‘The Five’ reacts to CNN host Brianna Keilar sparring with Rep. Byron Donalds over Congressional Black Caucus snub

Co-hosts of “The Five,” reacted to a tense interview between CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., after the Naples lawmaker was apparently refused entry into the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).  

“[The press ] doesn’ t need to talk about the issues. They don’t need to talk about how to make life for Black America better, ” said co-host Lawrence Jones. ‘It’s nice if the Congressional Black Caucus doesn’t want to invite him . I believe he should begin his own caucus and encourage new people in that believe in liberty. “ 

The caucus, founded in 1971, is now chaired by Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, and has just had a handful of Republican members within its existence.

During the CNN interview, Keilar argued that Donalds’ support of President Donald Trump was one of the apparent dealbreakers with the caucus leadership.

Keilar claimed Donalds’ take on the several voting rights bills in states such as Georgia and Texas that they increase survey access for minorities is “just not true” and that his support for Trump could be “incongruent” with the position of the CBC.

Following the interview, Donalds’ spokesman Harrison Fields told Fox News they anticipated Keilar to “set traps” for the congressman and that “White liberals cant understand how Black folks could be Republicans, particularly Trump assistants [Keilar] also was obviously justifying the CBC for denying my boss, but that was also not a surprise. “

Donalds also told Fox News on Thursday that he, unlike some critics, has 41-years of experience as a Black man in America, growing up in a single-parent home in Brooklyn and working his way up the socioeconomic ladder to getting a U.S. congressman for southwest Florida.

On “The Five,” co-host Greg Gutfeld remarked that Keilar went to the interview believing she would ” eat [Donalds] alive like a plate of cicadas. “

Earlier this week, Keilar really ate dead cicadas during a segment with Chef Bun Lai, prompting the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to issue an advisory.

“CNN is getting more racist every day. They believe that you can only be a certain sort of Black, ” Gutfeld continued.  

“And if you aren’t ‘ t, well, this very dismissive frowning White lady can pass judgment on you and run clips to make you feel like crap. “

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Jones added that Donalds has also spoken at length about his experience at Florida A&M, an HBCU, and that he “invests back into his community as a businessman. “

” [Keilar] in’t bring that up or wanted to talk about that. What she did is what they always do – because apparently, Trump broke the media — she played all these sound clips concerning the [former] president. However, it was’t even about that, ” stated Jones.

“Meanwhile, [Democrats] are sitting in the middle of the rotunda kneeling with Kente cloths with Nancy Pelosi, however they’re not challenging her on the policies that are coming out of Congress which are harmful to Black Americans, ” Jones continued.  

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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