WATCH: Former RNC Chair Michael Steele Explains Why He Hasn’t Left the Republican Party

The nomination of Donald Trump in 2016 did incalculable damage to the Republican party. Sure he won the presidency and served for four years. But he also cost the party a number of members, particularly women voters in the suburbs.

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And many former prominent Conservatives changed their party affiliations. Michael Steele, despite his severe opposition to Trump, did not. On Sunday he explained why he is still a Republican and plans on remaining one.

While addressing racist comments from Senator Ron Johnson, Jonathan Capehart asked Steele, “This is your party. I assume you are still a member of the Republican Party.”

The former RNC chair responded that he was. Guest Soledad O’Brien asked why.

“Because this is where I’ve been for 46 years and I don’t get to step off that easily,” Steele said. “It’s a tough journey. It’s in a tough place right now. And so there are a lot of us like Adam Kinzinger and others who are trying to fight for fresh ground. But you’ve got the Ron Johnsons that stand in the way. What I appreciate about the Johnson comment is, OK, fine, I like the clarity of letting me know what you think about me. I understand now you are afraid of Black people. So this is good to know.”

Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:

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