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Michael Steele Lambasts Kevin McCarthy’s ‘Self-Destructive Idiocy’

Former Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele on Tuesday unloaded on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the “self-destructive idiocy” of clinging to ex-President Donald Trump’s “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.

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Steele, one of the few remaining moderates in the GOP, lamented in an MSNBC editorial that the “once proud Republican Party” of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant “is convulsing with conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election while desperately trying to recast the insurrection of Jan. 6 as nothing more than a tourist event.”

Steele predicted that the party’s descent into madness and fantasy “will not end well” so long as elected officials and GOP operatives continue to “quietly approve of or outright participate in the systematic deconstruction of the legitimacy of our republic.”

Trump’s “stranglehold,” he said, is fatally toxic:

Since his exile to the modern-day Elba of Mar-a-Lago, the disgraced former president’s mantle of lies and divisiveness has been trumpeted by elected GOP apostates of Republicanism and the conservative ideals that animate its principles. Willing to speak truth only in whispers and behind closed doors, they have taken a jackhammer to the very foundation of our democracy as they persist in promoting the ‘big lie.’

According to Steele, no single Republican deserves more of the blame than McCarthy, who has desperately toed the line between loyalty Trump and appeasing the House GOP’s disputatious caucus:

Such self-destructive idiocy by House GOP members was topped with a dunce cap of jaw-dropping mendacity when their leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, declared upon leaving an Oval Office meeting only hours after Cheney was stripped of her leadership post, ‘I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.’

OK, Kevin. Never mind that just 48 hours earlier, Trump posted on his blog that ‘… votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States.’

Steele noted that the birth of Trump’s presidential bid in 2015 was when the GOP decided to abandon any semblance of reason, adding that unless a miraculous awakening occurs within Republican ranks, his party is an imminent danger to the survival of the American democratic experiment.

“Defeating ambition and ignorance with patriotism and intelligence will require us to follow Lincoln’s advice to engage one another and our nation around core principles for a successful American democracy like pluralism and civic responsibility; or the rule of law and Constitutional order, so as to make converts to truth and justice day by day, neighbor by neighbor, conversation by conversation. Yeah, we have some work to do; otherwise, this does not end well — for any of us,” Steele said.

Read the full op-ed here.



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