CPAC Official Shocks Audience: We Elected Michael Steele As RNC Chairman Because He’s A Black Guy

The Observer reports:

Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) communication director Ian Walters sparked controversy with a racially charged insult hurled at former RNC chair Michael Steele on Friday night. “We elected Mike Steele as chairman because he was a black guy, that was the wrong thing to do,” Walters told hundreds of conservatives during the conference’s Ronald Reagan dinner as guests at tables gasped in shock.

Michael Steele was near the back of the room, and addressed Walters’ remarks. “I wanted to talk to [CPAC chair] Matt Schlapp first, but I think it’s painfully stupid what he said,” Steele told Observer. “If he feels that way I’d like him to come say that to my face. And then I’d like him to look at my record and see what I did. I can’t believe an official of CPAC would go onstage in front of an audience and say something like that. I’ve been a strong supporter of CPAC for many years and I thought they raised them better than that here.”

  • David W. Shelton

    I’m sorry, were we supposed be shocked?

    • No, we may not always like reality but most of us accept it.

  • paddis

    Like Trump: “He’s my African American.” I don’t know how anybody could be shocked by this.

  • Wisterley

    I have to go and lie down. The shock’s made me come over all queer.

    • geoffalnutt

      Oh, honey! It’s gotten so bad I just take my “fainting couch” with me wherever I go – because you never know when they’re gonna hit. Even though it’s on wheels it’s still a bitch going up and down stairs! These are perilous times, indeed. I swan!

    • Reality.Bites

      Trust me. It’s not the shock.

    • SilasMarner

      I’ve started wearing my pearls constantly, that way when I’m shocked by what the Repugnicants do, I have something to clutch.

      • Wisterley

        Wait, I’m confused. Surely one should always wear one’s pearls? Due to wear and tear from all the recent clutching I’m having mine restrung.

  • Bluto
  • ClevelandJim

    Michael Steele: “I can’t believe an official of CPAC would go onstage in front of an audience and say something like that. I’ve been a strong supporter of CPAC for many years and I thought they raised them better than that here.”

    Oooooh Michael. Miiiichael, Michael, MIchael…still so naive?

    • I don’t think he is. But he’s never going to admit that he whored himself out to a racist party.

    • Jim Boyd

      BELIEVE IT..

  • “I’ve been a strong supporter of CPAC for many years and I thought they raised them better than that here.”

    Oh hunny, with your level of clueless-ness you absolutely deserve to be shocked and dismayed/

  • rednekokie

    Michael Steele is a pretty savvy guy. Why he has put up with these goons all these years is a mystery to me. I suppose he has his reasons, but were I he, I’d have left them high and dry long ago.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I was totally unimpressed with Steele as RNC chair. However, after he became a pundit, I saw how insightful he was. I imagine he thought/thinks he’s accompliahing something in the Republican Party. Some kind of “change them from the inside” thing?

      • rednekokie

        You are right — and I enjoy his comments whenever he appears on the MSNBC newschat programs — seems to always have something to offer. And, that’s why I wonder why he has put up with the reps all these years — he’s much smarter than most of them.

        • Reality.Bites

          Big (smart) fish in a small pond (talent pool)?

          If he was a Democrat he’d be no bigger than “Oh yeah, I always forget about him” status.

  • Itsatarp

    Well, duh! I thought everyone knew that.

  • 🐾vorpal🐾

    They’re homophobic. They’re sexist. They’re anti-immigration and anti-Muslim.
    Why should anyone be surprised that they’re racist, too?

    They’re going for a xenophobia bingo.

  • Boreal

    Oh Michael, in your quest for acceptance you accepted a position in the Big House, as a servant. You’ve known these people were racists for years and helped prop them up. The only surprise here is that you would even feign surprise.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    CPAC is nothing but a Klan Rally, only at a fancy resort and with tons more Grindr traffic.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Exactly. The company you keep, Mr. Steele

    • Scott MB

      Steele is nothing but their token black guy. Seriously, if he was Waldo you could spot him in a second in that sea of mayonnaise that is the Republican party.

      • Randy503

        And Clarence Thomas and that surgeon fool in charge of HUD.

      • Sporkfighter

        “Steele is nothing but their token black guy.”

        I always assumed he knew his role and that he knew he’d sold his soul for a few bucks and regular appearances on Faux News. He never seemed so stupid as to believe they liked him or respected him.

        • Belthazar

          Nailed it!

    • anne marie in philly

      and the white sheets/hoods come out at night with no one watching…

    • Nic Peterson

      And apparently only one blah person.

    • 2patricius2

      “I’m surprised. I hope this is not a reflection on the Klan. I have been a supporter of the Klan for years. It was a stupid remark on his part. I think they should look at the work I have done for the Klan….”

    • stanhope

      Scruff..those are nasty girls.

  • Philly Mike

    This is what inclusion looks like in the republican party.

  • Harveyrabbit

    Steele: “I hope it’s not a reflection of the leadership of CPAC”.

    Seriously? What planet has he been living on. It’s not just a reflection, it’s one of the Republican party’s official planks.

    • clay

      Just look at their official stance on Affirmative Action, on leveling the playing field among school districts, on payday loans, correcting past loan discrimination, and community banking. The GOP is opposed to Blacks and women in upper management, they are opposed to an even playing field to get there, and they are opposed to economic development of Black and Hispanic neighborhoods so they could do it on their own.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      It’s both a reflection and seepage

    • Dave B

      Well, he is a republican and that requires denial first and foremost.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Talk about the audacity of hope…

    • Robincho

      Steele, he dumb…

  • Gil


  • gaycuckhubby

    They were shocked that someone said it out loud, they weren’t shocked at the content

  • brined2

    well, Obama was elected president merely because he’s a black guy

    • Dazzer

      Oh dear.

      Troll better. Not troll more.

      • brined2

        when you can’t challenge the message, attack the messenger.

        • AmeriCanadian

          “When the messenger is a troll, there’s no point challenging its inane messages”

          — AmeriCanadian

          • brined2

            doubling down on stupid is a good tactic
            -Nancy Pelosi

          • AmeriCanadian


        • Dazzer

          You haven’t got a message – and that’s the problem.

          I understand that you’re still reeling from learning that your imaginary friend has run off to join the circus – and has left you forever – but you can’t come here to express your existential grief at discovering that you’re truly alone in the world.

          • brined2

            the circus?!!!! I didn’t know that

          • Dazzer

            Oh c’mon. Your political stance has always been a bit of a balancing act on the high wire.

            Your imaginary friend developed mad skillz just hanging round with you.

          • brined2

            are you calling me an inspiration?

          • Dazzer


            I think it’s safe to say that you’re as inspirational as chronic body odour.

          • brined2

            that’s perspirational, comrade

          • Dazzer

            Either one can be cured with a rigorous dose of daily hygiene.

            Don’t just sing in the shower – apply soap and lather, as well.

          • ohbear1957

            I’d say that you’re more of a drip of perspiration.
            How do you like it, Dazzer?

        • Clive Johnson

          You have no intelligible message.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        So true. The quality of Trolls has been lacking of late. They’re just not very bright and this has one circled back so many times with the same dull, trite comments, it’s pitiful. As always, I engage them occasionally for a laugh, but overall, they don’t really pose any threat of challenge. I remember when you could a get a quality troll, one who you knew was frothing at the mouth…you know of whom I speak. Now they’re just cheap knockoffs.

        • Dazzer

          I think this one is working its way up to a Turing Test.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada
          • Dave F.

            I miss the early days of the Internet when only smart people had access. There have always been stupid ass trolls, even before the Internet. In college the campus mainframe had three remote sites where people could work on projects. In my junior year they installed a messaging system, but allowed people to log in under any user name. Most of the CompSci crowd had well known user names. A few months into the semester, someone stole the user name for one of the support staff. It was pretty obvious that numb nuts was a noob – all caps typing, and showing the same intelligence level as our troll here. The university had a hard time pinning down the location – he moved between the terminal rooms and was on at different times. We laid a trap – one of the CompSci majors engaged him in useless banter when he showed up and then phoned me at my office in the Payroll dept. I directed a message to the troll that was nothing but a hundred bell commands, which would cause the receiving terminal to beep continuously. That was the end of his trolling.

            At least we have blocking ability now. Although I wish Disqus would create a word filter process to block all the repeat spammers.

        • fuow

          I blocked it. Too repetitive, too one-note. Bad programming.

          • ColdCountry

            A lazy troll.

    • netxtown

      you mean McCain lost cuz he’s white?

      • brined2

        no doubt that McCain is lousy. However, Obama was not only unknown, there was no effort made to dig into his past. He was the original Manchurian candidate

        • netxtown

          no…you’re trying to reaarrange the cards. If Obama was elected because he is black – then logically mcCain lost because he is white. “lousy” or otherwise is not on the table.

          • brined2

            actually, logic doesn’t flow that way, comrade.

          • netxtown

            you mean ‘your’ logic doesn’t flow. just begone. idiot racist shit stirrers are a dime a dozen

          • brined2

            I’m a platinum-plated, five-star shitstirrer, comrade

          • clay

            Ya know, there’s a reason why those things don’t sell.

          • brined2

            few can afford

          • clay

            and yet you’re here just given’ it away.

          • brined2

            I’m a giver

          • netxtown

            well, i do enjoy fucking them rusky boyz, comrade.

    • Clive Johnson

      You’re yet one more data point in the statistical argument that conservatives don’t think, they just rearrange their prejudices.

  • geoffalnutt

    Oh, please. I knew it as it was happening. They paid him off…and he let them. Repiglicons = KKK. Michael? Hello, Michael? Nothing.

  • ohbear1957

    “I’ve been a strong supporter of CPAC for many years and I thought they raised them better than that here.”
    I can’t believe that he never saw the signs.

    • Todd20036

      Denial. Or he’s outright lying to claim he isn’t an Uncle Tom

  • jeffg166

    The purity test gets harder to pass.

  • Reality.Bites

    If it’s any consolation, Michael, I’m pretty sure Ben Carson was chosen because he’s an idiot and Omarosa because she’s insane, not because they’re black.

    Steele comes from a point when they thought quietly racist policies could still attract a meaningful percentage of middle class black voters. They thought they could compartmentalize the crazy.

    • MaryJOGrady

      I think this is the best explanation I’ve seen yet of why Michael Steele is still invited to Republican wingdings like this. He’s a reminder of an era that is long gone.

      • clay

        Since Gen. Powell stopped returning their calls . . .

    • clay

      Clarence Thomas, too.

      • brined2


        • Amanda B. Rekendwith

          Get real.
          And don’t be an ass.

          • brined2

            never start a sentence with the word and.

          • Dazzer

            “And and and and and chips can only be understandable if you add Fish at the beginning.”

            Your lack of knowledge about basic English grammar is making me think I’m doing a Turing test with a wild Siberian hamster.

      • #DJTK5F

        “I don’t see color, only ‘colored folks’.”

    • brined2

      I don’t know any idiots who have the accomplishments/mental capabilities of Ben Carson

      • clay

        Then improve your circle of friends.

        • brined2

          it’s why I’m here, friend

          • clay

            You’re not my friend. You do not display friendliness and you have not bothered to get to know me, or even yourself.

          • brined2

            oh, we’re friends. You just can’t admit it yet

          • Dazzer

            See. I knew you just came here to find love.

          • ohbear1957

            Good morning, Dazzer. You look lovely as usual.

          • Dazzer

            As ever, ohbear, your acuity is as brilliant as a diamond in a bog 🙂

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            A pity his personality precludes it.

          • brined2

            is it the sequencing that needs work, comrade?

          • Chicago joe


          • brined2

            I just have trouble verbalizing

          • ohbear1957

            Translating Russian to English can be challenging.

          • brined2

            like nobody’s bidnet

        • ohbear1957

          Good morning, Clay. You look handsome as ever.
          ETA – You’re more than just a pretty face around here. I learn so much from your posts.

    • Ben Urban
    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Exactly! Steele needn’t be so upset. He’s still their token black.

      • #DJTK5F

        True that Schlapp prefers that he stand out near the driveway wearing a jockey’s uniform to increase minority visibility in the party.

        • Dagoril

          I’m surprised they didn’t give him a little lantern to hold too.

    • orion dumptee

      carson jus opened his first ‘u-store it’ franchise, DC northwest…..all the units are shaped like PYRAMIDS (sigh)

  • RealityBass

    “I’ve been a strong supporter of CPAC for many years and I thought they raised them better than that here.”

    Why, Mr. Steele? CPAC has gotten increasingly unhinged, and it was never especially hinged, so why are you still supporting them? You go on TV all the time complaining about the Trumpification of your beloved GOP, and now this?

  • netxtown

    Well, that was a bucket of cold water. hello nekked truth.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    “I can’t believe an official of CPAC would go onstage in front of an audience and say something like that.”

    Scorpion/Frog, Leopard/Woman’s Face Eaten

    • clay

      no, no, no, it’s the going onto stage and saying it in front of a recording audience.

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        The stoooopid runs deep.
        Cohesive thought, not so much.

    • fuow

      THERE was a young lady named Piper
      Who smiled as she rode on a Tiger;
      They came back from the ride
      With the lady inside,
      And the smile on the face of the Tiger.

  • Longpole

    Their finished with you Mr. Steele.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      There are many folks at CPAC who say they’re finished with their token black.

    • AC

      indeed, the ir

  • AmeriCanadian

    So Steele’s fellow Republicans are finally showing him their TRUE colors. I wonder how that makes him feel. Like, maybe, he picked the wrong party to support?

  • BartmanLA

    Are you REALLY surprised their racism is finally coming to light? This is the direct result of all the hateful and racist pandering Trump has been doing since he announced his run for President. Steele has always been their “token” and they’re only just realizing that they can proudly show off their racist slant because they have one of their “own” in the White House… Sadly I’m afraid this is going to get much much worse and much much bloodier before things will change.

  • BearEyes

    the deplorables are seriously emboldened now. They don’t have any filter anymore.
    And yes, CPAC is as racist and fascist as that. Steele is trying to rise above it , but that’s a huge pile of shit to rise above.

    • Longpole

      Remember this? In the fall of 2010, Steele launched the “Fire Pelosi Bus Tour,”
      He also apologized to rush limpdick two times.
      I don’t feel sorry for him.

  • DuaneBidoux

    Every so often a decent intelligent person who has somehow managed to wander into the slime that is modern American conservatism is surprised to find that he or she is covered in goo. What always surprises me is that they keep being surprised.

    • brined2

      conservatism is an ideal, not a color, comrade

      • clay

        American conservatism, by it’s very nature, calls for a the continuation of a racist and sexist American past and status quo.

        • brined2

          actually, it doesn’t, comrade. However, progressive icon Woodrow Wilson supported segregation and opposed women’s suffrage. FDR praised Mussolini. BJClinton’s mentor was a segregationist

          • Michael White

            actually conservatism in the USA is based on racism. Just listen to the dog whistles or bull horns in campaigns since the 1960’s. But of course you are a bot

          • brined2

            “dog whistles” is a term coined by leftists to permit the leaders to do the thinking for you

          • Dazzer

            “dog whistles” is a term coined by people who wanted a whistle to attract their dogs’ attention.

          • brined2


          • Dazzer


          • Clive Johnson

            You can’t think beyond your abysmally crude stereotypes and false notions, can you.

          • clay

            What was that you were just writing about trolls’ inability to address concepts, so they turn to attack people? “Conservatism”, not conservatives.

          • brined2

            did you find my comment offensive, comrade?

          • clay

            No, I find them useless. They seem off-target, factually in error, and self-contradictory, as if you haven’t bothered to target your audience, have chosen to ignore historical analysis in favor of trivia, and don’t even know yourself.

          • brined2

            there’s a fat man in the bathtub with the blues

          • Dazzer

            grit in the lube for your cogs there?

          • brined2

            wo bu ming bai

          • Dazzer

            This much is obvious.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith
          • ohbear1957

            Good morning, Amanda. You look gorgeous as ever!

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            Thank you, ohbear. I find if I shellac myself properly at bed time, I’m somewhat presentable early in the day. 🙂

          • Clive Johnson

            You’re confused on multiple levels.

            First, if you had any awareness of progressive thought and commentary you’d already know that Wilson is essentially never lionized by progressives or the left.

            Second, you make the mistake in believing that Wilson’s backwardness is not condemned by said progressives.

            Third, the irony of it all is that one can easily point to conservative icons who held racist and sexist views, but this isn’t, as it would be on the left, held against them.

            Your comment about Clinton commits the fallacy of guilt by association.

            Your comment about FDR would seem to suggest that perfection was a realistic ideal. And again, there’s the irony of present-day conservatives expressing support for Le Pen, AfD in Germany, Putin in Russia, etc.

          • iambu

            UGH. Thank you! His shoddy, freshmen-level, high school debate team argumentation style was actually offending me even more than the asinine content.

          • Goodboy

            You need to go all the way back to the early 20th century to find examples for the Dems. I’m surprised you didn’t go back to Lincoln being a Republican.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          There’s a lot of truth to that. While conservatism has it’s nasty elements outside the U.S., American Conservatism has a really ugly, vile streak to it.

          • brined2

            like personal responsibility……what a vile trait

          • ColdCountry

            Wait! Are you saying the Republicans are the party of personal responsibility??? The, “it’s Obama’s fault” party?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

          • clay

            What Germans call “conservative”, Americans call “liberal”.

          • zhera

            In Norway, Conservatives and Liberals are both on the right wing, politically. The Left is Labor and various Socialist parties.
            So when politicians like Obama and Hillary Clinton are called ‘hard left’ or ‘socialists’, I can’t help but laugh.

      • Clive Johnson

        Conservatism has no ideals that are coherent or worth defending.

  • Richard Rush

    Once again, CPAC has shown itself to be the
    Contemptible Political Assholes Conference.

  • Michael White

    IMO any person of color who is or works for the Guns Only Party is nothing but a token. The orange turd itself point to an African American and said look at MY black

    • brined2

      lots o’ peoples of color shooting up peoples of color in Chicago. You think they voted for the orange turd?

      • False equivalence

      • Clive Johnson

        Funny how your first impulse is to recycle this phrase about black on black crime in Chicago. I’m scratching my head as to why you might do this.

      • ColdCountry

        And what does that have to do with the conversation?

  • brined2

    beware the Russian bots. They may be lurking amongst us, attempting to sow discord and separate us from those ideals defined by the Founders

    • ColdCountry

      Yes, yes, we know. So leave, and take the rest of them with you.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Another Fascist bastard’s truth exposed. CONservatives are mentally ill.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    At this point, “why is any minority a member of the GOP?” would be the better question.

    • brined2

      they’re educated

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Oh look, a troll, how quaint.

        Edit: T reduced to t accordingly.

        • Amanda B. Rekendwith

          I suggest a lower-case t, and maybe only one l. It’s not very good.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            True, it’s not worthy of a capital T.

      • fuow

        They’re educated in which subjects?
        The proper slant to place on the eye-holes in one’s sheets?
        The best way to set a cross aflame?
        101 hangman’s knots?
        How to tie an innocent human being to the bumper of your car so they don’t come loose?
        Do tell in what matters they are educated, please, do.

  • The Professor

    Why would the audience be even remotely shocked? Have they met themselves?

  • brined2

    friends, moonbats, and patriots…’s been another wonderful morning of spirited discussion, but I have to begin a productive weekend. Best to all until next time.

    • Joe in PA

      It would be a shame if you never came back, really.

      • ColdCountry

        (I’m not sure sarcasm is a good idea with these types.)

        • Joe in PA

          Yeah, and certainly LOST on them.

    • kat

      Is this troll still around?

  • justmeeeee

    “We elected Mike Steele as chairman because he was a black guy.”


    Oh, and he was a black guy, but is he still? Run a check, why don’t ya?

  • margaretpoa

    LMAO! Why would ANYBODY be shocked about that? Because he said it out loud?:

  • #DJTK5F

    Outrageous, racist comment to be sure; but my sympathy for Steele’s personal feelings can only extend so far.

    And he wants to go talk to Grand Dragon Schlapp about it? Schlapp is a Koch brothers operative whose wife works in the Trump White (Supremacist) House. Through the generous support of the Koch brothers, Schlapp finagled a recurring analyst spot on the PBS Newshour, where he is regularly allowed to regurgitate his repugnant reactionary racist republican rhetoric in opposition to all things Obama and decent.

    Whoever is responsible for allowing him on the Newshour should be fired. Not one dime of my money will go to that organization in any year that they provide a platform for trash like that. (In past years they have had Gaggie Mallagher and Tommy Peepee to slander LGBTs and marriage equality, and they have had a parade of Trump’s deplorables from Conwoman to Comrade Carter Page. It’s probably time to let the Newshour die, and build up a solid, modern journalist with hard-hitting, incisive interrogators instead of the tired, old fluffy, frothy mushy newsreaders they currently have dying on-screen every night. #cleanhouse

  • fuow

    We know two things about Republicans:
    1) They’re racist.
    2) They always vote.
    Why on earth, then, do we let them run ruin our country?

  • ohbear1957

    I suspect at one point Steele fantasized about being the first
    African-American presidential or v.p. candidate in the party.

    What happens to a dream deferred?
    Does it dry up
    Like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a sore–
    And then run?
    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar over–
    like a syrupy sweet?
    Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.
    Or does it explode?
    ~ Langston Hughes

    • Longpole

      My man had the same problem last night. Sagging from a heavy load and yes he exploded.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I knew these people were freaking hateful in high school. How he can be a grown non-white man of his age and act so surprised is beyond me.

  • Dagoril

    As Sterling Archer says…

  • Ryan

    He’s right, though. It was obviously a response to Obama. Same reason McCain picked Palin.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      It feels like we’re in a hall of mirrors. I know for sure that the RNC is racist, but they’re trying to look non-racist and yet they declare their racism all the time. This is too hard.

      • bzrd

        the dump has given permission for their inner racism to spew out verbally 24/7
        this has been going on for over two years so how can any republikkkunt be surprised when it comes back to bite them

  • mimar

    The Ronald Reagan dinner. LMFAO

    • MBear

      Drooling required

      • mimar

        Right, MBear?

  • TexasBoy

    “I can’t believe an official of CPAC would go onstage in front of an audience and say something like that. ” (quoting Steele)

    Seriously, Mr. Steele, what more would anyone expect from CPAC? It is the GOPs most conservative, racist, hateful, self serving, and bigoted base of voters. If you didn’t realize that prior to this, then perhaps you really weren’t qualified to be RNC chair.

    • MBear

      “If you didn’t realize that prior to this, then perhaps you really weren’t qualified to be RNC chair”


  • AstroCat

    Shocked? What – that the guy said out loud what they all were thinking?

  • metrored

    Considering how they treated Steele, is Walters wrong? Michael Steele never got very much respect from the GOP when he was RNC chair. It always seemed like a case of tokenism to me.

  • M Jackson

    Doesn’t the A in CPAC stand for “awful”?

    • RJ Bone


  • FAEN

    He can’t believe someone at CPAC said that? I didn’t realize Michael Steele was that naive!!

    Just think of the shit they say about you behind your back Michael. If CPAC had its way you and the rest of the minority republicans would be wait staff.

    Stop supporting Nazi’s Michael.

    • RJ Bone

      “wait staff”

      Some wouldn’t even be that. Or alive.

  • Duh.

    Republicans were smart enough (yes that really was a thing nine years ago) to realize that it would look better to have a black man criticizing Obama on all the news shows. So they found Steele, happy to whore himself out that way. Then when he wasn’t useful any more they tossed him aside. The whole point of whores is that they will go away after you have gotten what you want from them. Everyone knew this is how it would work and I suspect Steele did to. He got his money. What he wants respect too? He was the whore, not the wife or girlfriend.

    • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

      Very well said. I would love to see someone like Joy say it this clearly. It’s still racist. It’s not the individual who said this but is a feature of the party and a disgustingly cynical one at that

  • MBear

    “… and I thought they raised them better than that here.”


    Fkn idiot

  • Elsewhere1010

    Mr. Steele apparently thought they really liked him. Mr. Walter’s is saying Mr. Steele should have remained a field hand.

  • Robincho

    Steele’s been “a strong supporter of CPAC for many years”? It’s almost as if he were born in a, oh, I dunno, maybe a LOG CABIN?…

  • Jmdintpa

    Seems to me that Michael Steele is the stupid one if he didn’t know this all along. He deserves the same treatment as the log cabin Republicans. But I feel so guilty because I know deep down inside i’d Tap that.

  • Bambino

    Like Steele did not know why he was given the position? There is no depth to these right wing racists agenda. Ben Carson, Clarence Thomas, Omarosa, Peter Thiel, LCR and many of the women in that basket are just content to be at the back of the line up knowing they won’t be the first to be thrown under the bus. But make no mistake, they are all in the same line up to the oven.

  • RainbowPhoenix
  • Gregory In Seattle

    Mind you, the audience was shocked that one of their own would actually admit to blatant racism on the record.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    I’ll just go ahead and add this to the long list of what comes to mind when I encounter one of those articles about Trump supporters feeling aggrieved at being seen as racists by those mean ol’ bad ol’ socialist ol’ terrible horrible no-good very-bad gun-grabbing urban and coastal elites.

    Extra bonus points for Steele being all shocked about it.

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  • RJ Bone

    Steele knew. I’m not entirely sure about his motivations for being surprised, but I’m tired with no caffeine and sick.

    But oh hell yes he knew.

  • Bert_Bauer

    I am clutching my pearls in shock. Now when will they admit what we already know about why Uncle Thomas was put on the bench?

    • GanymedeRenard

      Ha! I just posted something similar! Great minds and that!

  • stanhope

    Honey, it is true…Steele may have deserved it but they put him in because he is Black. Speak the truth!

  • GanymedeRenard

    What was the name of the uncle again? It begins with a ‘T’… it’s here, on the tip of my tongue…!

    • Ben in Oakland


      • GanymedeRenard

        Uncle Testicle would be a fun name for a TV show!

  • Megrim Twist

    Lie down with dogs, Mr. Steele ….

  • Relativicus

    I am not buying that anyone at CPAC was shocked to hear that, and suspect more than a few agree with it.

  • “I can’t believe an official of CPAC would go onstage in front of an audience and say something like that.“. Really?! Have you been in a coma or something?!

  • Ben in Oakland

    Mr. Steele?

    Did he tell the truth?

  • boobert

    Face it Michael, you got played!

  • sfmike64

    “Shocks audience?” Come on. We’re not that gullible or stupid.

    Oh…wait….the audience was shocked because some of them just realized Steele is black? That’s totally different.

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  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    Finally. Someone spoke the truth as CPAC. It’s an inconvenient truth, perhaps, but truth none the less.

  • Do Something Nice

    Yeah, fuck you Steele for supporting CPAC. When you sleep with dogs. . .

  • Octoberfurst

    It’s nice to know that every day the GOP reveals more and more of what a bigoted party it is.They used to try to hide their racism but now that Trump is on office the gloves are off! I’m waiting for the day they say the “N” word openly.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    I am sickened by this horrifying, senseless incident. Sending farts and pears.

  • James

    Minorities are the useful idiots the GOP uses to try to further its agenda. Why do they still not get it?

  • Being a black Republican in the age of Trump makes as much sense as buying a case of these cookies and expecting them to taste good.

  • Richard

    ” but I think it’s painfully stupid what he said,” Steele told Observer.” Why is it “stupid” ? Sounds like a Republican blurting out the truth and Steele should recognize that. How can any person of color feel comfortable in the GOP?

  • sacrob

    Hmmm. The Repugnicans did in fact very apparently pick Steele as their party leader as a response to Barack Obama’s win in 2008, at least in part. That move strikes me, as it struck me at the time, as cynical if not also racist. But merely pointing this out is not racist; it is being truthful. Jesus Christ.

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