Donald Trump as well,” the lawmaker continued.
“So I think that this line is something the left always does. They always try to bring race into something in order to weaponize their arguments, to make people just frankly be quiet, to shut up and to sit down,” Donalds said.
“It was wrong, flat out wrong for the members on the other side of the aisle to use that. What happened in the Capitol last week was wrong. It was a tragedy for our country. It was, in some respects, yes, an insurrection. But to use white supremacy and this language is also equally as wrong,” he asserted.
“And it’s time that we, as elected officials, start using all of our languages, holding ourselves accountable for the words we are using here in the United States,” Donalds added.
Asked about the attempts to shut down conservatives on social media platforms, the congressman argued that the left is using “fascist policies to silence the right.”
“When Ayatollah Khamenei can have a tweet go out calling for the genocide of Israel and Twitter doesn’t flag it and take it down, that just shows you where Twitter’s standards are,” he said referring to the Iranian leader who continues to spew radical commentary on Twitter while Trump’s account was taken down.
“They have no standards. Their standards are basically what they feel politically. So, that’s for Jack over at Twitter or anybody else,” Donalds said.
“It’s very very clear that if you have a dissenting political speech from the conservative side of the aisle from the right, quote-unquote, in America, you are supposed to be quiet, you are supposed to be removed from the public square,” he said. “But, the left can foment riots, they can do just about anything that they want and there are no repercussions.”
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