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CPAC chief doubles down on racial comments about Michael Steele in combative MSNBC interview

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The head of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday doubled down on his criticism of former RNC chief Michael Steele, accusing him of having a lack of grace.

MSNBC host Hallie Jackson asked American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp whether CPAC communications director Ian Walters had been reprimanded for saying that Steele was picked as RNC chairman because “he was a black guy.”

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“Absolutely not,” Schlapp replied, saying he agreed with Walters that the GOP had been too “cynical” in its approach to minorities. “He has a right to speak on these issues.”

Jackson noted that Steele and Schlapp had gotten into a heated exchange about the comments, after Schlapp had apologized for them.

“You said he should have some grace,” she said. “Do you regret any of that?”

Schlapp claimed that Walters had quickly called Steele to apologize, but that Steele had refused to accept it. “I think that shows a lack of grace,” he remarked.

“Things get said in a heated political conversation and at the end, we have to be able to continue to be friends. I don’t like the fact that we’re divided.”

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“But I’ll tell you one thing, I think what Ian’s point of view is valid and I think there are a lot of people of color who are conservatives who believe that the Republican Party gets this wrong a lot and it is okay to talk about it,” Schlapp said.

Jackson said she was asking Schlapp about his particular positions. “You have not answered,” she told him. “So let me end on this, do you regret telling Michael Steele he should have some grace?”

“I think he should have grace, and we all should have grace,” Schlapp replied.

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GOP forcing Hunter Biden to testify could ‘completely backfire’ on them — here’s why

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With public pressure mounting for Senate Republicans to allow officials like former National Security Adviser John Bolton and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to testify at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, some in the GOP are now suggesting a trade — allowing these witnesses in exchange for Hunter Biden, the focus of Trump's Ukraine conspiracy theories, to take the stand as well and face aggressive questioning about his role in Burisma. This is a GOP attempt to distract from the allegations against Trump by changing the subject to the Bidens.

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Devin Nunes needs to ‘fess up’ or he’ll end up in jail after bombshell report on Parnas contacts: GOP strategist

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday Morning, GOP strategist Susan Del Percio said that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is in a very bad place now that he has been closely tied to Lev Parnas, and it is time for him to come clean before it gets worse.

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Rosenstein admits he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts that spawned GOP conspiracy theories

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In a court filing released on Friday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that he authorized the release of the text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

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