Ex-RNC chairman warns GOP that any state might seem like Georgia if it does not drop Trumpism
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele warned Republicans on Saturday that what was happening in Georgia – Joe Biden with the state and two Democrats who won runoff races in the Senate – could happen across the country if they got Donald Trump’s cancer don’t get rid of it.
During a discussion on MSNBC, Steele said that Republicans did not see the blue wave coming in Georgia and acceptance of Trumpism could only motivate what was going on across the country.
“What we saw in Georgia wasn’t an accident,” said Steele. “It was deliberate and was born out of the conscious efforts of those who wanted to suppress black voices.”
He continued, “Stacey Abrams said no, it doesn’t happen and she systematically shut down the system. And she fought against it and organized herself against it and she defeated it. “
“That’s the course,” added Steele.
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele says what Stacey Abrams did in Georgia is the model of how Democrats can defeat Trumpism. pic.twitter.com/fkU6TyQo8f
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This is a battle. It’s a battle for ideas. It’s about a lot of what Angela just said, to deny the story, to deny the narrative of this country, to create an America that frankly never existed. It was never about white picket fences. These are the same people who ignore the white poor even in their own midst. So there is a sense of an America that they idealized. How do you deal with it? They deal with it the way we begin to deal with it. You have to go straight to it. I agree that we wasted a lot of energy on Taylor Greene. But energy is necessary because if you don’t keep it cold it will continue to permeate and these guidelines will only expand. What we saw in Georgia wasn’t an accident. It was deliberate and arose out of the conscious efforts of those trying to suppress the blacks’ voices. Stacey Abrams said no it doesn’t happen and she systematically took the system down. And she pushed back against it and she organized against it and she defeated it. That is the course. It’s part of our own story. We watched the marches and heard the speeches, but at some point it takes the level of action and dedication we’ve seen that turned blue to a state that, I can honestly tell you, Republicans never saw coming. That was out of their realm of reality and so we have to change reality. I say this as someone who has tried to do it inside the party and is now doing it inside and outside the party. But it has to be done.
Trump is out of the White House, but Trumpism is alive and well
Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in a presidential election last November that wasn’t too close, but the work of defeating the cancerous Trumpism he left behind is still ongoing.
The worst that can happen now is that now that Trump is not in the White House, Democrats can just rest. Complacency made it possible for him to win in the first place.
Trumpism must be organized and defeated with the same energy that we saw in Georgia. Otherwise, it may take back control of Congress and the White House in two and four years.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.