Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele told MSNBC on Monday that last week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) heralded a new political party based on the idolatry of President Donald Trump, and said both conservatives and Americans more generally needed to take a good, long look in the mirror.
"What's happened, manifested at CPAC, is a new form of idolatry," Steele said. "Donald Trump is the Golden Calf, he is the thing that they come and bow before."
Conservatives "offer up their future political support when they stand there for two hours and applaud the nastiness by towards a hero like John McCain," Steel added, saying that while Republicans were currently riding high, they would eventually come to regret their support for Trump. For now, however, Steele was dejected.
"So this is the new space, this is the new party," he said. "In terms of where we go from here, we have to look at each other, look at our neighbor, look at ourselves in the mirror and go 'is this us?' Are we now this America where these things are less important to us and are less regarded because we love that guy in the White House so much?"
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