‘The grift is on, baby’: Ex-GOP chair slams Trump’s post-election donors as ‘suckers’

‘The grift is on, baby’: Ex-GOP chair slams Trump’s post-election donors as ‘suckers’
Michael Steele // MSNBC
Frontpage videos

Although President-elect Joe Biden enjoyed a decisive victory over President Donald Trump in the 2020 election — winning 306 electoral votes and defeating Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote — the outgoing president continues to receive millions of dollars in donations. And former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, during an MSNBC appearance on December 2, slammed Trump's post-election donors as "suckers."

Claiming, with zero evidence, that he is the real winner of the 2020 presidential election and that he was the victim of widespread voter fraud, Trump has brought in a whopping $170 million for his so-called Election Defense Fund. And according to CNN's Brianna Keilar, 75% of those donations are being shared with a new leadership PAC called the Save America PAC — which Keilar has denounced as a "slush fund."

Appearing on MSNBC's "The ReidOut," Steele told host Joy Reid that Trump's post-election donors are "suckers" if they honestly believe their donations will keep Trump in the White House after January 20.

Steele, a Never Trumper, told Reid, "The great little dirty part of this is Donald Trump, right now, Joy, is raising money at a faster rate to, sort of, steal the election than he did when he was trying to win the election. And that's what people need to understand, alright? He's raising more money now than he did when he was actually running for the job that he's now trying to say that they stole from him. So, look, the grift is on, baby. It is just on. You need to understand it."

In 2009, Steele became the first African-American to chair the RNC — and he remained in that position until 2011. Steele, who is conservative but not an extremist, supported GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. But he has been a vehement critic of Trump and has been active in the Lincoln Project, a right-wing anti-Trump group.

Steele told Reid that if Trump's supporters want to donate money to him, that's up to them — but they need to realize what their donations are actually being used for.

"It ain't going into his recount," Steele told Reid. "It's going into his PAC. And that PAC money — and this is important — allows him to go out and do political stuff unrelated to the recount. If you all want to give him the money, that's on you. But know what it's going to."

Watch the video below:

All about that grift, bout that griftyoutu.be

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.