Michael Steele was chosen to be the head of the Republican National Committee during an era when the Republican Party was trying to broaden its outreach to counter the appeal of Democratic President Barack Obama.
We are, of course, in a very different age now, and it is evident that former RNC chair Steele is not in step with his political party’s current priorities and tactics. During a recent interview, the Republican had harsh words for conservative evangelicals who have been sacrificing the party’s principles (and their own supposed biblical values) to defend scandal-plagued President Donald Trump.
As president of conservative Christian activist organization the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins wields considerable clout in evangelical Christian political circles. Many people from both sides of the political aisle took notice, then, when he recently stated in Politico’s Off Message podcast that, regarding morally-challenged President Trump, “We kind of gave him — ‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.’” Perkins explained that he and other conservative Christians turn a blind eye to Trump’s ethics failings because he has been so active in pushing their agenda. Tony stated that evangelicals “were tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists, and I think they are finally glad that there’s somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully.” When the interviewer asked if this approach reconciled with Jesus Christ’s insistence on turning the other cheek, Perkins rationalized it by saying, “You know, you only have two cheeks. Look, Christianity is not all about being a welcome mat which people can just stomp their feet on.”
Ex-RNC chair Steele recently appeared on MSNBC and was asked by host Chris Hayes for his reaction to the Family Research Council’s Perkins and other evangelical leaders giving Trump a “mulligan.” Detailed Hayes on his show, “When it comes down to giving Trump a pass, some top evangelical leaders are turning a blind eye to his past indiscretions and came to his defense following recent reports about his alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.” Reacted Steele unequivocally, “I have very simple admonition: just shut the hell up and don’t preach to me about anything ever again.” He went on, “After telling me who to love, what to believe, what to do and what not to do and now you sit back and the prostitutes don’t matter, the grabbing the you-know-what doesn’t matter, the outright behavior and lies don’t matter, just shut up!” The former Republican Party head finished, “They have no voice of authority any more for me.” Do you agree with Steele? Watch the full clip below: