Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, trashed the organization he once led over revelations that donor money was used to boost sales of Donald Trump Jr.’s new book.
The former RNC chair told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he wasn’t a bit surprised by the reports, and said the GOP organization has been absolutely corrupted by President Donald Trump.
“Of course it was the RNC — SOBs,” Steele said. “Oh my god.”
“Look, let me just tell you how screwed up this is,” he continued. “Before I became national chairman, I had written a book on how the Republican Party can regroup after the 2008 shellacking, after the 2006, you know, bang-up at the polls, and move the party forward, and people looked at me and said, ‘How dare you write a book and try to profit off of the RNC.'”
“These days they’re just giving away $100,000 to the president’s son — are you kidding me?” Steele added. “This is the kind of internal corruption that people complained about inside the RNC for a long time, and then guys like myself and others come along and try to change the system. We get booted out, they reinstate it and go big and bold with it, and then to sit up and lie up front, ‘No, we didn’t do that,’ knowing that they’ve got to report it on the FEC report and when it comes out everybody in the world’s going to see it and they’re going to say, what is this $100,000 for? It’s just unbelievable.”
That money came from donors who want to elect GOP candidates in races all across the country, Steele said, but the RNC is using it to dole out favors to political insiders.
“Those are moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas, who write a check for $50, $100 to the RNC to help elect candidates,” he said, “not to go out and buy some dumb-behind book that nobody’s going to read, all right, and the fact of the matter is, it’s just — it’s incredible just the sheer corruption, top-down, throughout the RNC now, just been wholly owned as a subsidiary of the Trump Organization.”
“It’s not just the books, folks, it’s everything else,” Steele added. “It’s legal fees, it’s trips, it’s all kinds of expenses that the RNC is taking on, spending donor money to take care of the business of the Trump family and its organization. So I don’t want to hear the whining from the members anymore about where the money’s going and why candidates are running for county council and mayor in local races aren’t getting cash.”
California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report
On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.
"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."
Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.
‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation
Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a
"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."
Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.
"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."