Of course, these Republicans, strenuously posing as “principled,” remain quiet about their own election-stealing strategy, even as it sits ponderously front and center as the proverbial elephant in the American political arena.
A long, long time ago, Lindsey Graham was seen as a senator willing to make deals on both sides of the aisle. But the South Carolina senator is now very far away from those days.
Graham, more than perhaps any other prominent Republican lawmaker, is all in on Donald Trump. He recently said that the party can’t even move forward without Trump at its head.
The South Carolina senator recently said to Sean Hannity, “I’ve always liked Liz Cheney, but she’s made a determination that the Republican Party can’t grow with President Trump. I’ve determined we can’t grow without him.”
Michael Steele, the former chair of the RNC was asked about those comments on Sunday. He told MSNBC‘s Jonathan Capehart, “My, how the mighty have fallen and sunken to the lowest of lows that Donald Trump is your savior. The reality of it is Donald Trump five years ago was someone that everyone was like, ‘why is he here?’ and now they are kicking everyone else out of the room because he is here.”
The Lincoln Project member continued:
“It speaks of desperation — desperation of leadership, desperation for ideas, desperation for a way to move the country forward and embrace its diversity. That’s what Liz Cheney is trying, has been trying to tell them and she has shown the leadership, which they are threatened by, as one of her caucus members put it, you know, ‘she’s like that girlfriend who doesn’t listen to you.’ Really? that’s your go-to with Liz Cheney? That tells you where we are.”
When Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, the Republican party took a hard took at what went wrong. They decided that they GOP would be better served by seeking the votes of Latino and Black Americans.
But the party essentially did the opposite. They nominated Donald Trump, whose disdain for minority voters was quite clear. And now that party knows that convincing minority voters to vote Republican is an uphill battle.
So the GOP has decided that rather than convincing more people to vote for them, they would suppress the vote. Former GOP Chair Michael Steele recently explained why that was a losing strategy.
Steele made the comments during an interview with MSNBC;s Ari Melber. He asked the host and audience, “The question to reps and voters in Georgia and Arizona and elsewhere, who are taking rights away from Black people across this country in places like Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, how do you think this ends? How do you think this ends? Do you think black folks will just sit by and let you get away with this?”
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“Every last one of your names will go on a ballot. Enjoy your time in office. Because you will see the power of the vote come back like a hammer. Like a hammer, for the action you have taken and the bill that was signed into law today. It’s antithetical to everything our party has stood for in its history and it is antithetical to everything this country has stood for. This is suppression — bold face it. And what are you going to do about it? Watch and see. There are consequences here. Don’t just think people will roll over.”
The “big lie” is not unique to Trump but rather constitutes a long-standing Republican tradition and political practice that, far from distinguishing itself from Trump’s governance, in fact enabled and even created it.
Donald frequently bragged about how much money his campaign was raising during election season. The truth was, however, that he was being crushed by Joe Biden and the Democratic machine.
And now that the election is over, Trump hasn’t stopped trying to raise funds. This time, he is asking for money to fund legal fights in an effort to overturn the results. The fine print, though, actually states that much of the money is going towards repaying the president’s campaign debt.
Michael Steele knows quite a bit about raising money for political purposes. He had, at one time, served as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He has changed his tune since then and now is a member of the Lincoln Project.
And Steele also serves as a pundit for MSNBC. On Wednesday night, host Joy Reid remarked, “Donald Trump is just openly using the White House as the backdrop for his infomercial. But he’s always doing the same thing, right? You know, I interviewed people when I wrote the recent book I wrote about Trump, and they said they didn’t think he was going to win. They thought it would be great marketing for his hotels to run for president.”
“The great little dirty party of this is Donald Trump right now, Joy is raising money at a faster rate, to sort, of steal the election than he did when he was trying to win the election. And that’s what people need to understand. He’s raising more money now than he did when he was actually running for the job that he’s now trying to say that they stole from him! So, look, the grift is on, baby.”
Michael Steel responded to criticism of his opposition to Donald Trump on Tuesday by calling out “collaborators” whom he suggested had abandoned Republican ideas.
The former Chair of the Republican National Committee announced on Monday he was joining the Lincoln Project, a conservative group backing former Vice President Joe Biden.
Fox Nation host David Webb tagged Steele in a tweet, asking how supporting Democrats gets him “closer to Republican principles” – clearly claiming that President Trump represents those ideas.
“Serious answer, I don’t need to get closer to my Republican principles,” Steele replied.
Serious answer, I don’t need to get closer to my Republican principles. I’ve never moved off them. I stand where Reagan stood. Where do you stand? I stand where Eisenhower stood? Where do you stand? The collaborators have to explain themselves. Not the resistors. https://t.co/xPCvSzEHFW
Due to family drama, the Lincoln Project recently lost a founding member in George Conway. While the lawyer says he is taking a break from social media, he promised that he is still completely behind the groups message.
It didn’t take long for the Trump-trolling collective to find a new prominent Republican to join their cause. On Monday, the Lincoln Project sent out an announcement welcoming former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to the team.
Steele said in a statement releaed by the group, “
The chair behind the Resolute Desk has always been bigger than any political party.
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said that Trump is trying to dumb down the conversation on impeachment.
Republican strategists who have publicly criticized Donald Trump are getting blackballed and losing jobs with GOP candidates, the Daily Beast reports this morning.
According to the report, Republican strategist Rick Tyler, the former top communications aide on Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) political campaign, was fired from his job working for Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel after the Trump White House complained about hiring him. In particular, the White House threatened to endorse his primary opponent unless he cut Tyler from his payroll.
A half a dozen longtime GOP consultants tell The Daily Beast that this has become standard operating procedure for the Trump White House, which they claim “operates as a cult of personality, insisting on lockstep loyalty above every other consideration—even at the expense of competent political practice.”
GOP strategist Susan Del Percio, who has also been harshly critical of Trump, explains to the Daily Beast that the White House’s entire political operation is bent on getting back at its critics.
“There’s no sophistication,” she said. “They are not trying to pick winners and losers at all. They are not getting involved in the races. They are simply vengeful… They’re just going after political enemies.”
According to The Daily Beast:
Republican stalwarts said it is unusual for a president to target the staff members of down-ballot campaigns, and that the episode reflects a self-defeating pettiness that is driving talent out of the GOP.”
Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) knows a lot about racism. He is an African American himself, and he has always been loyal to his party. But when it comes to racism, he refuses to stay silent.
But this morning Steele had some harsh words for his fellow Republicans all over the country. He said that GOP candidates have allowed President Donald Trump’s “inherent racism” to take over their messaging.
Steele is now a regular MSNBC contributor and was on “Morning Joe” talking about how Republican House and Senate candidates are now complicit with Trump’s messaging which he believes is both racist and misogynistic.
“It’s not like Republicans don’t have a narrative they can go out into the country and talk about,” Steele said. “But no, they’ve fallen into this bucket where they feel they can peddle, or at least stay silent on inherent racism, misogynistic language, and bad behavior.”
“And somehow they think they can sit back and the American people are going to go, ‘we want more of that.’ Well, this election is going to be a very important tell on which direction America wants to go,” he added.
Steele is a frequent critic of the president and the Republican Party’s direction. In February a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) official said
Steele had been elected as RNC chair due to his race,
Despite Eric Cantor's humiliating defeat on Tuesday, Michael Steele claims there is a lot of interest in getting him to chair the RNC.
A weekly roundup of the Republican Wing Nut Circus, this week featuring the Ohio GOP telling women to get back to the kitchen, Sarah Palin blaming a hacked email account for losing the election in 2008, Rush Limbaugh claiming that Obama is going to repeal presidential term limits, and of course Rachel Maddow on Sue Lowden's plan to barter chickens for health care.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele was on Fox Radio's Brian and The Judge show, and he left no doubt about who is really running the GOP, as he admitted that he watches Glenn Beck , and then said, "Love, Beck, love Beck, my goodness, he's lovable."