Ex-Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) this afternoon. This following Sen. McConnell’s statement that Obama ‘should have kept his mouth shut’ about Trump.
Steele posted: “I’m sure Mitch is aware that a grown ass black man who happens to be a former president has agency to speak his mind on how his successor is managing this crisis, especially since his successor has yet to keep ‘his mouth shut’ about him, ‘and classless’?”
I'm sure Mitch is aware that a grown ass black man who happens to be a former president has agency to speak his mind on how his successor is managing this crisis, especially since his successor has yet to keep "his mouth shut" about him.
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) May 12, 2020
The GOP’s upper chamber leader said, “I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut. You know, we know he doesn’t like much this administration is doing. That’s understandable. But I think it’s a little bit classless frankly to critique an administration that comes after you.”
Senator McConnell continued, “You had your shot. You were there for eight years. I think the tradition that the Bushes set up of not critiquing the president who comes after you is a good tradition.”
Those remarks in response to President Obama’s comments late last week. “This election that’s coming up — on every level — is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,” he told. “What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life.”
Obama also announced, “It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty. It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ … is operationalized in our government.”
He argued, “While we continue to wait for a coherent national plan to navigate this pandemic, states like Massachusetts are beginning to adopt their own public health plans to combat this virus—before it’s too late.” Leader McConnell swiftly put in check today.