Byron Donalds, Joy Reid go at it about ‘the Black family’: ‘No, no, no. Hold on! Stop! Stop! No’

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) deserves credit for being willing to face off with MSNBC’s race-baiting leftist diversity hire Joy Reid over the distortion of his remarks this week about the black family.

The left dishonestly claimed Donalds suggested that black families were better off during the Jim Crow era while speaking at a Trump campaign event in Philadelphia, the latter point being the motivation for the former.

As expected, Reid set the segment up by putting words in Donalds’ mouth.

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She asked, “Jim Crow lasted roughly from 1867 after the Civil War to 1968. Is there a specific period between 1867 and 1968 that you thought was this golden era for black families or a time that was good for black families?”

“I never said that. And see, this is where the gaslighting comes in–” Donalds pushed back before being interrupted.

“No, no, no. Hold on! Stop! Stop! No. That’s not what you said? Let’s play what you said. Play what he said,” MSNBC’s left-wing ideologue countered.

“You’re saying I said it was the golden era. I never said that. You’re saying, I said it was better back then. I never said that,” Donalds accurately corrected Reid.

The Republican lawmaker had referenced LBJ’s Great Society initiative, which is widely seen as being the catalyst that destroyed black families, essentially having the federal government replace the black male as the head of the family. The end result was an explosion of single mothers raising a house full of children on their own to qualify for federal public assistance.

“You see, during Jim Crow, the black family was together. During Jim Crow, more black people were not just conservative — black people have always been conservative-minded — but more black people voted conservatively,” he said at the campaign rally. “And then H.E.W., Lyndon Johnson — you go down that road, and now we are where we are.”

He was speaking about the former U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

“What was the authority of the black father in the black family during Jim Crow?” Reid asked.

“Well, listen, under Jim Crow, obviously, black people were under great persecution, unfortunately by southern Democrats and the Democratic Party overall in the history of our country. That’s the fact,” Donalds replied, brilliantly turning the argument against the part Reid advocates for on a nightly basis.

“And so, let me finish now. So, having the black man in the home was about first protecting the mom and protecting the kids, incredibly important,” he continued. “It was the leadership in the home, which is incredibly valuable. And I think what we’re witnessing the last 30 years, definitely through my generation is black fathers being at home is incredibly important for the success of black children going forward.”

The congressman then turned his attention to Reid “gaslighting” his remarks.

“And it’s not just a black thing. That’s everybody. Fathers in home help to breed success for kids moving forward. That is a great thing for our country. That’s something that has been proven throughout time,” Donalds said. “So, what I’m talking about is not the ‘golden era of Jim Crow.’ That’s ridiculous. I would never say that, and that is the gaslighting that I’m standing up to because that’s what Hakeem Jeffries, the Biden campaign, Jaime Harrison, and the like are trying to bring up. And unfortunately, the media has followed suit with misleading headlines.”

Tom Tillison


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