Michael Steele, Former Chair of the RNC, Condemns Trump’s Position on Race
Michael Steele, former Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) condemned the racial divisions caused by Pres. Donald Trump. He was a guest panelist on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews on MSNBC. Steele, over the past several months, has become a regular on MSNBC, a news network that is thought to be liberal, even though I would classify it as centrist in its position.
In his remarks, Michael Steele, about what happened at Charlottesville, VA, said that “Trump picked at the scab of racism until became a wound again”. Considering that Michael Steele still identifies himself as a member of the Republican Party, this is a pretty harsh statement, although it is true and one that I agree with 100%.
Michael Steele and most people who consider themselves to be moderate Republicans do not condone the racism of Donald Trump. Steele went on to say that Trump should be a uniting force in this country, instead of the voice of division that he has shown himself to be. Many moderate Republicans feel the same way, even though Michael Steele is one of the few who has the courage to speak out against a Republican president.
In some ways, I have to say that I find the attitude of Michael Steele refreshing. At one time, I didn’t really like or respect Michael Steele, primarily because he was not only a Republican, but I could not understand why any African-American would identify with the Republican Party, the party that has never held the best interests of African-Americans at heart, or in their actions. Even though I still don’t understand why an African-American, in this case, Michael Steele affiliates themselves with a party that has always seemingly been against them.
The only thing I can think of that might explain this is that the Democratic Party was at one time the political party that represented segregationists, like George Wallace and others like him. In that respect, I can understand it completely. It’s just that I prefer to look at what a party is doing now, not in the past.
Within the last year or so, while watching Michael Steele on MSNBC, mostly as a guest panelist, I have gained a great deal of respect for what he says and his position. I just wish there were more Republicans like him.