Former Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele Joins Anti-Trump Lincoln Project

August 25, 2020 Updated: August 25, 2020

The Lincoln Project brought former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on board this week, just a few days after losing George Conway.

Steele, an MSNBC political analyst, will be a senior adviser to the political action committee, which is vociferously opposed to Republican President Donald Trump.

Steele said he has witnessed Trump “devolve into preying upon our fears and resentments with a narcissism that nurtures only chaos and confusion.”

“Leadership is needed now more than ever and I am proudly committed to resetting the course of our nation, standing once again for the future of my Party; and working with The Lincoln Project to help restore the purpose for sitting in that chair,” he added in a statement.

Rick Wilson, who co-founded the group, called Steele a “singularly insightful and effective political leader.”

“Diverse voices are central to The Lincoln Project movement. There is no future for Conservatism if we do not elevate them. Michael Steele has been doing that his entire life and we’re excited to have him doing it with The Lincoln Project,” said Mike Madrid, another co-founder.

Conway, a third-co-founder, announced this week he was leaving the group to spend more time with his family. Conway’s wife, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, is also leaving her job.

Steele, 61, was the lieutenant governor of Maryland for four years until 2007 before becoming the Republican National Committee chair from 2009 to 2011. Steele lost an effort to stay in the position to Reince Priebus.

The Lincoln Project is billed as a group of Republicans who are united “with a singular mission: To defeat Donald Trump and Trumpism.”

Trump has called the group “a disgrace to Honest Abe” and full of “LOSERS.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), responding to the group launching digital ads against his reelection efforts, referred to it last month as a “cabal of political consultants is all in it for the money.”

“If they actually cared about the country, they wouldn’t be working to advance the socialist, anarchist agenda of the radical left,” he added.

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