Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee,Â barely contained his contempt Wednesday for people who are donating to outgoing President Donald Trumpâ€™s futile bid to overturn the 2020 election result.
Steele used one word to describe the donors â€• â€œsuckersâ€ â€• as he warned them that the reported $170 million contributed so far â€œainâ€™t going to no recountâ€ but instead into a so-called â€œleadershipâ€ PAC whose rules on spending are not massively regulated.
â€œThe great little dirty part of this is Donald Trump right now is raising money at a faster rate to, sort of, steal the election than he did when he was trying to win the election,â€ Steele told MSNBCâ€™s Joy Reid.
â€œAnd thatâ€™s what people need to understand. Alright?â€ he continued. â€œHeâ€™s raising more money now than he did when he was actually running for the job that heâ€™s now trying to say that they stole from him!Â So, look, the grift is on, baby! It is just on. You need to understand it.â€
Steele ran the RNC from 2009 to 2011 and has been a vocal Republican thorn in Trumpâ€™s side throughout his presidency.
He acknowledged that people can give Trump all the money they want.
â€œThatâ€™s on you,â€ he said. â€œBut know what itâ€™s going to.â€
Steeleâ€™s comments echoed those of CNNâ€™s Anderson Cooper, who on Tuesday described the fundraising effort as â€œanother con.â€
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