Fmr RNC chair Michael Steele accuses named GOP lawmakers of hateful, violent speech, inciting civil war

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Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, draws attention today as a Trump-bashing former GOP official — a gig that ensures regular airtime on MSNBC.

The cabal behind the toxic resistance to President Trump pushing politics to be as polarizing as ever with their divisive rhetoric is raging against the Republican Party for … its rhetoric.

“I don’t know what the hell’s wrong with these people,” Steele harrumphed during an appearance on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.”

Hatred from the intolerant left is so prevalent in America that talk of civil war is not all that uncommon, and in a bit of projecting, those doing their share to contribute to that thought process seize the moral high ground to denounce it — using the violent rhetoric they condemn, while likening GOP lawmakers to “common criminals.”

The impetus for the discussion apparently being an anonymous voice mail message left for Rhode Island Democratic Rep. David Cicilline — standards aren’t all that high on the show hosted by Joy Reid.

That the caller ended his message with “Trump 2020” has all the earmarks of yet another setup from the left, but it was more than enough to run with on the program.

“The hateful, violent speech by the Louie Gohmerts and the Steve Kings of the world — [Rep.] Steve King recently tweeted out something about red states have eight trillion bullets, and the inference being ‘we’re not afraid to use them — you know this is, this kind of hateful speech just proves they have no defense of the president’s conduct on the merits, so instead they behave like common criminals,” said MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner.

Talk about violent rhetoric, try this.

“I see comments by Steve King and by Louie Gohmert as being no different than an armed gunman who walks up to a victim in the street and says, ‘gimme your wallet,’ and the victim says, ‘you have no right to my wallet,’ and the gunman says, ‘listen, if you don’t give me your wallet, there will be violence,’” said Kirschner. “I mean that’s what these folks are saying.”

“We can’t decline to do the right thing, based on how the wrong people will react,” he added, being on the side that presumes the authority to decide right and wrong.

Guest host Jonathan Capehart went one better in setting up Steele.

“It’s not just the Louie Gohmerts of the world, and the Steve Kings of the world who are engaging in this civil war talk, it is the president of the United States,” he said.

“Yeah, I don’t know what the hell’s wrong with these people,” Steele replied. “I think we just need to be straight up about it and just call them out. Jeffress, Gohmert, all of them are — this is something they want. This is something that they are perpetuating through their language and their tweets.”

Not lost here is that Steele is claiming Republicans “want” to start a civil war.

“Americans have to push back on this and say, no, this is not where we are going, and this is not who we are,” he added. “The fact of the matter is, you’re going to threaten us with a civil war? When did we have all this conversation about a civil war? Who started this silliness? Over Donald Trump? Are you frigging kidding me? I’m going to go to civil — I’m going to go against my neighbor? Over Donald Trump?”

The reference to Jeffress being Pastor Robert Jeffress, who said if the Democrats are successful in removing Trump from office that “it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this nation from which our country will never heal.” The quote was shared by the president in a tweet.

Steele went on to say, “This shows you the lunacy of this time.”

Speaking of projecting, in saying people are obsessed “to the point of stupid” over Trump, he perfectly captured the total derangement that characterizes resistance to this president, where pacifist Democrats morph into war hawks at the blink of an eye.


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