Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele surprised his fellow party members when he decided to jump ship on the party’s nominee and join The Lincoln Project, according to CNN.
Steele is an American conservative political commentator, attorney, and former Republican Party politician. He served as the lieutenant governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007 and made history as one of the first African-Americans elected to statewide office in the state of Maryland. He now serves as a political analyst for MSNBC.
However, there was a rumbling of mistrust and hurt feelings when fellow Republicans saw him turn his back on President Donald Trump, his party’s nominee for the White House, and say that he believes the White House should be given up.
“Today is the day where things should matter and you need to take stock of what matters to you — and the kind of leader you want to lead in these moments. And for me, it ain’t him,” Steele, said on Monday afternoon to MSNBC‘s Nicole Wallace.
The politician who served as the first African American to be chairman of the RNC went on to say, “I get it, but I’m an American. I get my role as a former party leader. I’m still an American and these things matter to me more than aligning myself with a party that has clearly decided it would rather be sycophantic than principled.”
Steele left his position at the RNC in 2011 and has criticized the president along with a few other high profile Republicans, such as George Conway, the husband of soon-to-be-former-White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.
Steele, George Conway, and others have used comments by the president, such as him referencing “s***hole countries” as racist. Steele indicated his growing disdain earlier this year when he said in April that, “America, in some respects, has been abused by this president.” And again in June, when he asserted that he believes the president does not believe America’s ideals.
The Lincoln project states that “OUR MISSION [is to] Defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.”
They went on to say that they “do not undertake this task lightly nor from ideological preference.” They also claim that the “priority for all patriotic Americans must be a shared fidelity to the Constitution and a commitment to defeat those candidates who have abandoned their constitutional oaths, regardless of party.”
According to those that run the Lincoln Project, the president falls among those who have to be “abandoned.” Their mission statement ends by saying that “Electing Democrats who support the Constitution over Republicans who do not is a worthy effort.”
While their efforts have not lacked zeal, they seem to have done a lackluster job at showing how the president has done much other than infuriate some individuals who feel he has upset the political balance, both in the United States and abroad.
What Steele, Conway, and others will have to account for in the long run is whether they were willing to sell out the highest office in the land to the left so that they could find more “worthy” politicians who were willing to play ball the way politicians have been doing in Washington for decades.
It makes sense that career politicians would have trouble with a guy who advocates for term limits and the eviction of those who’ve made their fortunes off of being a Washington insider.