Michael Steele calls Trump and his supporters 'stupid', Internet says bless him for placing country over party
Steele lashed at POTUS after the president contradicted CDC director Robert Redfield on the timing of a Covid-19 vaccine rollout
President Donald Trump is barely a few months away from the presidential race but is repeatedly put under the scanner for his conduct, especially related to the pandemic. On September 16, former RNC chairperson and political commentator Michael Steele lashed at POTUS in a panel discussion on MSNBC's 'The 11th Hour' after the president contradicted CDC Director Robert Redfield on the timing of a Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
He further slammed Trump's supporters who live in Covid-19 hotspots in Republican states and are still not all that vigilant in taking precautions despite the pandemic. MSNBC reported that the states hit hardest by the pandemic include Republican states of Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. A user tweeted the video of the MSNBC report while calling Steele "f***ing fantastic" for criticizing Trump.
Michael Steele with no f**ks left to give is the very best Michael Steele— Black Lives Matter (@PoliticalH2Os) September 17, 2020
Steele was enraged by the poor condition of the Republican states and blamed Trump's poor response for it. He said, "I'm so exhausted with this president, at this point, in the face of what we see happening on college campuses right now as we turn into fall, we all knew this was coming and yet, this administration has done jack about it."
He continued blasting Trump and the people who support him. "This president stands at a podium today and not only contradicts his CDC director but basically says he perjured himself under oath before Congress because he is saying something different from Donald Trump. The CDC director is telling us the truth and Donald Trump is literally lying to us and yet, 40% of the country looks at it and goes: 'Yeah, I’m with stupid'."
Steele was referring to an incident that took place a day before where Trump dismissed CDC director Robert Redfield on the Covid-19 vaccine. Redfield said during his congressional testimony on September 15 that a Covid-19 vaccine will come out “in very limited supply” in November-December and will be “generally available to the American public” by “late second quarter, third quarter 2021".
This was totally contradicted by Trump who said that the vaccine will be out much earlier. He said as quoted by Media ITE, "I think he made a mistake when he said that. It’s just incorrect information. I called him and he didn’t tell me that, and I think he got the message maybe confused. Maybe it was stated incorrectly. No, we’re ready to go immediately as the vaccine is announced. It could be announced in October, it could be announced a little bit after October. Once we go, we’re ready.”
In MSNBC’s discussion, Steele then went on to stress how one must vote wisely in this upcoming election so that the country can heal. "I don’t know what more you can take before you say you’ve had enough. Because my heavens, this is too much for a country to go through," he said. He added in exasperation, "I don’t know what else to say. I don’t know how many more of these conversations we can have, Brian. I don’t know, I’m a little tired of it, can we just vote right now? Can we just get this done so we can heal the country and just move on?”
As soon as his highly critical comments dropped, the Internet was enraged over Trump and supported the claims made by Steele. Many felt he is keeping his country above all political inclination and party. Some welcomed him in the camp of people who are distressed by Trump. A user wrote supporting Steele, "All the years I disagreed w/ him at RNC. never thought there would come a time when I'd see Michael Steele finally just let it out, 100% down to earth, as pissed off & exhausted as the rest of us are. Welcome to the gaddamn big tent, at least for this round, Michael Steele."
All the years I disagreed w/ him at RNC. never thought there would come a time when I'd see Michael Steele finally just let it out, 100% down to earth, as pissed off & exhausted as the rest of us are. Welcome to the gaddamn big tent, at least for this round, Michael Steele. https://t.co/NeaKMDP7BR— 💛💛🥁💛💛Wrangler:⚖️ pace yourselves, it's a long ride (@arcillahumeda) September 17, 2020
Some went as far as saying, “Michael Steele is right. We are, collectively, the dumbest country on earth.” Some said that they feel what Steele is saying, “Michael Steele is saying out loud how most of us feel. Can it be November 3rd so we can vote the orange man out of office, get the virus under control and start trying to heal.”
Michael Steele is right. We are, collectively, the dumbest country on earth.— Strictly BLM (@christoq) September 17, 2020
Michael Steele is saying out loud how most of us feel. Can it be November 3rd so we can vote the orange man out of office, get the virus under control and start trying to heal. https://t.co/uWPkQWVtD4— Melody Fleshman (@Urastar2me) September 17, 2020
A user wrote in his praise, “God bless Michael Steele for placing country over party.” Another concurred impressed by Steele, “Michael Steele echoes what all REAL Republicans are saying to themselves. OUR Country is more important than capitulating to a silver-spooned con man who only cares about what's best for THE DONALD!”
God bless Michael Steele for placing country over party. https://t.co/lVhZD6gHDO— Laurie Bale (@Baleofaks) September 17, 2020
Michael Steele echoes what all REAL Republicans are saying to themselves. OUR Country is more important than capitulating to a silver spooned con man who only cares about what's best for THE DONALD!— LPW (@lpw_larry) September 17, 2020