Two weeks ago, I happened to cover former Republican National Chair Michael Steele speaking to a Minneapolis audience about how we got Donald Trump as president (the short summary of his answer: because we elected him, although some of Steele’s remarks made clear that he was not happy about it).
So as a follow up, I just wanted to pass along, because they are the most hilarious statement of Republican never-Trumpism I’ve ever seen, some more recent remarks from Steele in which he seemed to make clear that he was remaining in the Republican Party expressly to work toward exorcising the Trump demon that has invaded it.
Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post asked Steele “why he remains in the Republican Party when so many others have left in disgust.”
You invite me over to a nice dinner and I come to your home. And during the course of that evening, I start breaking your china. I start slicing your drapes, tearing up your carpet, putting holes in your walls. So at that point, do you leave or do you kick my ass out? You’re going to kick me out. That’s where I am. I’m not leaving. This is my house,” Steele said after noting that Trump is neither a Republican nor a conservative. “I know I gotta repair the drapes and patch up the holes in the walls and replace the carpet. But your ass will be gone and that’s the goal.