View Full Version : Former RNC Chair Michael Steele Fires Back At CPAC Comm. Director's "Painfully Stupid" Remark

02-24-2018, 03:09 PM
Some pretty strong headlines in google news on this today, "The Root" article is using prticularly strong language:


02/24/2018 02:10 pm ET Updated 46 minutes ago

Former RNC Chair Fires Back At Claim He Was Only Hired Because He Was Black

It was a “painfully stupid” remark, said Michael Steele.

By Daniel Marans

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele blasted Friday a leading conservative’s speech, which claimed that he had only been hired because he is black, as “painfully stupid.”

Republicans had elected Steele to the post in 2009 (http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/30/rnc.chairman/) because “he was a black guy,” Ian Walters, the communications director for Conservative Political Action Conference, claimed at a CPAC dinner on Friday evening.

Walters was discussing the Republican reaction to the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president. This historic election, he said, prompted conservatives to pick Steele, implying that he was not the most qualified person for the job.


02-24-2018, 03:26 PM
Its true though, and everybody knows it.

02-24-2018, 03:28 PM
Its true though, and everybody knows it.

It's true that's why he was hired, it was painfully stupid to say it out loud, or both?

02-24-2018, 03:45 PM
Its true though, and everybody knows it.

If this is confirmed as true, there would be still problem of excessive transparency since arrival of trump to the political scene. Things are coming out that no one could imagine being made public just couple of years ago.

Some media outlets including one owned by POTUS son in law are calling CPAC director's statement "racial insult":

Michael Steele Responds to Racial Insult Hurled by CPAC Communications Director
Observer 19h ago