The View Hosts Slam Byron Donalds for Praising Jim Crow Laws ...

7 Jun 2024

The hosts of "The View" criticized Florida Republican Representative Byron Donalds for appearing to suggest that life was better for Black people under Jim Crow segregation laws.

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"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," Donalds said at a rally for former President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Donalds is reportedly among those being considered for Trump's vice president on the Republican ticket.

Jim Crow laws were state and local laws passed in the late 1800s and early 1900s that enforced racial segregation.

"It's offensive, and for him to be doing it as a Black man, as a person of color, it's even more offensive," host Ana Navarro said.

"The View" host Ana Navarro called Florida Republican Representative Byron Donald's comments on Jim Crow laws "offensive." Getty Images

Navarro said Donalds comments ignore the struggles the Black community went through during that time period.

"Shame on him," Navarro said. "Because there is nothing worse, I think, than when people achieve certain status and certain rights, and don't appreciate, take for granted, the struggles, the death, the fights, the marches, everything it took to be able to get Byron Donalds the opportunities he has now."

Host Sara Haines said it did not seem like Donalds understood the history behind Jim Crow laws.

"He must not know what it is," Haines said. "I mean, that seems like a far leap to not understand Jim Crow, segregation and the separation of the races."

Host Sunny Hostin said the comments were "pandering" to Trump.

"If you're pandering yourself and your community and your history to a man like Donald Trump, who is a disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached, convicted felon we get to say now, it's even more despicable in this country," Hostin said.

Host Alyssa Farah Griffin expressed disbelief that Donalds would even want the VP job, given that Trump expressed support for hanging his former vice president during the Capitol riot.

"I'm so struck that people saw January 6 and they're lining up saying, 'You know what? I want Mike Pence's job.' It just doesn't make sense to me," Griffin said.

She added that it does not seem Donalds is one of the top contenders right now, as others such as Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Ohio Republican Senator J.D. Vance appear to be leading the pack.

"It's kind of a race to the bottom of how much you can just work to endear yourself and show your sheer loyalty," Griffin said.

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