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Fomer RNC Chair Michael Steele Rips GOP for Keeping Silent on ‘Inherent Racism’

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele rebuked the party Tuesday for its failure to speak out against “inherent racism,” criticizing the GOP’s transformation under President Donald Trump.

In an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Steele said the problem was inaction.

“They’ve fallen into this bucket where they feel they can pedal or at least stay silent on inherent racism, misogynistic language and bad behavior, and somehow they think the American people are going to sit back and go, ‘yeah, we want more of that,'” he said.

Steele, who became the first black chair of the party in 2009, emphasized Tuesday’s votes would hold serious implications for the future of the country.

“This election is going to be a very important tell as to which direction America wants to go, the American people want us to go based on the fact pattern right before us now,” he said. “I think today could have a bigger impact in the long run than anything we’ve seen.”

Trump has been the subject of scrutiny in recent days for his anti-immigration ad which was widely deemed racist and removed from Facebook, NBC and Fox News. CNN rejected the ad from the start for its portrayal of migrants.

Watch the clip above via MSNBC.

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