Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele ripped into the party he once led on Monday following news that it would resume its earlier financial support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Steele was initially asked about a tweet he had sent earlier that day in response to President Donald Trump endorsing Moore in the upcoming Alabama election:
Your refusal to acknowledge you’ve just endorsed an alleged pedophile for the sake of “a vote” tells me Roy Moore will be a Trump Puppet and America no longer has a moral compass under your “leadership”. https://t.co/iRhJb69rpJ
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) December 4, 2017
“And I wish more Republicans would find something related to a backbone, or any other anatomy part, that would allow them to say the same thing,” Steele told MSNBC. “I think there's going to be a real dear price for this party to pay next year.”
Juxtaposing the decision by the RNC against current events, Steele explained why the move was so damaging.
“Women and men around the country are looking at this and going, 'I cannot believe that you value the vote of a pedophile over leading this country, over protecting women who finally are finding their voice to come out and speak to these types of behaviors and the aggression against them...'”
Steele continued by highlighting the hypocrisy of the Republican Party taking a hands-off approach to Moore:
“...this political party, which has stood on the moral high ground for lo these 30-plus years, sanctimoniously telling people how to live their lives, sanctimoniously telling people what they should do and what they shouldn't do, sanctimoniously judging people because of who they love or where they live, now has the temerity to step back and go, 'Oh, I just think we just leave it to people to decide what they want to do.'”
You can watch the full clip from MSNBC below.