Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele on Friday refused an apology from a conservative official who said Steele had only been elected chairman “because he was a black guy.”
…While speaking at CPAC’s Ronald Reagan dinner on Friday night, Walters described former president Barack Obama’s election as a “big deal,” but said it led to the “terrible” selection of Steele to head the RNC back in 2009.
“We elected Mike Steele as chairman because he was a black guy,” Walters told the room, reportedly drawing gasps. “That was the wrong thing to do.”
…Steele served as RNC chairman from 2009 to 2011 and was the first African-American to hold the role.
He has been critical of the Trump administration. Recently, after President Trump made a reference to “shithole countries,” Steele was asked if he thought the president was racist.
“At this point, the evidence is incontrovertible, it’s right there,” he replied.
Following Walters’ remark, Steele said he believes that there is a racism problem within the Republican Party, but that he didn’t think that the party was “that way.”