Michael Steele, the first African-American and now former chairperson of the Republican National Committee (RNC), said Friday that “the evidence is incontrovertible” that President Trump is a racist following his reported comments referring to African countries and Haiti as “shithole countries.”
Steele was asked during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Live with Hallie Jackson” if he thinks Trump is a racist.
“Yeah, I do,” Steele said. “At this point … the evidence is controvertible.”
Steele also said Trump uses race as a way “to move people emotionally to a space where he wants them to be to get a reaction out of them.”
“There are a whole lot of folks like Donald Trump,” Steele said. “White folks in this country who have a problem with the browning of America. … When they talk about [wanting] their country back, they are talking about a country that was very safely white, less brown and less committed to that browning process.”
Fmr. RNC chair Michael Steele says Trump is racist.
“Yeah, I do. At this point the evidence is incontrovertible. It’s right there.”pic.twitter.com/fpqZnO5xvb
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 12, 2018
Steele has previously said the U.S. “no longer has a moral compass” under Trump’s leadership.
The Hill added:
Steele’s comments follow a Washington Post report Thursday that in a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers Trump referred to immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from “shithole countries.”
Trump also reportedly said the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
The White House issued a statement on Thursday that did not deny the president’s remarks.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesperson Raj Shah said in the statement.
However, Trump denied saying “anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country” and said that while he used “tough language” during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, “this was not the language used.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) rejected Trump’s denials, calling them “not true” because Trump “said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”