Byron Donalds puts brutality deaths on Democratic leadership in Breitbart interview
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Naples Republican slammed Joe Biden, liberal cities for decades of policy.

Naples Republican Byron Donalds, in an interview with Breitbart News, said liberal policies failed black America.

One of just two black Republicans serving now in the Florida Legislature, Donalds spoke to the national outlet as protests about police brutality against black Americans seized national attention following the Minnesota death of George Floyd.

But Donalds feels frustration at the nature of the conversation.

“The first thing is that the left always tries to push this conversation on race in America every time that we have one of these tragedies, and it is a definite conservation that has to be had, but you have to have it, frankly, with black conservatives and black liberals,” he told host Matthew Boyle.

“Because it’s the one thing that’s clear that liberalism has failed black America in our urban cities for more than 70 years.”

The comments to a conservative outlet involve Donalds in a high-profile national discussion as he runs for a seat in Congress. He’s one of nine Republicans running in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. Ten Republicans qualified, but Fort Myers Republican Heather Fitzenhagen just dropped out to run for state Senate.

In Donalds’ eyes, the deaths of Floyd and other high-profile victims of police violence fall on Democrats.

“You see what happened to George Floyd or Eric Garner; you see what happened to Breonna [Taylor] in Louisville, Kentucky,” he said.

“One thing is consistent: these tragedies occurred in Democrat cities that have liberal policies that have wronged those cities for decades, so now they’re in this mode of wanting to defund the police.”

Garner died in 2014 when police put him in a chokehold during an arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. The Miami-Dade Police Department recently banned chokeholds citing the death.

Taylor was killed by police in March after police after police arrived at her home with a no-knock warrant and exchanged fire with her boyfriend.

Donalds has worked on criminal justice reform during his time in the House, and honored President Donald Trump with an award last year related to similar reform at the national level.

He also recently garnered attention for delivering a pointed critique of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden suggesting voters who favor Trump “ain’t black.”

Donalds doubled down on those criticisms in his Breitbart interview.

“Joe Biden for all his talk and pandering, he’s been in government for 50 years,” Donalds said. “If he was the solution for what ails black America, he would have done it by now. But he’s not the solution.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Simon

    June 15, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Lets look at that explanation that liveral policies are to blame for the police deaths of its black residents. Lets look at Jacksonville a city that has been run by conservates Mayors and city councilars for more than 20 years. Right now the homicide count is 74 so far this year. Some of them are blacks that were killed by police officers. So what liberal policies are to blame for their deaths exaclty?

    • cory wright

      June 16, 2020 at 3:38 am

      There have been only three Republican mayors since 1888. After the 1990 census, the Florida legislature carved out a new 3rd congressional district in the northern part of the state. This district was designed to enclose an African-American majority within its boundaries. A horseshoe-shaped district encompassing largely African-American neighborhoods in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, Ocala, and Lake City, the 3rd district seemed likely to send Florida’s first African-American to Congress since Reconstruction, and Brown decided to run. The third district has been under Democrat control until the last election.

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 16, 2020 at 4:34 am

    The delusional paranoid goptrump cult kills for their leader !

    • Charlotte Greenbarg

      June 16, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      TDS much?😜🤪Bot

  • martin

    June 16, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, the list goes on and on. It would appear it is ok for a black to be killed by another black, since BLM never utters a word about this.

    Our inner cities have become Mogadishu’s.

  • Kris

    June 18, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Well considering that Byron Donalds was a Democrat his whole life, even during Obama’s presidency, I guess he knows a thing or two about liberalism.
    I’ve never seen a bigger phony opportunist in my life. I hope that his multiple felony arrests are exposed before Election Day.

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