DL Hughley: GOP convention 'looked like Nazi Germany'
David Edwards
Published: Monday March 2, 2009

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CNN's D.L. Hughley talked to Chuck D and RNC Chairman Michael Steele about the Republican Party's attempts to gain popularity in the black community.

During the interview Hughley chided Steele, who seemed to be making amends for his party. Instead, the host opined that CPAC, a recent conservative conference, "looked like Nazi Germany."

Steele tried to establish his credibility with Chuck D by referencing the neighborhood where he grew up.

"And what struck me about hip-hop as a genre, as music, as whatever you want to call it, a culture, was the fact that you have guys like yourself who come out of the projects, come off the street," said Steele. "Myself, I grew up on Eighth Street in DC. That's a whole different world from where I am right now."

Chuck D offered a quick correction.

"I grew up in Roosevelt, Long Island," he said. "It's not the projects. It's where black people live."

Hughley confronted Steele on the Republican's implementation of their big tent philosophy. "Well, Michael, I agree. I'm telling you, if it were the sign alone -- in other words, the tenets of the Republican Party are amazing and they seem warm and welcome. But when I watch it be applied -- like you didn't have to go much further than the Republican National Convention."

"Agreed," replied Steele.

"It literally look like Nazi Germany. It literally did. I make that point, not only are we not welcome -- not only are we not welcome, but they don't even care what we think," explained Hughley.

In the same interview, Steele criticized Republican talk show host Rush Limbauch, calling him an "entertainer" and triggering a sharp response from the pundit. Steele apologized to Limbaugh on Monday night.

This video is from CNN's D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, broadcast Feb. 28, 2009.

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This story is updated from it's original version.

Stephen C. Webster contributed to this report.

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