Bush, instead, used the potentially historic moment to racially attack Donalds as a mere "prop" for white supremacy.
"[For what it's worth], @ByronDonalds is not a historic candidate for Speaker. He is a prop," Bush tweeted on Wednesday. "Despite being Black, he supports a policy agenda intent on upholding and perpetuating white supremacy."
How did Bishop respond?
Taking his grievance to the House floor, Bishop made it clear that Republicans abhor Bush's racist attack.
"Last night, I sat within feet of Mr. Donalds as the tweet of another member-elect appeared on the screen. That member-elect wrote, and sent out to America, that Byron Donalds is 'a prop,'" he began. "I've spent a good bit of time with Mr. Donalds, especially lately.
"He ain’t no prop!" Bishop declared. "This is the tired, old, grotesquely racist rhetoric that we've seen far too long!"
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Later in his speech, Bishop said Congress needs more lawmakers like Donalds.
"I know Byron. He's not a prop — he's a man of personal conviction," Bishop said. "He arrived at his convictions through authentic and genuine life experience."
What did Donalds say?
The Florida Republican defended himself on Thursday, but more importantly observed how sad it was that Bush felt she needed to personally attack and minimize him.
"That sucks, to be honest with you, man," Donalds said on Fox Business. "I feel bad that she really put that out there because you know, if you see a black man rising, I mean, let the man rise, even if you don't agree with him.
"As a black man to a black woman, I would've never done that to her," he added. "It's a shame she did it to me."