GOP leader pushes back on Pelosi vaccine edict

Serving as one of only two Black Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives brings its own set of unique challenges, but, as an interview with the Washington Examiner reveals, Florida GOP Rep. Byron Donalds is clearly up to the task, even going so far as to thwart Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) push for all members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

In an discussion with the outlet published Monday, Donalds, 42, discussed the experiences of a newly-minted congressman in D.C., using Pelosi’s vaccine and mask edicts as an illustration of the sorts of disagreements that plague the chamber.

Donalds himself contracted the virus back in October, and he has declined the vaccine thus far, despite Pelosi’s declaration that until all members are vaccinated, masks will continue to be mandatory on the House floor and in certain other areas of the Captiol complex.

“Why do I need to go vaccinate myself from a virus I’ve already gone through?” Donalds asked, continuing, “If I decide to get a vaccine, it’s not going to be because of what Nancy Pelosi said. That’s a personal decision I think everybody needs to make.”

Underscoring the difficulties of being a freshman member of the House, not to mention a Republican in the current congressional climate, Donalds explained, “Let’s just be real…it’s tough…to accomplish much of anything,” adding that Pelosi “runs the place with an iron fist, so from a legislative standpoint, it’s difficult to say, ‘I’m going to pass this bill and that bill.’”

The congressman won election in Florida’s 19th District in 2020, and in the Examiner interview, articulated the differences he sees between his experiences in the Florida legislature and the way things are handled in D.C., saying:

The thing that’s surprising to me is how much time we waste up here. In Florida’s legislature, not only do we have really only 60 days in the legislative session, but we’re also term-limited. You know that your ‘political life,’ quote unquote, is coming to an end.

Donalds also offered insight into what it is like to be one of very few Black conservatives in Congress, saying, “It’s a responsibility, but yeah, it’s a burden” to always be asked to comment on issues that touch on race in one way or another.

Suggesting that he while would much rather discuss tax policy, foreign affairs, the economy, or immigration, Donalds acknowledged the unique position in which he finds himself, saying, “I get it. I’m one of the two Black guys in the House. So when these questions come, of course reporters come to me or they come to [Rep] Burgess [Owens] or the go to Sen. [Tim] Scott.”

The congressman emphasized that “minority or people of color or however you want to phrase it sometimes don’t feel there’s home for them in our party. And I always felt like it was my responsibility, in part, to change that narrative.” With committed lawmakers like Donalds in the mix, the chances of that happening appear stronger than ever, and that is something all conservatives can celebrate.

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22 Responses

  1. I am surprised that pinko Nancy doesnot want to impeach Donalds–that is what she does when she does not get her way!!! wah-wah-wah—sicko—

  2. With luck, the drunk driver would be an illegal alien that the dems are so keen on letting into this country completely unsupervised. Then the dems could see how the rest of us feel. They would probably declare it a day of mourning if she was killed by her fellow drunk, and would be horrified when everybody lifts a toast to the hag, saying, “Goodbye and Good riddance!”

  3. When one is so substance addled it, makes it tough to get to act II in the ‘Adventures of Drama Queen Echo Chambers”. So nice to see her own district is in such a pristine condition that she can now drag the rest of America to a new low. Just quit inhaling and the worthless mask will be rendered irrelevant.

  4. It’s about time someone stood up to her. She must be stopped. Donalds has set an example, so we can only hope that others follow his lead.

    1. Right! According to our Constitution and Bill of Rights, we are completely free from this tyranny.

  5. Nobody, absolutely nobody, has the authority to make anyone take an experimental drug. They don’t even have the authority to take any drug. She needs to be smacked down along with Biden and Fauci!

    1. Mr. Adams, please contact your reps in Congress and demand all US internet traffic be regulated like telephones (common carrier). We don’t get moderated, censored, or cut off talking on our telephones. The google reCaptcha used here is a censoring algorithm and pure garbage like anything google…these need to be made illegal and sites using these and the decision making executives be fined and sent to jail to think about violating the First Amendment.

  6. Pelosi is so wrong fo any government office. In particular , Congress. Clearly she is a walking disaster for this country.

    Mid terns are coming up soon. Just vote her out of office. It’s that simple. Yes, it’s just that simple.

    1. Roger, the q*u*e*e*r*s and other drugged degenerates in her district in SF California simply don’t have the sense to vote her out…

  7. Yay for Representative Donald’s! He is part of the America first team! Or as l also like to refer to the team “America’s New Republician Party of Warriors”!

    1. You mean ‘they’ allowed you to post that? Perhaps OUR ‘demands’ are starting to be heard, after all! A ‘light’ in the long Marxist tunnel–a ‘candle’, maybe, but still–a ‘light’!! LOL

      1. Robert, I would care less if I read in the paper Nancy Pelosi caught a terminal case of coronavirus. Or some drunk driver ran her over. The coronavirus is free, and the drunk driver would cop a plea.

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