Steele Battles CPAC Head Over Racist Comment

As I reported earlier today, last night CPAC communications director Ian Walters drew gasps from the audience when he declared that Michael Steele had only been elected RNC chairman because he is black. This afternoon Steele got into it with CPAC head Matt Schlapp, who told Steele he need to “have some grace” over the insult. As you’ll see in the clip below, Steele wasn’t having it.

Mediaite reports:

An incensed Steele told Schlapp that it continues to dismay him to see people in the GOP saying things like this. Schlapp acknowledged it was not a great moment, but he argued out to Steele that he’s taken his share of potshots at Republicans and that maybe there were other issues people had with his chairman ship.

Steele responded, ‘What the hell does my race have to do with any of that, at the end of the day? What does the color of my skin have to do with anything you just said?”

When Schlapp made it clear Walters used “unfortunate words,” Steele lit up again and said, “It was stupid, not unfortunate! Call it what it is! It is stupid to sit there and say we elected a black man a chairman of the party and that was a mistake. Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

  • bkmn

    No “Infighting is Funny” tag? Come on Joe!

  • Sean Taylor

    it sounds like the truth to the black community…finally

  • Nic Peterson

    It sounds exactly like something that a GOPer would say Mike. Did you think they respected you for your mind or talent?

    • clay

      After how they had Reince neuter the port-mortem, why would anyone think they respected Steele’s mind or talent?

  • Stogiebear

    Goodness. Big Macs on AF One and “They Eat Their Own” at CPAC. What next?

  • ColdCountry

    “Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

    Sounds pretty honest, I’d say.

    • Strepsi
    • David L. Caster

      Honest in the sense that it reflects how the GOP would prefer to keep its true intentions and racist mindset hidden from view.

      • ColdCountry

        I don’t think they care anymore, tbh.

        • David L. Caster

          Apparently they don’t have to.

          • ColdCountry

            Let’s hope the next few elections prove them very wrong.

    • normadesmond

      Uh, do you know how to sounds to EVERY community?

      • ColdCountry

        ‘Bout the same….

  • bkmn
    • Treant

      Reminder: Semen spurts out at 20 miles an hour.

      Be careful.

      • Robincho

        Roy Moore can tell you it’s only 10 in school zones…

        • Treant

          ‘Round here, you’re allowed to spurt at 15 in some school zones.

  • CraigNJ

    So much for the “Big Tent”

    • clay

      What the fuck was the point of Steele’s “big tent” when the platform in the middle was still so fucking small?

  • goofy_joe

    I’m pretty sure the wording used was the most honest for the party.

    • ClevelandJim

      Yep. I’m only surprised that there were actually gasps from members of the audience. Surely they were gasps of the “he just totally outted us” variety, and not the “what a racist thing to say” variety.

      • jmax

        And scattered among the gasps I’m betting there were nodding heads and quiet applause.

        • ClevelandJim


    • clay

      It was, after all, CPAC’s Director of Communications.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Lie down with dogs, etc. and so forth.

  • bkmn
    • Nic Peterson

      Sorry about her luck in the sack. Keep trying?

      • JCF

        If your sex life is better than Mueller…you better be banging Mueller! ;-p

    • Gerry Fisher

      It’s certainly been great foreplay this past year. Let’s hope he finishes with a bang.

      • zhera

        The edging is getting on my nerves, though. I want the big climax!

      • Andymac3

        So much foreplay, too much foreplay, no really, too much.

        • Cipher

          As long as he hasn’t shot his wad yet…

    • narutomania

      “pound for pound” (ha) Nice visual.

    • not a user 220000

      Then I fear you might have been engaging in sexual experiences with the wrong people, Ms Ryan! 🙂

    • Steven Jaeger

      I too feel to some extent that everytime he releases, I get a orgasm of emotional release, because we’re that much closer to an end to this national nightmare.

  • The Sentinel

    Racists really hate being called racist.

    • tbj5

      “It’s unfortunate you misunderstood my words as being racist.”

  • Lazycrockett

    The GOP doesn’t care bout black people.

    • Tawreos

      That’s not true. They care very deeply about keeping them oppressed, keeping as many of them as possible in prison and using them to make their poor white voters feel like they are better than someone and can blame all of their problems on the wrong group of people.

  • Phil2u

    So why does Michael Steele not realize the bed of vipers (“noeud de viperes”) he has crawled into and crawl right back out?

    • David L. Caster

      Too late he realized he had been bitten.

  • another_steve

    Forgive my bluntness here: If Michael Steele continues to identify as a Republican and vote Republican, he deserves every bit of bigotry and hate thrown his way by his party.

    • Sam_Handwich

      sitting on the fence is his bread and butter

      • Prost Seattle

        I read that as ‘face’. I think Todd20036 is having an influence on me.

        • Tawreos

          Everyone needs a good influence in their lives =)

    • kiprian

      Remember, he is a Maryland Republican, which looks more like a heartland democrat that anything else. Yes, I think that he believes in the Republican party of a far different time. Yes, I think that it is a lost cause. But it is really hard to give up.

      • Kruhn

        Dan Bongino was also a Maryland Republican and what a POS he is!

        • kiprian

          Oh yeah! I used to shake my head when I saw his posters on the Parkway.

      • another_steve

        I’m a Maryland resident and have been horrified by the Republican Party’s resurgence here. We currently have a Republican governor who’s very popular and whose reelection is assured.

        In Howard County – one of Maryland’s more progressive counties – there’s currently a Republican county executive. He’s an ally of the LGBT community (when he served in the State House he bravely advocated for marriage equality when the issue was being debated there), but a Republican nevertheless. A member of the party of Donald Trump.

        Maryland is a fucked-up state, politically speaking. A lingering result, I think, of its very dysfunctional and fucked-up status during the American Civil War.

        • Guy Johnson

          I pastored in Carroll County. It was quite an experience.

          • another_steve

            Love to you, babe. My husband and I have friends in Westminster.

            Friends in “Maryland recovery.”

        • Dayglo

          Yep, I grew up just outside of scenic Ellicott City. Maryland has an odd relationship with it’s Republican governor who skews moderate in order to survive politically. He’s consistently ignored Baltimore’s concerns.

  • Treant

    And yet Steele remains. Points for schlapping Schlapp, but no points for staying with the racists.

    • JD

      He should call out Schlapp for the lineup including M le Pen and holding up the worst as a flag to rally round for power. Shame on all of them.

    • Droz

      Should be negative points for staying in the party.

    • clay

      It sounds to me more like he Steele was intending it as a criticism of CPAC’s hiring, and that he’s surprised they didn’t get a non-CPACer for Communications.

  • Frostbite

    He’s surprised? Really? Then he’s clueless. Because that’s exactly why they put him in his place.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I think he’s like most Republicans that this is all tolerable as long as it isn’t spoken out loud so bluntly.

  • GanymedeRenard

    I just remembered! TOM is the name of the uncle!

  • Bluto

    Whitesplaining racism to the black man, lol.

    • zhera

      “Show some grace while we call you a n***er. Don’t be a whiny snowflake.”


    • CanuckDon

      And ya don’t get much whiter than Matt Schlapp. I made it to about the 45 second mark and couldn’t take any more of that smarmy ass-kissing and sniveling insincerity.

  • Zero pity for Steele. Sorry, Negro. You bought into this, you own it. And that makes you even more stupid than the Klanmen who used you as cover. Suck it.

  • ClevelandJim

    “If we take race out of it…” seriously Matt Schlapp? We’re talking about CPAC and the GOP! Wow, for someone who loves his black friend Steele, Schlapp is one HELL of an apologist for his racist friend Ian.

    • clay

      Not “racist friend”, but “racist employee” or “racist appointee”. Schlapp’s this Director of Communications’ boss.

      • ClevelandJim

        True, but Schlapp claimed them both as friends who he loves in the clip.

  • Sam_Handwich

    omg this pasty old closet case needs a knuckle handwich

  • Mike C

    “Do you know how that sounds to the Black community?”
    You damn well know he does.

  • JWC

    Oh Lordy has the GOP been caught in an expression of Tokenism?

  • Gerry Fisher

    >CPAC head Matt Schlapp, who told Steele he need to “have some grace” over the insult

    Jeez, Michael, I don’t know what the hell you thought you were accomplishing in that party, but it failed. Get the hell out.

    >Do you know how that sounds to the black community?

    Like the unvarnished truth?

    • Tawreos

      The only accomplishment he had was letting the GOP pretend they weren’t racist shitbags for a bit.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    That Steele still wants to believe in the RNC when not one, but two appointed voiceboxes racially exploit him, suggests Steele might not have gotten the memo yet that he’s in the wrong party.

    You can’t save ‘stupid bigots’, Michael.

  • narutomania

    I am with you in your outrage, Mr Steele. 100%. But let’s substitute the word “lesbian” for “black” in your outrage and then let’s try this again.

    Or substitute “gay”. Or “transgender”. Or …. anything arbitrary, really.

    And then again I’ll ask: where’s your outrage for those designations, Mr Steele?

  • margaretpoa

    A black Republican, a female Republican, a Latino Republicans or LGBTQ Republican are all the same: idiots who are fully supportive of their own oppression.

  • Henry Auvil

    NRA. CPAC. It’s delicious watching these vile institutions start to crumble.

  • bkmn

    First you have the intolerant assholes,

    Then you have the accepting liberals.

  • Kelly Lape

    “Fighting the good fight” – Michael when you align with racists for political power you’re not fighting “the good fight” – You’re fighting FOR evil. Every Republican voter is fighting for racism. Period. Full stop.

  • Stogiebear

    “It was stupid, not unfortunate! Call it what it is! It is stupid to sit there and say we elected a black man a chairman of the party and that was a mistake. Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

    I don’t even read this as Michael Steele being upset at what the speaker said being racist. He’s upset that Walters spoke the “stupid” words out loud and in public, thereby casting a shadow on the GOP. The racism is just fine with him.

    • Treant

      It does sound like it. Still, at least he’s offended that others will be offended and that might cost some support.

      I guess it’s a start.

  • Whiteys! SMH!

  • billbear1961

    O/T: THIS is what Americans are counting on to save their democracy: a system still as flawed as it was in 2016! That there are NO protests–substantial and sustained from ANY quarter, the public, the press, or the politicians–tells me the Republic has no REAL defenders.

    Voting Systems Are Still Far from Safe

    In case we did not already have enough of them, a new threat to election security has now come to light. For years, the manufacturers of voting machines have been saying that the machines are safe because they are not connected to the Internet. But closer examination shows that the machines and the voting system as a whole are still very vulnerable. Many voting machines are indeed not connected to the Internet, but they contain internal telephone modems so they can call city and county election centers and report their results. These modems use the telephone system—often the cellular telephone system—and that makes them just as vulnerable to Russian or other hacking as if they were on the Internet.

    Why? First of all, if there is a modem used to call out, it is possible that a hacker could also find a way to call in, log onto the voting machine (which after all, is just a computer with a touch screen, like a big iPad). Manufacturers say this can’t be done, but most experts don’t agree. A hacker who logged in could change totals without any fear of being detected. In fact, even if a hacker didn’t change anything but simply caused a message to appear on the screen (or somewhere it could be found) reading: “Greetings from Boris Botski,” it would wreak havoc by making it clear that a (Russian) hacker got in, thus undermining faith in the election, even if nothing were changed.

    A second problem is that some voting machines call city or county offices on the cellular network. For administrators, this is much easier since they don’t have to connect a landline to each machine, of which there could be dozens in a big polling place. Here, a hacker with a large-enough budget and a fair amount of expertise (think: the Russian government, not some 400-pound kid sitting on his bed), could erect a fake cellular station near selected polling places. When the voting machines turned on their modems to call home, the calls would be picked up by the fake cell towers rather than the real ones. The software in those towers could modify results before forwarding them to the place they were supposed to go. Needless to say, the manufacturers pooh-pooh this idea, but experts are far from sure.

    Third, once all the polling places have reported up one level, the totals typically get sent to county and state elections centers. Those computers are most definitely on the Internet, and could be penetrated and malware placed on them that could alter results.

    Finally, these hacks affect only the election totals. The method the Russians used in 2016 was different. They penetrated the voter database systems. Potentially, a hacker who got in there could eliminate voters from the rolls in precincts known to heavily favor the party the hacker was trying to damage. When those voters showed up to vote, they would be told they couldn’t vote. That is almost as good as erasing that person’s vote after it is cast. In theory, such voters can cast provisional ballots, but that is only possible if the voter knows this and demands it. In some cases, the voter is then required to go to the county registrar within a few days with proof of eligibility. For busy people, many of them may not bother.

    In short, we still have a big problem and it is inconceivable it will be solved before the 2018 elections. It will only be solved before 2020 if election officials come to believe there is a big problem and legislators decide to appropriate money to fix the problem. Don’t hold your breath.

    • SoCalGal20

      Trump and Paul Ryan just fired the GOP guy that was in charge of the commission that oversees safeguarding elections and put in place a guy who thinks Russian meddling was a hoax.

      Also a NC judge just ruled that NC has to use the electronic voting system that got hacked in 2016.

      Happy midterms!

      • billbear1961

        And Americans do NOTHING about this–they just sit and take it.

        This, when combined with the efforts of the right’s tireless media LIE machine and most of the rest of the MSM’s habitual failure to bring forward the readily available facts that PROVE what bald-faced liars and democracy-destroying frauds the GOP are, is why I remain pessimistic about the future. The brightest ray of light has been the remarkable and valiant work of the gun-control kids, but it remains to be seen if the press and the public will continue to back these TRUE Americans or if they will eventually abandon them, as they abandoned the parents of the kids butchered at Sandy Hook, to the right’s vicious SLANDERS. On THIS front, so far, so good—but the battle is by no means over and won by the forces of progress, of sanity, decency and genuine democracy.

  • DaddyRay

    Michael don’t you understand, you just have to not be black

  • Michael R
    • narutomania

      Things are really heating up in this final round of the Feline Patty-cake Championship. Truly riveting!

  • Dana Chilton

    And from the start the “I’m not a racist” trope gets trotted out. The incredibly racist comment somehow becomes steels problem and when he says anything contrary to that he’s being unreasonable and playing the race card. If only steel would realize his party of 40 years ago is gone and leave the GOP

  • JWC

    Wake up Michael A party that is still smarting and madder than hell over enduring a black president for the past 8 years is going to let the occasional ‘black slur” slip They are a party of old white men Accept that or get out

  • Jerry Kott

    It is never THEM. No one can flip pancakes as fast as the spox can flip your words. They want everyone to turn the other cheek until their heads are spinning.

  • Tawreos

    Why did Steele call the comments stupid instead of what they were, which is racist?

    • Gustav2

      Because he is still an enabler

  • Joe in PA

    So when do we get to hear Ben Carson weigh in on this?

  • Blobby

    Boo-fucking-Hoo, Michael. You supported – nay, headed – an organization that outwardly behaved like this. Even behind closed doors they did – and you were behind those doors. Now they don’t have to hide their hate, and you have to live with endorsing them for your entire career. I feel not one iota of sympathy for you.

    • Gustav2

      Now? Now he sees the light?

  • greenmanTN

    I’ve seen Steele on MSNBC many times and I don’t dislike him, but I do wonder how any sentient being, especially a member of a minority, can claim allegiance to today’s Republican Party. An exaggeration perhaps but it’s kind of like Jews For Hitler.

    • jmax

      It was fine when Republicans and their president were making racist attacks on Obama and Muslims and other minorities, but now Steele is upset because they said something about him. He’s a perfect Republican.

      • Ninja0980

        Same with Mia Love.
        When Trump was insulting blacks from other countries, that was okay.
        When Trump attacked Haiti, where her family was from, that was a whole different story.

        • David L. Caster

          Once again illustrating that a Republican is numb to injustice until it strikes close to home.

          • Steverino

            Ideological tribalism is like that.

      • Gerald Parks

        True THAT!

    • GayOldLady

      It will be interesting to see if this is a wakeup call for him. And it’s analogues to the Log Cabinettes still holding membership in the GOP even as every party platform, State and National, seeks to destroy marriage equality and any parity in the law for the LGBT community.

      • Joe in PA

        I doubt that this will be a “wakeup”. Sadly. He’s making too much money being on the networks showing his outrage over stuff Trump is doing (because it’s news apparently if a R says it).

        And yeah, I was wondering what would happen if a LCR was similarly “caught”. I doubt this would even be a story (hint: it’s still ok to be a homophobe).

        • GayOldLady

          Chris Matthews loves him and I dislike both of them. I wish MSNBC would can Matthews

          • Joe in PA

            Yes! I really am surprised he’s still there.

          • David L. Caster

            Matthews sometimes interviews people as if he were working for Fox.

          • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

            Interrupts constantly and won’t shut the fuck up.

          • Ron Robertson

            Yes, definitely like Fox, deeply ignorant or worse, ignoring the issues.

          • wds

            Sadly, Tweety Bird is long past his use-by date. But he must still be bringing the revenue in … SMH

      • Ninja0980

        It won’t be IMO.
        The Republican Party made clear long ago how they felt about the black community.
        If he hasn’t left before, he won’t now.

    • Tawreos

      Because they still believe it will be other members of their minority group that will suffer from the GOP policies and not they themselves.

    • Strepsi

      Well there are two words for it, and those words are “Uncle Tom”.

      The GOP was wildly racist against the President and his family for 8 years while Steele was there, but now it’s aimed at HIM he cares?! Go piss up a rope.

      • Todd20036

        Yup. All minorities have their quislings. There’s no “good guy” in the situation.

        Steele can go fuck himself.

      • I always like the term “Oreo”–black on the outside, white on the inside. Within POC communities, I think my favorite is “popcorn,” where someon turns white under heat and pressure 🙂

        In our Native American community, the mostcommon term is “Apple” (as in red on the outside, white on the inside,” and less commonly, “Uncle Tom-myhawk,” and “Hang Around the Fort-er.”

    • Steven B

      As well as to such as an extreme organization as CPAC.

    • Gerald Parks

      Yep …what you said is pretty accurate!

    • cleos_mom

      I agree with him on the “not ‘unfortunate’; it’s stupid” part. But really — it’s the Republican Party FGS, what else did he expect?

      • greenmanTN

        It’s the Panthers Eating Faces Party, then someone says “I can’t believe that panther just ate my face!” They told what they were but now you’re surprised?!

        I’m a movie nerd so I can’t help it, but here’s Simone Simon in Cat People, as a were-panther.

    • Buford

      I think is just shows how far things have shifted. MSNBC… which is still (inaccurately) described as the Fox News of the left… has hired Republicans like Joe Scarborough, Nicole Wallace, Steve Schmidt, Bill Kristol, Michael Steele, and others, and all of them rightly criticize Trump and his sycophants in Congress.

  • safari
    • Cuberly Deux

      The miracle of automation algorithms exploited yet again.

      Fuck Zuckerberg.

      • Reality.Bites

        You know Canada and the US essentially treat internet content like publishing, not broadcasting. There is no attempt to regulate content or advertising beyond the general laws on obscenity, hate speech (where applicable), etc. Netflix and Amazon Prime don’t have any content requirements or licenses like traditional broadcasters. I believe (but haven’t researched) that’s the case in many countries

        What Zuckerberg has done, in fact, is ensure the increased regulation of the internet in the future.

        • Cuberly Deux

          It’s a personal data monetization platform that they’re desperately throwing bandaids at to fix it’s numerous flaws… they continue to monetize data from the most dangerous, darkest and nastiest corners of the web.

          It’s poorly designed, and disastrously managed. Yep, I wouldn’t be surprised if some kind of accountability controls are thrown their way in the next few years if not sooner.

          • David L. Caster

            Maybe, but I’m not hopeful.

          • Cuberly Deux

            I forget which JMGer said it but it was a good point. Most social media platforms like FB have had a lifespan of 10 years or so before they’re replaced by something else. Think MySpace.

            It’s a valid point and it has been a trend, but I’m not sure it’ll be the case with FB. If I ventured a crystal ball prediction I’d say FB will become less relevant out of necessity. They’ll reach a point where the fuckups finally begin to result in measurable damage to the company.

          • David L. Caster

            There is that. The reality is that FB is a public company with a billion or so strong user base. Those eyes are going to be extremely valuable to commercial interests.

            FB is a one-trick pony: a giant chat room on steroids. As long as that single trick is commercially interesting and exploitable it will stay in business. As a conduit for information, it will continue to be used for purposes both good and bad. And as long as it is in business and at its scale, it will be.

            There is nothing we can do to avoid having to understand our world or think critically. Nothing external will save us from ourselves and no automata will come to our rescue. We alone can guard ourselves from misinformation and evil influences.

  • DaddyRay

    Someone needs to ask Michael Steele what is it exactly about the Republican party that makes him think he is a Republican

    • clay

      “financial self-sufficiency”

      (children and persons with disabilities need not apply)

  • zhera

    ““It was stupid, not unfortunate! Call it what it is! It is stupid to sit there and say we elected a black man a chairman of the party and that was a mistake. Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

    Michael Steele pretends he cares about the black community. How much did he care when he was head of NRA?

  • Kruhn

    Michael Steele should quit his Republican Party until said time they stop having racists in charge. You’ve been tokenized despite the fact that you led your party to an impressive midterm victory.

    They’re just not into you Michael.

  • Bambino
  • kareemachan

    And welcome to the continuing efforts of the repugs to embrace the black community.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Michael Steele, your comments are why whenever I used to see you on Jon Stewart, I would think…

    This guy is only here and only where he is because he is black.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
  • SoCalGal20

    Meh, Michael Steele is complicit. He doesn’t call the comments out as racist and he hasn’t left the Republican party. He’s an apologist.

  • Reality.Bites

    Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

    Yes, he does. You should have known it 20 years ago.

  • Bambino
    • Silver Badger

      My late partner used to call these people oreo’s. Black on the outside and white on the inside.

      • Bambino

        Yes I heard the term egg and banana too. Yellow on the inside white on the outside and vice versa.

        • Silver Badger

          He referred to himself as an apple. Red on the outside and white on the inside. I always felt that his Nebraska foster parents totally destroyed his self image.

  • Hank

    Matt Schlapp….


    • Tawreos

      Pro tip: To save yourself time when typing leave off the racist asshole and type “(R)” after a name everyone will know what you mean. =)

      • Hank

        Agreed, but after watching the interview my ANGER was up, and I wanted to vent appropriately!!! When you are a minority, racial, religious, sexual, some things do NOT sit well.

  • SoCalGal20

    I was wondering if we’d start hearing more about the European political connections that came out in the new Manafort charges.

  • Lazycrockett
  • JWC

    Or another consideration What if this is a ploy between Steele and the GOP to deflect and confuse the general trend and maybe in the end benefit Steele “Me doth think the lady protest too much”

    • Joe in PA

      Hmmm, maybe…but I think it’s an effort for Steele to stay relevant (and in the news). Hey those TV rates don’t raise themselves. Or something.

      • JWC

        A tad like Gavin Newsom but still somewhat orchestrated

  • Lazycrockett
  • DaddyRay
    • GanymedeRenard

      My gawd, my dirty mind saw that pic as a circle jerk! No, really!

    • DaddyRay

      The obvious solution is they have to be scheduled for a sex change operation

    • Silver Badger

      Another Russian hack?

    • jmax

      Too much steroids made those women look really masculine.

  • boobert

    WOW !!!! Why didn’t he just tell him to be a good n—-r and sit in the back of the bus!

    • TJay229

      You heard that too. 🤨

  • SoCalGal20
    • Lazycrockett

      I would not be surprised to learn that the Drumpf Organization is nothing more than a Putin Money Laundering Front. Not just here and there but the entire business.

      • SoCalGal20

        Definitely the Panama Tower was nothing but a money laundering operation.

      • BearEyes

        I’ve long thought of the tRump mafia family as engaged in money laundering through real estate

    • Reality.Bites

      Note to Ecuadorian embassy staff in London:

      Then the owners group killed the power to the room – disabling the hotel’s phones and internet

    • Leo

      Way too much many subplots being missed with everything going on. Thanks for posting this.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Bryan

      News flash?

    • zhera

      It’s only a problem when Steele personally is the target for racism. Up until now he never had a problem with it. In that sense, he’s a true Republican!

    • DoctorDJ

      So why do you keep supporting the bigots?

    • TrollopeReader

      i think he could soon be joining his fellow former Rs on msnbc as just that … a former R ….

  • justmeeeee

    Michael, Michael, Dear Michael, you must learn: your day has passed. Rethugs are no longer interested in pretending to care about dark skinned people, so you are of no use to them anymore.

  • Tomcat

    Steel looks like he wants to hit the NAZI in the mug, too bad he did not.

    • Lazycrockett

      Schlapp is a fucking asshole. I want to throw heavy objects at the tv when he is on it.

    • Steven Jaeger

      I initially felt compassion towards Steele, then I remember he’s the Uncle Tom here. NO COMPASSION for him, these days my compassion bucket is on it’s last milliliters. Too many things to feel for people who legitimately need it. LIke kids mowed down by nut cases supported by the NRA / RNC.

  • Michael R
  • Kevin Andrews

    Nothing could be more descriptive of the Fascist Zionist bigoted RNC than this CPAC racist exposure.

  • BeaverTales

    I think that most of the black community agrees with Walters. Steele is a classic house negro whose internal validation comes from the beneficence of his Massa, not from his own community. Poor schlub broke a barrier that no one cared about except the folks in the GOP who wanted to use tokenism to prove they aren’t racists.

  • TrollopeReader

    Schlapp needs to be slapped….
    (also his wife works in the White House)

  • Ninja0980

    He knows how it sounds to the black community and so did the guy saying it.
    The Republicans just don’t give a damn anymore.

    • Hank

      They NEVER really did!!!

  • Mark McGovern

    Wow that whole thing is worth listening to.

  • David Walker
  • TJay229

    I view POC Conservatives as I do Gay Conservatives ,A bunch of idiots.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Lie with racist dogs, get bit by racist fleas.

    Sorry, no sympathy will be afforded to you Mr. Steele, you knew what the party was and chose to be part of it anyway.


    Does anyone else gaydar go off when Schlapp talks… Wouldn’t surprise me, as it seems a lot of people who are the most offensive often seem to have something to hide.

    • Sam_Handwich

      check the craigs list m4m ads!

      • Steven Jaeger

        I remember someone checking that at one of the prior CPAC /RNC convention sites and found a ton of ‘geographic bachelors’ at the convention trying to get nasty with others, mostly with men.

  • 1980Gardener

    I don’t understand the outrage.

    Isn’t electing Steele because he is black no different than affirmative action or other similar programs?

    • jpinphx

      You should be asking why those programs exist in the first place.

      • 1980Gardener

        I often do.

        • jpinphx

          Why do you think it was put in place?

          • 1980Gardener

            by “it” are you referring to affirmative action or the decision to elevate Steele? Or both?

          • jpinphx

            it, as in affirmative action.

          • 1980Gardener

            It was put into place to assist individuals obtain educational opportunities who, by virtue of their race, experienced past and/or current discrimination.

            Today, it continues to include that original purpose to a degree, but also exists to increase diversity as a public and organization good.

          • jpinphx

            I think you’re missing my point. If it was a mistake because he wasn’t experienced enough (or any other reason aside from color) the director could have said that, but he chose to point out “a black guy”, like his skin color was the reason for the mistake is why people are outraged. You don’t get jobs you are unqualified for under affirmative action just because you are a protected class. In addition…an affirmative action plan has to be “applied” to an institution, organization or a company, otherwise its covered under title VI and VII. Believe me, if I had an opportunity to have a conversation with Steele about some of the policies he’s supported, I’d have a lot to say, but because he’s black would not be a reason to discount his qualifications to hold the position he did, and neither should the director. ugh.. can’t believe I’m supporting Steele in this.

          • 1980Gardener

            “I think you’re missing my point. If it was a mistake because he wasn’t experienced enough (or any other reason aside from color) the director could have said that, but he chose to point out “a black guy”, like his skin color was the reason for the mistake is why people are outraged.”

            – That may be his reason, but I viewed it quite differently. Obviously 😉 I viewed his statement as a complaint that he was chosen because he was black, and not that being black has anything to do with his subpar performance.

            “You don’t get jobs you are unqualified for under affirmative action just because you are a protected class.”

            – That has not been my experience.

            “Believe me, if I had an opportunity to have a conversation with Steele about some of the policies he’s supported, I’d have a lot to say, but because he’s black would not be a reason to discount his qualifications to hold the position he did, and neither should the director. ugh.. can’t believe I’m supporting Steele in this.”

            – I’m neither attacking nor supporting Steele. I personally have no issue with him.

          • 1980Gardener

            I’m on my way offline, so may not see any response until Monday or later.

            have a nice rest of your weekend.

        • Wisterley

          Um. History?

          • 1980Gardener


          • Wisterley

            The history of the country. Slavery, Jim Crow, massive racial disadvantage built into the system… that kind of thing.

          • 1980Gardener

            What exactly are you asking for? Do you not know the history of the country?

          • Wisterley

            You seem to be suggesting that there is no place for affirmative action. I’m suggesting that there is. Because history.

          • 1980Gardener

            I’m not sure why you think I suggested that.

            What I did in fact suggest is that the need for race-based affirmative action may have lapsed. Rather, opportunity constraints due to location and income are becoming more pertinent and bigger and more important challenges for education.

            “Because history” is not an argument that affirmative action as we know it today remains necessary.

          • Wisterley

            Did I misread you? Sorry. What I meant was that so long as the systemic inequalities faced by black citizens remain so firmly, and insidiously, entrenched there will be a need for measures to try to counterbalance those forces. And yes, history, because the US – where I live – has never faced its history of slavery with any honesty. Or generosity of heart. But as long as we have the legacy system in our top universities, and as long as Jared Kushner’s father can in essence buy him a place at Princeton, then I think that we need to help those who have been shut out for most of our history. When a class of persons are denied the means of acquiring wealth as has been done with black Americans then I think we need to continue to offer help. Perhaps your ideas are more effective, open, and accessible – and did I mention effective – all of which we could sure use to continue to make our efforts useful. Because in the long run, I think we all stand to benefit when we help talented black kids get an education.

      • 1980Gardener

        why? Will that explain why people are outraged that the GOP elevated a person due to, in part, skin color?

        • jpinphx

          To clarify… I was pointing out that yes, there is a difference between affirmative action which was put in place for specific and needed reasons and the GOP electing a black leader. Had they picked a log cabin republican and the director said “picking a gay guy was a mistake”, would you understand the outrage? If a mistake was made in picking Steele, what did his skin color have to do with it? The fact that he made color the point is the reason for outrage.

          • 1980Gardener

            “I was pointing out that yes, there is a difference between affirmative action which was put in place for specific and needed reasons and the GOP electing a black leader.”

            – I don’t see a material difference. A goal of affirmative action is to increase diversity for the benefit of an organization. That is exactly what the GOP did here – elevate a diverse individual to benefit the organization.

            “Had they picked a log cabin republican and the director said “picking a gay guy was a mistake”, would you understand the outrage?”

            – No, it would be a mistake to pick someone solely because they are gay, even if the goal was to increase diversity. Increasing diversity, alone, should not be the primary factor in promoting an individual.

            “If a mistake was made in picking Steele, what did his skin color have to do with it?”

            – If he was picked in part due to his skin color (such as in affirmative action), then his skin color (as one reason he was picked) is relevant.

  • Anti Russian American

    They don’t want your kind Steele

  • Richard

    The truth hurts Michael? The Republican party would like everyone to think they aren’t racist…but they are.

  • rcdcr

    Steele, YOU are culpable in this.

    Cuz, “you joined the gang, man.”

    Y’know what I was thinking about today? I was thinking ’bout those street gangs they had down in Los Angeles, those Crips and those Bloods? I was thinking about that buncha new laws they came up with, in the 1980’s I think it was, to combat those street-gangs, those Crips and those Bloods. And, if I remember rightly, the gist of what those new laws were saying was if you join one of these gangs, and you’re running with ’em, and down the block one night, unbeknownst to you, one of your fellow Crips, or your fellow Bloods, shoot up a place, or stab a guy, well then, even though you didn’t know nothing about it, and even though you may’ve just been standing on a streetcorner minding your own business, what these new laws said was you’re still culpable. You’re still culpable, by the very act of joining those Crips, or those Bloods, in the first place. Which got me thinking, Father, that whole type of situation is kinda like your Church boys, ain’t it? You’ve got your colors, you’ve got your clubhouse, you’re, for want of a better word, a gang. And if you’re upstairs smoking a pipe and reading a bible while one of your fellow gang members is downstairs fucking an altar boy then, Father, just like those Crips, and just like those Bloods, you’re culpable. Cos you joined the gang, man. And I don’t care if you never did shit or you never saw shit or you never heard shit. You joined the gang. You’re culpable. And when a person is culpable to altar-boy-fucking, or any kinda boy-fucking, I know you guys didn’t really narrow that down, then they kinda forfeit the right to come into my house and say anything about me, or my life, or my daughter, or my billboards. So, why don’t you just finish your tea there, Father, and get the fuck outta my kitchen.
    ~Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

  • R W C

    The modern Republican Party has been built on a ‘race problem’ they have no intention in correcting.

    • andrew

      Yep. It’s the main that the overwhelming majority of Senators and Representatives from the Southern and Border States are Republicans.

  • whollyfool

    Wow. That was absolutely unbelievable. I guess it’s not just Trump that has that level of…. gall? Disingenuity? I can’t find a word for it.

  • 1980Gardener

    So the GOP practices affirmative action.

    • jpinphx

      Not so much affirmative action but as a way to give the illusion that they aren’t racists.

    • stevenj


  • Wisterley

    Do you know how it sounds to the white community/! Schlapp him silly, Michael. Okay. Silli-er. And maybe now Chris Matthews will stop having him as a guest ‘expert’ on the hilariously mis-named Hardball.

  • Davester

    Conservatives eating their own young. Never pretty.

    • Dazzer


      Give me a couple of bottles of Macon Villages and some above par smoked salmon canapes and I can watch them doing it for endless hours.

  • John T

    I somehow ended up listening to his satellite radio show a couple months ago and it took me a while to realize that he was *that* Michael Steele, because he sounded too reasonable and level headed (even if I wasn’t agreeing with him) to be a Republican. No wonder his party marginalized him after they decided he wasn’t useful anymore.

    • infmom

      I really enjoyed his contributions to the Rachel Maddow show while he was still in office and afterwards. One of the very few remaining Republicans who can actually think. It’s time for him to switch parties.

      • whollyfool

        He might be thinking the same thing. A lot of Republicans seem to be realizing that.

  • Max_1

    Not all Republicans are racist, KKK, Nazi, Russian collaborators…
    … Just that all the racist, KKK, Nazi, Russian collaborators happen to be Republican.

  • EdA

    Only NOW is Michael Steele realizing that 21st century Republiscum have nothing but contempt for the majority of Americans (ethnic and/or religious minorities and/or women and/or non-straight Americans)??????

  • Jack

    “Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

    Like something they’ve heard before. Daily.

    Do you know how you LOOK to the black community? Republicans have nothing for you.

  • #DJTK5F

    Schlapp: “Steele, the Republican party hired you to be a dishwasher, and you thought you were a chef. We regret the confusion.”

    Let’s be blunt then, Schlapp. The only reason your Latina wife, Mercedes Viana, daughter of a Cuban refugee (i.e. espalda mojada), is working in the White House is because they want to pretend to have a little diversity. She’s just a box they can tick and say “We have Hissssspanix workin’ in the Trump Administration!” Not because of any ability, or experience, or expertise that she may have, but only as a quota fulfillment. And she wouldn’t have even gotten the time of day in THAT capacity if she hadn’t been married to you, a pasty white Koch flunky.

    Now, you really just should accept this assessment gracefully and go back to sucking Koch.

    REPEAT: Matt Schlapp is regularly engaged by the PBS Newshour as a commentator. Withhold your contributions to public television until his presence on the program ceases, and those responsible for his engagement are identified and held accountable.

  • Max_1

    When your fill in the blank moment of, “He wasn’t good at his job because…” is (because he was black)… It could be that your foundational point of view about a person’s race, bothers you.

    When you sit there and call it inarticulate and “he doesn’t mean that”…
    … You’re failing to recognize that people who aren’t racists never judge a person by their skin color, instead by their ability.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    What do you expect when you’re black and you join a racist organization.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Michael Steele is as stupid as Matt Schlapp. Black people and gay people have no business being associated with a racist organization. Steele has been a republican for over 40 years. He obviously is a slow learner. Stupidly slow. I do not feel his pain.

  • KevInPDX

    Now you know how they really feel about you Michael. I’d say the fans of Bill Mahers “Real Time with BM” show (he appears on the show often and is an excellent panelist for conservative slot) like him one hell of a lot more than the GOP ever did.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    In addition to the “bar test”, I also sometimes utilize the “couch on the porch and a bottle of moonshine” test. Take the thumb pic from the video in the article, take a good long look at Schlapp’s face, and imagine him on his couch, rifle in his lap, listening to some uppity ni[CLANG].

    Takes little imagination.

  • Babaloo

    Michael Steele is the equivalent of a quisling who got shot by the Nazis and Matt Shlapp is nothing but a racist since he can’t even call it out when it so damn blatant.

  • Ron Romero

    Schlapp is so desperate to not offend the white supremacists at CPAC.

    • #DJTK5F

      Are you fucking kidding? Schlapp IS one of the White Supremacists at CPAC, which is like winter camp for White Supremacist Republicans.

  • fuow

    Probably the same way it sounds to the LGBT community and Mexicans and Puerto Rico and….

  • Gerald Parks

    Oh. GaWD …Michael Steele NOW ask the question “Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”
    The answer …now YOU know Michael ….how that sounds to the BLACK community!
    Wonders will never cease!

    • La Befana

      Ohhh, the sudden fake outrage. Shocked, shocked I tell you!

      • Gerald Parks

        And flabbergasted too!

        • La Befana

          Something tells me that’s not the word Mike wanted to say to Matt.

          • Gerald Parks

            Yeah you make a great point!
            WTF? … was no doubt his first words when told of this incident.

  • Bertlay

    Like they care what it sounds like to the black community.

  • TK

    Schlapp him in the face, Steele!! I was never a fan of Steele in the RNC but lately he’s been sounding much more reasonable on MSNBC. He is smart enough to see that today’s GOP is not the party he was trying to represent. But this blatant ignorant racist comment is inexcusable. Stupid is an understatement.

    • Rocco

      I thought I was the only one who noticed! Lately I thought, this is a reasonable guy…I could vote for this Michael Steele.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Since Matt thinks that others should take insults gracefully, here’s one that I expect him to accept gracefully.

    Matt Schlapp is an ignorant pig who kisses so much ass that his face is permanently shit stained. He’s an ignorant buffon who deserves nothing but our disdain.

    • Rocco

      Very nicely put…

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Thank you!

  • Guy Johnson

    Sometimes the truth hurts.

  • fuzzybits

    Not going to watch the video. I get it,another racist asshole.

  • BearEyes

    Given what passes for the GOP these days, I’m surprised the audience even gasped.

  • sisterfalconer

    Steele’s a fool. He supported all those racists and haters for many years and NOW he’s upset? How does it feel, asshole?

  • Puckfair52

    Mike your supposed to eat the shit & say num num num but you keep bad company!

  • Tempus Fuggit

    CPAC head Matt Schlapp told Steele he need to “have some grace”

    If you’re worried you might forget this, here’s a handy tip: “have some grace” rhymes with “know your place”.

  • David Lightfoot

    I’d like to like Michael Steele, but I cannot, and never will.

  • Chris Bartlett

    A many years ago a good friend of mine once told me “Let a person talk long enough, and they will show you their stripes”
    That statement has been proven to me time and time again.

  • BobSF_94117

    “Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

    Refreshingly honest?

  • Roy Biv

    i’d feel about black republicans but then again, they’re black republicans.

  • “Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

    Out with the dog whistles… in with the air horns.

    Schlapp knows exactly how it sounds to the black community and HE DOESN’T CARE! Republicans work so hard on voter suppression cuz they believe that, as long as their base sticks with them and votes, the numbers work and they win. When Dems stay home guys like Schlapp are right.

  • kaydenpat

    Bunch of clowns. All of them. Why the hell is Steele still a Republican when he knows the party is full of racists?

  • “Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

    Gee — they never thought of that.

  • John Calendo

    In a related story, we are shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here.

  • andrew

    Michael Steele should know that racism is one of the strongest elements in the Conservative Movement in the USA. He surely must know that the reason the Republican Party is dominant in the Southern and Border States is because of racism.

  • Michael

    The GOP wants to be racist without admitting they are racist. 45 set the tone, and we can see how eager others were willing to follow.

  • RJ Bone

    “Do you know how that sounds to the black community!”

    They. Don’t. Care.

  • CJAS

    Why is Steele upset? It was fairly obvious at the time. And it’s certainly not the first time it’s been said. (Is there a black person in America who didn’t think it? Not that he would care.)