Byron Donalds Comes To the Defense of Trump’s Comments

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( – On Sunday, February 25, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) defended former President Donald Trump’s comments about Black voters being more likely to support him because he has been indicted.

Trump stated during a campaign event in South Carolina last week that Black voters were more likely to support him following his recent criminal indictments. He backed this comment by arguing that the reason they would support him was because they had also been discriminated against and hurt badly. 

However, Trump’s comments were not perceived well by a number of people. The Biden campaign NAACP and many Black leaders opposed the comments, arguing that the remarks were racist. 

On Sunday during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Donalds told host Kristen Welker that this was only a part of the argument that Trump was making. He claimed that this was about the Department of Justice politically persecuting him, and about having radical district attorneys across the country targeting him. Former President Donald Trump has frequently claimed that he is being targeted for political reasons, and has pointed to his four criminal indictments. 

Donalds, who is Black, continued by arguing that this was something Black voters often had to deal with. He claimed that the comments about Trump being racist by the Biden reelection campaign were just part of the campaign’s attempt to “play politics.” He proceeded to completely dismiss the context of the remarks and argued that Trump had a great time on right before his primary win in South Carolina.

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