Jennifer-Ruth Green, the GOP midterm candidate running in Indiana’s First Congressional District, tore into the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday for throwing its support behind her White male Democratic opponent.
“The hypocrisy in this decision is so incredibly clear,” Green said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “We see this is about power and about policy. This is about process. This is not about progress.”
Green is running to unseat Democrat Rep. Frank Mrvan, D-Ind. If elected, she will become the only Black female Republican in Congress. Green said the Congressional Black Caucus’ [CBC] decision to back her White challenger with a $5,000 donation to his campaign exposes the corrupt priorities and political bias of the group.
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“These are the liberal elites who want to have power and are focused on retaining it,” she told Carlson. “Their decision to back my opponent is hypocritical at best, because largely when you think about the fact that I understand the Black cultural experience better than any White man ever will, I understand the growth that needs to occur, I understand what needs to happen, and I’m committed as a Black woman, and as an Asian-American woman, to progressing minorities in our country. I seem like the clear choice, but because they want power over politics, the hypocrisy continues to be loud and proud.”
Green added that in her congressional district which includes Gary, Indiana, American people are suffering at “sub-poverty level.” Her opponent has “zero regard for them,” she told Carlson.
“Here are people that are hurting,” Green said. “The economy that the congressman has voted for has put them in a place where they have to choose between gas and groceries. … these are African Americans who are clearly hurting. He has zero regard for them.”
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“But I can tell you this,” Green continued. “There’s a line a mile and a half long of cars that sit outside my headquarters, people who need to get to the food pantry, who need help, and this is the America that the CBC wants to act as if it is helping Black people, and it’s very clearly not in Indiana’s Congressional First District.”
The Congressional Black Caucus PAC defended its decision, telling Fox News Digital in a statement that the PAC is “committed to electing African-Americans and African-American allies to Congress who will fight for our values.
“Congressman Mrvan understands the importance of a woman’s right to choose and protecting access to healthcare for all people,” they said. ” One of his first votes in Congress was for the American Rescue Plan which helped end this pandemic, put workers back on the job, and shored up the kinds of small businesses that are the backbone of Black community.”
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Green is reportedly not the first Black Republican candidate to be snubbed by the caucus. Last year, Black House Republican member Rep. Byron Donalds said he was being blocked from joining the influential and officially non-partisan group as one of only two Black Republicans in the House.
Donalds said at the time that he believes his membership was being blocked because of his political affiliation.
“The sad reality is, although the Congressman and those in the CBC share the same race, the (R) behind his name disqualifies him from membership today,” Donalds’ communications director Harrison Fields told Fox News.
The CBC has worked closely with the White House on matters like police reform and racial inequities. The group does not currently have any Republican members.