A number of former conservative big wigs have ended their support of the party since Donald Trump took office. Figures such as Bill Kristol, George Will and current Michigan congressman, Justin Amash, have all blamed the President for their departure from the GOP.
As the former head of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele is yet another former prominent conservative who now rails against the President. While appearing on MSNBC Saturday morning, Steele called out his former party for acting cowardly while Mitch McConnell aids the Russians.
Speaking with host David Gura, Steele took issue with the inaction from Republican lawmakers. “You know, when you have four pieces of legislation that are put up to deal with ballot security, safeguarding our elections and the Republican Majority Leader blocks those four, okay, that’s fine — then what are your plans?” he said. “If you don’t like the four that we’ve put up, then give us your plan. Give us something. Don’t just go home for summer recess.”
The former RNC chair suggested, “Declare the space and push the Senate and the House to move and act. All of these scenarios that we’ve been dealing with, we deal with them and have to deal with them in the way we do because at least half the participants don’t act or react.”
Referring to a recent warning from Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Steele said, “So when you look at someone like Burr who’s saying, look, we’ve got to start to move and act and do these things, the test for him is going to be to get his colleagues to get behind and reinforce that effort.”