‘He Ain’t No Prop’: Rep. Bishop Calls Out Democrat Cori Bush For ‘Grotesquely Racist’ Attack On Byron Donalds

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On Thursday, Congressman Dan Bishop (R-NC) called out colleague Cori Bush (D-MO) for her “grotesquely racist” comments about Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL).

Bush’s racist comments came in response to Donalds receiving a nomination for Speaker of the House on Wednesday and earning 20 votes from Republicans. 

“FWIW, @ByronDonalds is not a historic candidate for Speaker. He is a prop. Despite being Black, he supports a policy agenda intent on upholding and perpetuating white supremacy. His name being in the mix is not progress—it’s pathetic,” Bush tweeted.

After receiving backlash, Bush doubled down on her comments.

“My issue is because he was not someone they have been promoting for the last 2 years,” she said. “I want him to understand: They’re only using you.”

“I’m glad [Republicans] took offense,” she added. 

Bishop addressed Bush’s racist comments in a speech on the House floor on Thursday. 

“Last night, I sat within feet of Mr. Donalds as the tweet of another member-elect appeared on the screen. That member-elect wrote, and sent out to America, that Byron Donalds is ‘a prop,’” Bishop began. “I’ve spent a good bit of time with Mr. Donalds, especially lately. He ain’t no prop.”

House Republicans stood and applauded, and Bishop continued after a brief pause, saying, “And if he were a prop, he wouldn’t be sitting where he’s sitting. This is the tired, old, grotesquely racist rhetoric that we’ve seen far too long!”

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