Michael Steele Becomes Fifth Former RNC Chairman To Announce That He Won’t Be Voting For Donald Trump

The Week reports:

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele just can’t stomach voting for either major-party presidential candidate. “I was damn near puking during the debates,” Steele said Thursday at a dinner in San Francisco in honor of the 40th anniversary of Mother Jones.

Steele, who led the RNC from 2009 to 2011 as the first black GOP chairman, said he won’t be casting a ballot for his party’s nominee Donald Trump, and he won’t vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton either.

He cannot support Trump because he has “captured that racist underbelly, that frustration, that angry underbelly of American life and gave voice to that,” Steele said. He also argued that Trump only represents about 30 percent of the Republican Party.

Among the other former RNC chairs to denounce Trump is homocon Ken Mehlman, who ran George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign as 21 states enacted same-sex marriage bans with Bush’s backing.

  • bkmn
    • DaddyRay

      I thought I heard the speech earlier from the guy in the stall

      • TrollopeReader

        I thought you pushed the button to override the “Trump Speech” from the stall …

  • joe ho

    too little too late. he’s been a trump apologist/enabler for 15 months. he’s puke-worthy.

  • Sean Williams

    The problem with these Republicans is that they all say they won’t vote for anyone.

    It’s disgraceful and typical. It is the same lame duck obstructionist attitude that pervades the party. They shut down the govt, the won’t approve Supreme Court nominees.

    They fail to do their job and then just bury their heads in the sand.

    • BobSF_94117

      Well, one good thing about “I won’t vote for anyone” is that some in the GOP fold might think that means sitting out the vote entirely, even the down-ticket races.

      • lightcomingon

        That is what I’m sure hoping for!!

      • teeveedub

        I don’t trust any of these fuckers. I bet there are plenty of folks who now publicly try to distance themselves from Trump who will still pull the lever for him in the privacy of the voting booth, because their hatred of the Clintons is so great.

        • B Snow

          That’s one reason I’m wary of Clinton’s polling lead.

      • DonnaLee

        That’s how I hope the Dems take the House!

    • bzrd

      they’ll vote for cheatoz they just want people to think they aren’t batshit crazy

      • clay

        “The polls are wrong because haters are too ashamed to say their mind when asked.”

    • Cowboy

      I hope Utah voters remember Orrin Hatch said he is voting for Trump. I doubt it. They already forgot Mike Lee brought the government to a screeching halt a couple of years ago.

  • Lazycrockett

    I love watching Steele hem and haw bout the political shit storm his party is experiencing this cycle. I feel for the guy.

    • Bruno

      I don’t much. He helped get the party to this point after the 2008 election. While I won’t mistake him for a tRumpanzee neo-Nazi by any means, he was instrumental in allowing this all to happen.

      • kareemachan

        Buyer’s remorse doesn’t mean squat.

    • Butch

      Some of his statements lately (for example, on MSNBC) have been almost not despicable. I think he’s more free to speak his mind now.

    • Randy Ellicott

      He was on Jeopardy earlier this year and Trebek asked if he was happy to be former head of the RNC, to which his answer was a rather enthusiastic yes.

    • Soren456

      The ineffable Michael Steele is among the RNC’s biggest laughing stocks, shit-canned by them for utter ineptitude. And like Gingrich, he wouldn’t know integrity if it bit him in the ass—an unlikely scenario in either case.

      “Feeling” for him is not called for.

  • TexasBoy

    But….but….I thought Trump had the Black vote sewn up, according to him. Heck, he can’t even get a Black Republican to vote for him.

    • clay

      He’s still got his Dr. Carson doll.

  • Rex

    Just another rat jumping from a sinking ship, at this point they’re just trying to save their own careers.

  • kelven
    • IamM

      Never the wrong thread for Eurythmics.

  • Gustav2

    Gee, they all act like the Republican Party has morphed into something new and unrecognizable from the 1980’s Republican Party.

    • clay

      Both those were poor, African-American women and convicts, not upstanding, college-educated men like the good Mr. Steele.

      • Gustav2

        Welfare queens really need to get rid of those Cadillacs.

        • Nowhereman

          Today’s welfare queens are white trash from red states who wear the confederate rag on their hats, vote republican and complain when they miss a white power demonstration or a wild life refuge take over because the government didn’t get their disability check to them in time.

          • IamM

            So were the eighties’, well other than big business and the extremely wealthy.

          • Jerry

            “Today’s welfare queens…” actually have “Inc.” in their name. Multiply all public assistance programs by 3.5, and you’ll get the amount given out in corporate welfare each year.

    • Nick in Pasadena

      What is ‘new’ is Trump’s compulsion to blurt out things that traditionally have been communicated in code phrases and dog whistles. The underlying messages–white privilege, misogyny, homophobia, tax breaks for the rich, etc.–are still the same.

    • Nowhereman

      Yup–1980 was the welfare queen election. I really hate what Reagan did to our democracy.

  • PickyPecker
    • IamM

      Shouldn’t the boat be a giant rat?

  • FAEN

    What do you want, a medal? It’s the 11th hour and NOW you choose to speak up? Too little too late.

  • Ray

    I wonder how the folks over at Storm Front will react to this.

  • ShawnSwagger
  • james1200
  • LovesIrony

    so glad to see the festering party of hate and no fall apart. Keep letting tony perkins and other kkk members have influence and you won’t come back.

    • DaddyRay

      They need to grab on tight to that Trump anchor

  • Mike C

    Whatever. He practically engineered and rallied the anti-intellectual party of stupid Tea People, and never did a damn thing to temper the rise of the idiots that rose like pond scum after ’08, got elected in the midterms ground our government to a halt. Again: You built this.

  • ShawnSwagger
    • clay

      God, but I wanted to be Gene Kelly.

      • Chucktech

        Apparently a lot of men at the time looked at Fred Astaire and said “There’s no way I could ever dance like that,” but looked at Gene Kelley and said, “That looks easy.” Until, of course, they tried to dance like Gene Kelley.

      • olandp

        I wanted to do Gene Kelly.

        • clay

          being in that body, one way or the other
          having that energy in your body, one way or the other

  • LovesIrony

    is it too early for an autopsy Rinsed? just change the date. Stop being the party of stupid.

  • oooh! da house negre spilled some gravy on one of da fine white folk! we’s all hope we doan all get a whippin from it.

    sorry, the black part of me would write some very nasty things about this idiot. but it’s friday and i want to think about nice things instead.

    • arewemenoramidevo

      Like how sunshine hits the autumn leaves in the morning. Or how Lysol cleans and disenfects bathroom fixtures, trash cans, tile floors, dishwashers, rowboats, sporting equipment, boating anchors, lawnmower blades, Wonderbread….

  • moebym

    I’ll take one fewer vote for Trump.

  • ShawnSwagger

    Breaking Live from Trump Tower. Kellyanne Conway has been spotted at one of the windows.


    • clay

      I subscribe to the Jewish rule of humor: it’s only funny if it’s at least partially true. Your post is scarily a whole lot true.

    • kareemachan

      What it didn’t show was Pierson sneaking up behind her and with her bullet necklace dragging her back to Hell… Or maybe it was one of the American Psycho twins dragging her back with their elephant tail.

  • LibreV

    I keep imagining excerpts from the RNC autopsy on this tap-dancing turkey.

    “Post-election research and focus testing seems to indicate that nominating a paranoid, bellicose, profane graba$$ with ego issues and the morals of rabid weasel is a bridge too far in American politics.”

    • teeveedub

      And then, before the ink is dry on their autopsy report, they’ll go back to their same old ways. They GOP just can’t help itself.

  • MikeBx2

    I’d bet many who say they won’t vote for Clinton either, will.

  • Hank

    I am just surprised, that Micahel Steele would not vote for Hillary. I have watched him for years. First as Governor of MD, then as a moderate Republican contributor on MSNBC, He knows, that Hillary is capable. I would almost like to be in the voting booth with him, to see what he does in private!!!

    • Chucktech

      THIS. He’s too smart to not want the most qualified person to be president. In the inner sanctum of the voting booth, I’ll bet he votes for Hillary

    • Baltimatt

      He was the lieutenant governor, not the governor.

  • teeveedub

    The very people who paved the way over the last few decades for a Trump candidacy are now bemoaning the results of their actions and their policies.

    No, no, no. You don’t get to distance yourselves from this, you sniveling cowards.

  • bob

    Any minority that supports trump has brain damage ! It was foolish to wait this long.

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  • Tempus Fuggit

    “I was damn near puking during the debates,” Steele said

    Yeah? Now you know how we humans feel every time we see or hear from you.

  • IamM

    Remember when Steele defending Palin’s energy policy was the level of establishment GOP craziness?

    Remember my Vancombe lady joke about Mooselini writing crib notes on her palm?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Michael “Doc Frank” Steele: “I cannot, in good conscience, support this man-baby”

    Igor: “I’m sorry Dr. Frankenstein, you brought it to full term and, pursuant to your own party platform, you can’t abort it now.”

  • andrew

    If Michael Steele and other GOP folks who oppose Trump, but won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, the only person who stands between Trump and the Oval Office, they are in fact helping Donald Trump become POTUS.

    • clay

      but, but, all the blood will be on the hands of the priests.

      • andrew

        I don’t understand your reply.

        • clay

          Pilate washing his hands– they won’t feel any guilt

          • andrew

            Got it.

  • TheManicMechanic

    How magnanimous of you.