Byron Donalds slams ‘stupid’ NAACP Florida travel warning
Byron Donalds burns the candle at both ends.

The Republican legislator says the NAACP should worry more about 'fentanyl' than Florida.

A Southwest Florida Congressman is dismissing a travel advisory warning minorities not to come to Florida.

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds denounced as “stupid,” “silly” and “dumb” a travel warning issued Saturday by the NAACP. The national group gave the warning after Florida’s branch called for such a move two months ago.

“This is just really stupid. It doesn’t make any sense,” Donalds said on Monday’s “Fox & Friends.”

“Look, I’ve lived in Florida since 1996 after I graduated high school. I went to college, got married, started a career, you know, lived normal life, went to church, raised kids, coached sports,” said Donalds, who is Black.

He then offered a counterclaim to the NAACP’s complaint.

“You know, yesterday, when the Miami Heat … were beating down the Celtics last night in Miami, TNT was showing footage of different boats in the water and on a bunch of these different boats of Black people having a good time out on the water,” Daniels said.

“I don’t even know what the NAACP is talking about. This is silly and it’s dumb. It’s political. It makes no sense.”

On Saturday, the NAACP Board of Directors issued a travel advisory urging people to avoid the Sunshine State.

“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color,” the advisory reads.

Donalds rejected that any such hostility exists.

“The only hostility I feel is this inflation hit in my pocketbook, I’ll tell you that. Because that inflation hitting everybody, that is hostile. You know, when the price of food is up, when the price of gas, which is still up, and the fact that fentanyl is coming into every community in our country because of Joe Biden, maybe the NAACP should be focused on that, because I know that’s hostile.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Merijean Carey

    May 22, 2023 at 9:02 am

    You go get them Byron! I hope Trump picks you for VP spot.

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  • Ed Dot Com 👍

    May 22, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Byron stayed on the plantation. These crackers don’t have anything for him or anyone else for that matter. Job at a hotel or restaurant. These crackers want everyone on the plantation.

    • G

      May 22, 2023 at 2:23 pm

      You are 💯 % correct.

  • Never Say FLA

    May 22, 2023 at 10:02 am

    This guy is correct about the NAACP being stupid with their travel advisory. Rather than warning “minorities” to stay out of Florida, they should be warning “Everybody but MAGAs” to stay out of Florida. MAGAs, please all go to Florida and form your “perfect” union there where you’re wanted. By each other. And nobody else.

  • SteveHC

    May 22, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Donalds thinks THESE travel warnings so far have been “stupid,” “silly” and “dumb”? Someone might remind him that New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Venezuela and Uruguay have already issued travel advisories to their citizens regarding their visits to the United States, primarily regarding crime and gun violence (all be they relatively lower level advisories). It will only get worse from here on out in these regards, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if they don’t start focusing more on specific states ESPECIALLY Florida.

  • Just the average Joe

    May 22, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Everything out of his mouth is to focus blame on Biden, you’re a congressman, do you share in blame on government policy.?
    When he attended school in Florida it was a different world. Sad to say but not in touch with reality. To say that different groups are not being targeted is naive. What about cost of living, poor education and pay, insurance premiums on auto and homes. You can not lead on either side if you do not acknowledge problems. Just another voice with little action, trying to get his 15 minutes of fame. Maybe he can assist with the banking problems in this country, as he had experience stealing from them.

  • PeterH

    May 22, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Byron actually thinks he’s appreciated by the MAGA crowd!

  • Beverly Williams

    May 22, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    I recall back in the 60’s We boycotted to get the right to vote. Was that wrong?? Was it wrong for the white school to send books with “N” word in it. Pages torn out because they knew where the book were coming.

  • Andrew

    May 22, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Byron, keep it up pal.
    The Left-Wing nut-jobs hate you! Which means you must be doing something right!!

    • D.P.

      May 22, 2023 at 4:29 pm

      Ditto. Many libs aren’t seeing the drain they’re circling down until it’s too late to keep them from being swallowed up by their own party’s plantation owners who are all getting their’s by inflating every needed consumable and keeping their minions in poverty. Thank you Dems for sending us back to 1976-80 and other low points in U.S. economic history.

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