Former RNC Head Laments Rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene
Michael Steele, the former head of the Republican National Committee, tore into his party’s embrace of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), whose Trumpian brand of toxic politics has enamored conservatives across the United States, in an appearance on MSNBC’s The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart.
First, guest panelist Soledad O’Brien noted just how far the GOP has fallen into the grifting grips of ex-President Donald Trump.
“They need to keep him a little bit at arms’ length, but also make sure they’re kinda friendly at the same time,” O’Brien said of Trump.
Steele agreed, turning the discussion to the ungodly amounts of money Trump and MTG have been able to raise together:
I was talking with a number of fundraisers this week who were talking about that small-donor program that they have in place and it is very effective and it is the extremes that are raising the money. You know, the Adam Kinzingers and folks like that, they’re doing okay, you know, but they’re not raising $3 million in 30 days — that’s the difference.
And so, to Soledad’s point, that’s where the culture wars come in. That’s the culture fight being played out and realized in the dollars that are raised. Understand this: this is all very cynical. At the end of the day, they don’t give a rat’s patootie about these issues. Marjorie Taylor Greene is just a jacked-up congresswoman-wannabe who is as crazy as hell but can raise $3 million. Whereas common sense, focused, disciplined sort of ‘I want to try to govern the country’ type of Republicanism is trying to eke along a dollar at a time. So that kind of tells you where the dollar fight is and the Trumpists are winning.