A Contributor at The New York Times has suggested that voters elected some of the members of Congress opposing Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for House Speaker because of racism.
Mara Gay, an NYT editorial board member, falsely claimed that the Congressmen were elected based on a litmus test to curb diversity in the country.
"Some of these individuals were people who were really only elected based on a litmus test to stop the tide of diversity in the country, the browning of America, the fears that surround that. So, they were not elected to go do the work of government"- @MaraGay w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/zYNo2th9Zh
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) January 6, 2023
“Some of these individuals were people who were really only elected based on a litmus test to stop the tide of diversity in the country, the browning of America, the fears that surround that. And so they were not elected to go do the work of government and you are seeing that now,” Gay said during an appearance on MSNBC.
Gay added that the Republican voters who voted for the Congressmen think the government is a joke and wants to “burn it to the ground.” She added that the Congressmen were sent to the Capitol to make a mockery of the government.
Gay also claimed that while the Congressmen are meant to serve the public, they are “not public servants.”
While it remains unclear why Gay made the claim, one of the rebelling House GOP’s actions has proven that arguments are baseless and unfounded. The 20 House GOPs opposing McCarthy’s bid, including Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Scott Perry (R-PA) have all voted for Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), who is Black.
Perry, who nominated Donalds for House speaker, said Congress can make history by electing the first Black Republican speaker.
“We can make history today by electing the first Black Republican speaker of the House,” Perry said. “I’m here to nominate Byron Donalds because he has accomplished many things.”
Another fact that further shreds Gray’s argument is the fact that Donalds has only voted for McCarthy twice out of the 11 ballots held over three days.
Donalds’ nomination put him in the crosshairs of Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), who described him as a “prop.”
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.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 4, 2023
“FWIW, (Byron Donalds) is not a historic candidate for Speaker,” Bush said in a tweet. “… His name being in the mix is not progress—it’s pathetic.”