Michael Steele Blasts RNC Chair Reince Preibus For Not Condemning Donald Trump (VIDEO)
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele had some blistering words for the current RNC Chair Reince Priebus after the latter failed to condemn Donald Trump’s racist claims about Mexicans.
During an appearance on Meet The Press, Steele blasted Priebus for not strongly rejecting Donald Trump’s claim that Mexican immigrants are rapists.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump declared during his announcement that he was entering the 2016 GOP field for president in 2016.
“They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
In the following week, Democrats, corporations, and just about everyone else condemned Trump and his despicable remarks. However, Republicans have lagged behind as usual, treading lightly when asked about the outrageous words, with some only now starting to backpedal and admit that Trump could have used different words.
RNC Chair Reince Priebus even said as much when he was asked to comment.
According to the Washington Post, Priebus addressed the remarks during a press conference in Virginia. His response isn’t exactly going to convince Latinos that Republicans really do care about them.
“Some comments can be helpful, some comments can be hurtful. Those particular comments, not helpful.”
So, those comments weren’t hurtful? Wow. That’s basically everything Latinos need to know about how the Republican Party feels about them.
And Michael Steele wasn’t impressed with Priebus’ response either.
“You’ve got to have that Sister Souljah moment with the party, where you have to be honest and call it what it is. People are sophisticated enough to know when you’re just full of BS. Everyone in the country reacted to this and you didn’t, the party didn’t, and those who want to be president didn’t — until what? This week? That’s a problem. It’s a problem of authenticity. It is a problem of legitimacy when you’re going to go speak to that community.”
Here’s the video via Youtube.
And if it is not clear that conservatives support Trump’s vile claims, all Hispanic voters need to do is look and see that Donald Trump is currently in second place among the Republican candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire, and nationally. This should send a clear message that conservative voters like what they are hearing and Republican candidates are not really serious about trying to appeal to Latinos even though the GOP claims to want a higher percentage of Hispanic voters in 2016 than they received in 2012 and 2008.
Indeed, Republicans were thoroughly rejected in 2008 when 67 percent of Latinos voted to elect Barack Obama as President of the United States. And they did it again in 2012 as 71 percent came out for Obama over Mitt “Self-Deportation” Romney, an increase of 4 percent.
As the growing number of Hispanics changes the demographics of battleground states, Republicans still cling to an anti-immigration agenda and say racist things about immigrants that just cause Hispanics to run to the bigger tent of the Democratic Party. And that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon.
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