It didn't take many words for MSNBC's Tamron Hall to make Michael Steele look foolish for the Republicans refusal to engage with the black community.
February 12, 2016

MSNBC's Tamron Hall was discussing Rep. John Lewis and the CBC PAC's endorsement of Hillary Clinton. She then brought up that icons like Harry Belafonte was endorsing Bernie Sanders, and as she was explaining the meeting of the establishment and the black churches, she threw it over to the former head of the RNC, Michael Steele, a black conservative to give his thoughts on the subject.

He immediately went into a rambling monologue, (speaking only as a black man, mind you, and not as a conservative) why there isn't a real competition for the black vote in America?

He's upset that the black community turns to the Democratic party for support because they have never received any from the Republicans. I think Steele forgets that the competition has been going on for decades and Republicans have continually not been on the side of the angels.

Tamron let him spout off for a long time and then using only a few words punked him, the RNC and the leaders of the GOP presidential primaries for doing nothing but dismiss the African American vote.

Steele: Yea, ah, you know, can we just have a competition for our vote? Can we just, for once, actually have a real competition for the black vote instead of just giving it wholesale? I want to know, you know, I'm not talking as a Republican, (of course not) I'm not talking as a conservative, as a black American, what's your agenda going to be? Read Larry Elder's piece about the state of the black community..

Hall: Do you include the Republicans are battling for the black vote?

Steele: Yes I do. Absolutely!


Hall: Your two front runners are not doing that right now.

Steele: They are so off the reservation on this, it's beyond words. So this is across the board. I'm just so fed up. Trolling folks out, putting them in front of cameras, endorsing blindly, without an honest discussion about the state of what's going on in the black communities across this country and we just give up that vote, give up that support. Let's have a town hall meeting first before we decide to say who we're going to support. And have the conversation, not just about criminal justice because that's the only thing we seem to be associated with. Let's talk about entrepreneurism, job creation, black education. whats going on in the inner cities?

Hall: Yea. You should suggest that to the RNC then, Donald Trump should have an all black town hall .

Steele: I have....I tried to do it as chairman. I did town halls in college. I did town halls in Harlem. That's what we need to do to have the conversation. Don't just give the vote to Hillary Clinton because she's a Clinton.

Hall: One guy, who's out of the race, Rand Paul, he did do that and he's out of the race now. He went to Howard University and now he is out of the race on the Republican side.

The RNC cancelled their only debate for Univision and have not scheduled an all black town hall for their Republican candidates. Not surprising since they are afraid to appear and face the music. Don't they realize that the black community would be very supportive of them showing up?

Nice job, Tamron.

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