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Steele Rips Tony Perkins, Evangelicals: ‘Shut the Hell Up and Don’t Preach to Me About Anything Ever Again’

Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele said that religious leaders have no business lecturing him if they’re going to keep finding ways to excuse President Trump‘s bad behavior.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins got a lot of attention on Tuesday when he gave multiple interviews and said evangelicals gave Trump a “mulligan” for his moral failings in the past. Perkins argued that Trump’s impious behavior and his affair with porn star Stormy Daniels happened “years ago,” and that evangelicals are likely to always defend Trump as long as he makes policy decisions they approve of.

Franklin Graham used similar arguments to defend Trump when he spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called this a “Faustian bargain” last night on Hardball, and Steele was also not very impressed.

“I have very simple admonition: just shut the hell up and don’t preach to me about anything ever again. I don’t want to hear it, because after telling me who to love, what to believe, what to do and what not to do and now you sit back and the prostitutes don’t matter, the grabbing the you-know-what doesn’t matter, the outright behavior and lies don’t matter, just shut up! They have no voice of authority anymore for me.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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