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“Trump cares more about himself than the country”: Florida Republican goes from harsh critic of Trump to potential VP


Florida – Representative Byron Donalds, a Republican from Florida who is now a strong supporter of Donald Trump, recently came to his defense after the former president was criticized for his claims made during an event at the Black Conservative Federation Honors Gala in South Carolina, where he said that the criminal charges against him might be enhancing his appeal among Black Americans. But the Florida representative wasn’t always “sticking by Trump’s side.”

From Critic to Ally

Donalds has recently made headlines as a possible vice-presidential pick for Donald Trump’s 2024 election campaign. A report by CNN’s KFile team, however, brings to light Donalds’ past criticisms of Trump, offering a glimpse into the complexities of political alliances and how they can evolve over time.

Donalds, who is known as one of the most committed supporters of the MAGA movement, has been recognized for his unwavering loyalty to former President Donald Trump. Donalds, who is considered a potential vice presidential candidate for the 2024 election, also recently refused to commit to certifying election results that do not favor Trump. This stance has solidified his position as a key figure within Trump’s circle as the 2024 presidential election approaches.

Reconciling Past Criticisms with Current Support

However, Donalds’ current alignment with Trump contrasts sharply with his previous criticisms of the former president. As an activist within the Tea Party movement and an unsuccessful congressional candidate, Donalds was vocal in his disapproval of Trump, particularly regarding Trump’s promotion of baseless conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s birthplace and eligibility for the presidency. In comments dating back to 2011 and 2012, Donalds expressed his disdain for Trump’s focus on himself over the country.

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“‘Trump is a huge distraction, and cares more about himself than the country in my opinion, but I could care less about him,'” Donalds stated this in a 2011 Facebook post, criticizing Trump’s claims about Obama’s birth certificate. He also dismissed Trump’s questioning of Obama’s religion and citizenship, drawing parallels to the conspiracy theories surrounding George W. Bush and the 9/11 attacks.

Moreover, Donalds disagreed with Trump on economic policies, particularly Trump’s protectionist stance and calls for boosting U.S. manufacturing. He argued that it was cheaper to produce clothing in China than in Michigan and advocated for privatizing entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. These views stand in contrast to Trump’s promises not to alter Social Security and Medicare, despite later indicating openness to cuts.

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When approached by CNN for comment on the resurfacing of his past criticisms amidst discussions of his potential vice-presidential candidacy, Donalds’ spokesperson defended his current support for Trump. The spokesperson emphasized Donalds’ steadfast backing of Trump’s policy agenda as the reason for his consideration as Trump’s running mate, dismissing the significance of the decade-old posts. “President Trump is considering Byron as his running mate because of the Congressman’s steadfast support for the 45th President and his historic policy agenda. The fact that these decade-old posts are now resurfacing in the middle of running mate deliberations is weak but typical of CNN,” the spokeperson said.

This revelation of Donalds’ past criticisms of Trump underscores the dynamic nature of political allegiances and the strategic shifts that can occur as political landscapes evolve. As the 2024 presidential election draws closer, the spotlight on Donalds’ transformation from critic to ally highlights the intricate and sometimes paradoxical nature of political endorsements and partnerships.

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