Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele has consistently acted like Trump is a bigger threat to the Republican Party than the Democratic Party.
The former RNC Chair, who stepped down from his position in 2011, has been on the mainstream media circuit as a go-to Trump critic. On Friday, the disgraced Lincoln Project publicized a recent Steele hit where he called Trump ally Jim Jordan a “b*tch.”
“I can tell you the time, the place, the date of every conversation I’ve had with every president of this country, period,” Steele said during a livestream. “Going back to Bill Clinton, I can tell you where I was. I can tell you what was said. This son of a b*tch is sitting up there acting like, ‘Well, I don’t know if it was before. I don’t know if it was after. Oh, lordy, Jesus, I don’t remember. I got to look at my notes.’ You know, b****, what time you called the president, and you know what you said.”
It obviously doesn’t lend you much credibility if you are wagging your finger around and calling a Republican congressman a “b*tch.” It further stretches credibility when you ally with a bunch of anti-Trump operatives who are best known for protecting accused pedophiles.
In the 2020 election campaign, Michael Steele formally endorsed Joe Biden, and allied with the “Never Trump” group the Lincoln Project.
The controversy pertains to the House Democrats releasing DOJ notes that purportedly show that Trump attempted to unjustifiably pressure the Department of Justice.
“Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me” and other allies in Congress, Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen’s deputy Richard Donoghue claims Trump said during a Dec. 27 call.
“ – P: ‘Don’t expect you to do that, just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.’” (pp. 4-5). pic.twitter.com/mFmDeI4AG0
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) July 30, 2021
The New York Times editorialized about the phone call in a “report” on Friday.
“President Donald J. Trump pressed top Justice Department officials late last year to declare that the election was corrupt even though they had found no instances of widespread fraud, so he and his allies in Congress could use the assertion to try to overturn the results, according to new documents provided to lawmakers.”
“The demands were an extraordinary instance of a president interfering with an agency that is typically more independent from the White House to advance his personal agenda,” the report added. “They are also the latest example of Mr. Trump’s wide-ranging campaign during his final weeks in office to delegitimize the election results.”
Two lawmakers on the call, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Scott Perry (R-PA) denied that they unduly pressured the Department of Justice.
“Congressman Jordan did not, has not, and would not pressure anyone at the Justice Department about the 2020 election,” said Russell Dye, a spokesman for Mr. Jordan. “He continues to agree with President Trump that it is perfectly appropriate to raise concerns about election integrity.”
Donald Trump responded to the leak of the Department of Justice notes regarding the December 27 phone call.
“The corrupt and highly partisan House Democrats who run the House Oversight Committee yesterday released documents—including court filings dealing with the rigged election of 2020—that they dishonestly described as attempting to overturn the election,” Trump responded.
“In fact, it is just the opposite,” he said. “The documents were meant to uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote.”
“The American People want, and demand, that the President of the United States, its chief law enforcement officer in the country, stand with them to fight for Election Integrity and to investigate attempts to undermine our nation,” he went on. “Our country has just suffered an incredibly corrupt Presidential Election, and it is time for Congress and others to investigate how such corruption was allowed to take place rather than investigating those that are exposing this massive fraud on the American People.”
The release of the DOJ notes by a Trump critic is simply another attempt to frame a “narrative” about the president that the notes don’t actually show. Donald Trump obviously believes sincerely that the 2020 election is “corrupt,” as he has argued publicly and privately on countless occasions.
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