Former GOP Chairman: “These are the people who spent the last forty years telling everyone how to live, who to love, what to think about morality…”


Michael Steele, the chairperson of the Republican National Committee from 2009-2011, slammed the court evangelicals and other evangelicals in an interview with journalist Tim Alberta, author of the soon-to-be-released American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the American Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.

Here is a taste of a piece at Business Insider:

Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, called evangelical Christians who support President Donald Trump “the biggest phonies of all” in a new book by the journalist Tim Alberta.

“These evangelical [leaders] are the biggest phonies of all,” Alberta quoted Steele as saying in his newly published book, “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.”

Steele went on, “These are the people who spent the last forty years telling everyone how to live, who to love, what to think about morality. And then this motherf—er comes along defiling the White House and disrespecting God’s children at every turn, but it’s cool, because he gave them two Supreme Court justices. They got their thirty pieces of silver.”

Read the entire piece here.

13 thoughts on “Former GOP Chairman: “These are the people who spent the last forty years telling everyone how to live, who to love, what to think about morality…”

  1. Harry, conservatives by their very nature ignore the lessons of history because those lessons contradict what they wish to believe in. Far too often, their version of history does not match up with what actually took place. They cherry pick what they want as long as it matches their beliefs. Everything that doesn’t match their beliefs, they ignore to their detriment.

    On top of that, they don’t want to learn. They are not happy with education simply because education doesn’t support their beliefs. They suffer from cognitive dissonance. Your points about the Supreme Court are valid. They are well supported by factual based history. Yet, conservatives ignore that history and cling to their fantasies.

    Finally, let’s face the truth. Conservatives today are an aging group of people who will die off and be replaced by a younger generation who do not support conservative fantasies. The only reason conservatives cling to political power right now are the sheer numbers of the Baby Boomers who are going to die off like all generations do. As their numbers thin out, the younger generations will simply outnumber them. We are actually seeing that happen now which is what is driving the polarization of our politics as the numbers change.

    Before long, the younger generations will assert themselves, vote in the changes they want over time, and the political cycle will move to the left for a full generation. Change will happen and the conservatives won’t be able to stop it. A good look through US History shows that. The conservatives today who think they’re riding a wave of stopping progress are going to be very disappointed over the next five to six years as their wave falters and fizzles out.


  2. Harry,

    You are correct in your analysis that correcting nearly sixty years of progressive judicial activism is not going to be done overnight. For that matter correcting much of the federal overreach since The New Deal is not going to be done with a flick of the wrist. The apparatus of government moves more slowly than an iceberg due to the entrenched interests which are profiting from it.


  3. I’m not sure how the gift of the Supreme Court Justices is going to work for Evangelicals. Bear in mind that Roe V Wade came about at the hand of a majority of GOP appointees. (I’m betting FOX NEWS addicts don’t know this. ). The 7 to 2 decision was made by those Justices chosen by GOP leaders. Byron “Whizzer” White, one of the two dissenting voices, was appointed by JFK and
    was himself a Democrat. So if these Evangelicals are considering the ‘gifts’ of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh (sp?) to be Divine, they might want to take a lesson from history.


  4. Unicorn,

    I think you will be able to read that I addressed Mr. Steele’s substantive concerns. I cited his vulgarity just to highlight his lack of respect for his audience. It tells me something about his character.



  5. Enter stage left Michael Steele complete with unnecessary vulgar language in a simple interview…………

    Note the standard Church Lady blame-shift reversal, concentrating only on one cussword to invalidate everything else.


  6. Paul,

    I don’t have any knowledge of all of the incidents you cite, but I will take your word on them for purposes of our discussion. (I don’t listen to Howard Stern.)

    If all of them are perfectly accurate, they were still done prior to his entry into the presidential fray. They were not proper but as I said in my initial posting, Trump as president “…is not vocally a supporter of ……hedonism….”. Please note that I used the present tense. He might be insincerely changing his behavior simply to attract Christians; I will give you that, Paul. The point is that today he is not officially advocating behavior which is contrary to orthoprax Christian teaching.

    Did Trump ever in his life behave as a Christian? I doubt it. Does he behave as a .christian today? I personally don’t think so. Does he today as the official leader of the country advocate paganism, heterodoxy, hedonism, atheism, etc? No. Accordingly, religious traditionalists can work with him.


  7. This crop of “leaders” has shown by their words and deeds what is truly important to them, what it is that they truly value.

    “The only goal of Power is POWER. And POWER consists of inflicting maximum suffering upon the powerless.”
    — Comrade O’Brian, Inner Party, Airstrip One, Oceania, 1984


  8. James:

    Trump’s not a vocal supporter of hedonism?

    Quite possibly the funniest thing you’ve said here. I mean, the guy was a regular on Howard Stern for decades, bragging about his hedonistic lifestyle. He bragged about sleeping with other guys’ wives, with playboy bunnies, about how he wanted to date his daughter, about how he could see beauty pageant contestants while they were undressed, about his wealth and materialism, and how he can grab women by the p—-y and on and on. One of the most hedonistic people on the face of the earth.

    You sound like one of the brainwashed soldiers in “The Manchurian Candidate.”


  9. Work with him, sure. I’m in agreement there. I don’t believe Christians are called to be politically disengaged.

    Defend him at all costs no matter what he says or does, praise him endlessly to the point of (at best) sycophancy or (at worst) idolatry, accuse any Christian who dares to criticize him of being sold out to the political left, proclaim that he is God’s anointed and therefore must be unfailingly obeyed and supported and praised, claim that he represents God’s salvation and deliverance from the utter destruction of the Christian faith planned by the godless Democrats, give him total exemption from the moral standards that were demanded of previous presidents because of liking the results being obtained . . . not so much.


  10. What you defend at all costs, what you are willing to go “all-in” for, reveals where your heart and your values truly lie. This crop of “leaders” has shown by their words and deeds what is truly important to them, what it is that they truly value. They have chosen ambassadorship for an earthly kingdom and an earthly “prince” over ambassadorship for the heavenly kingdom. That is all very well and good when what you truly value is partisan political power and influence. But I no longer regard them as Christian leaders, and I no longer pay any heed to anything they say in regards to the Christian faith. They are political operatives, nothing more and nothing less. They have placed their hopes in the kingdoms of this world, and from those kingdoms they have their reward in full.


  11. Enter stage left Michael Steele complete with unnecessary vulgar language in a simple interview…………

    If Mr. Steele thinks that evangelical supporters of Trump are phonies, it is incumbent upon him to quote a couple of them stating that Trump’s personal life is patently Christian. I can’t recall any of the major evangelical supporters of Trump asking him to teach a Sunday school class or collaborate with them in a book on Christian morality.

    Anyone who is realistic can see that religion is a very small part of the president’s life; at the same time he is not vocally a supporter of paganism, atheism, hedonism, secularism, or Christian heterodoxy. Accordingly, evangelicals, Roman Catholics, Orthodox Jews, and other religious traditionalists can work with him politically. Mr. Steele should know that; and somehow I suspect that he does. His reasons for attacking evangelicals are probably a lot more complex than he allows.


  12. “Just shut the hell up and don’t ever preach to me about anything ever again. I don’t want to hear it.”
    I’d think to anyone who’s main interest is sharing Jesus’s good news this is the most consequential quote from the article.


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