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Letitia James goes after Donald Trump’s potential running mate

New York Attorney General Letitia James has criticized Donald Trump’s potential running mate, Byron Donalds, for comments he made about the Jim Crow era.

Writing on This was after the Florida Republican, widely tipped as a potential vice presidential candidate on Trump’s shortlist, sparked controversy by appearing to make positive comments about the era, which ended in 1964, during a Trump campaign in Philadelphia aimed at engaging black voters.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Donalds said, “You know, during Jim Crow, the black family was together. During Jim Crow, more black people were not only conservative – black people are always conservative – but more black people voted conservative. Donalds said. “And then (the former Department of Health, Education and Welfare), Lyndon Johnson, you go down that road, and now we are where we are.”

James, who earlier this year successfully sued Trump and his company in a high-profile civil fraud case, responded to a tweet promoting MSNBC host Joy Reid’s interview with Donalds, in which Reid criticized Donalds for bringing up Jim Crow during the event.

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Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) arrives to address the media on behalf of former President Donald Trump outside Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on May 14, 2024. New York Attorney General Letitia James has…


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“The period of our history known as Jim Crow terrorized the black community, and especially black men, Joy Reid made that clear,” James wrote. “History is important.”

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After continued criticism of his comments, Donalds shared a video on X accusing Democrats of “gaslighting” the American people.

“They’re trying to say I said, ‘Black people did better under Jim Crow.’ I never said that. They’re lying. But why should you be surprised?

“What I said was you had more black families under Jim Crow, and it was Democratic policies under HEW, under the welfare state, that helped destroy the black family,” the Republican clarified.

Donalds is just one of several Republicans who have emerged as potential running mates for Trump.

According to the website Oddschecker, the five most likely candidates, in order of likelihood for the role, are Tim Scott, the junior U.S. senator from South Carolina, Doug Burgum, the governor of North Dakota, JD Vance, a junior senator from Ohio, Marco Rubio , the senior U.S. Senator from Florida, and Ben Carson, the former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2017 to 2021.

Presidential candidates typically announce their choices for their running mates in the days or weeks leading up to party conventions.