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'Uncle Tom's Cabin' sent to Republican lawmaker's DC office

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'Whoever sent this book did so w/ hate in their heart & the desire to depict me as a sellout'

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Republican Rep. Byron Donalds' Washington, D.C., office received a copy of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

"Today, my D.C. office received a copy of the world-renowned book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Whoever sent this book did so w/ hate in their heart & the desire to depict me as a sellout," a tweet on the congressman's @RepDonaldsPress Twitter account stated.

GOP Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah called the stunt "a clear example of bullies, cowards, intellectual dwarfs and racists who thrive in the shadows of anonymity."

"'Uncle Tom’s Cabin' is a book everyone should read," Grace to You director of digital platforms Darrell B. Harrison tweeted. "Only those who are ignorant of its gospel-themed narrative would view that book with such hateful and spiteful intent as this."

Earlier this month, after voting twice for California Republican Kevin McCarthy to become House speaker, Donalds joined the ranks of more than a dozen GOP lawmakers who had been voting against McCarthy. In many of the voting rounds, all or some of the McCarthy opponents voted for Donalds. Donalds voted for Ohio Republican Jim Jordan on the third round, then for himself from the fourth through 11th rounds. He and many others in the group voted for McCarthy from the 12th round on, though McCarthy did not secure the speakership until the 15th round when six lawmakers voted present.

Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri called Donalds "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," Bush tweeted.

"FWIW, nobody asked @CoriBush her opinion on the matter. Before you judge my agenda, let's have a debate over the policies and the outcomes. Until then, don't be a crab in a barrel!" Donalds tweeted.

Donalds, a Florida Republican, has served as a U.S. congressman since 2021.

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