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Michael Steele on Migrant Caravan: The GOP is Using Them as Midterm ‘Hype Machine’

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele says all the GOP’s talk about the Central American migrant caravan comes down to their plan for revving up their base in the midterm elections.

Steele joined Morning Joe on Friday for a discussion about this, and Joe Scarborough started things off by making fun of Fox News and others for fear mongering over the “mobs of nonwhite people.”

As Scarborough called this a ploy to “distract people from Donald Trump’s hatred,” Steele agreed that the president is trying to get people fired up, even though health care and putting a leash on Trump are apparently bigger motivators for voters in the upcoming midterm elections.

“It’s the hype machine. This is the gin up the base machine. This is the pivot from Kavanaugh to wrap around and complete the effort to get the base to come out to sustain that energy that, you know, ‘I’m ready to go and vote for the president.’ Remember, the president is putting himself on the ballot, and yet – in the same breath – will say, ‘well, if this doesn’t work, it’s not my fault.’ Well, you can’t have it both ways. This is either about you or it isn’t. If you’re telling us this is about you by telling candidates tell your voter to vote for me, as well, then yeah, all of this is about you and all of this is on you.”

Steele went on to say that Trump’s evidence-free claim of Middle Easterners hiding themselves among the migrants follows the same pattern of fear-based motivation.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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