Ex-RNC Chair Michael Steele Blasts Republicans 'Perpetuating' Trump Lie

Former RNC chairman Michael Steele on Thursday criticized Republicans who are "perpetuating the lie" about the 2020 election, just days before a rally planned in support of the rioters arrested for allegedly participating in the January 6 Capitol riots.

Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace referenced the remarks given by Republican President George Bush earlier this month making a veiled comparison between the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol led by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Wallace asked Steele: "Why aren't there sanctions for people lay down with people who, in the words of the last Republican standard-bearer, represent the same grave threat to our homeland as the terrorists who attacked us on September 11?"

Steele noted that there are both internal and external sanctions for elected officials in Congress.

"What we've seen in the internal sanction, is that our leadership inside the GOP right now is more inclined to sanction those who stand for truth, a la Kinzinger and Cheney, than those who are perpetuating the lie," Steele said, referring to Republican Representatives Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, who are members of the committee investigating the deadly January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, and frequent critics of Trump.

"The external sanction is what we the voters do, what we the people do. You unelect these bastards, that's what you do. You don't give them another shot, another bite at the apple, another strike at the gold ring of Congress, you don't further empower them," he said.

Discussing the rally planned for this weekend, the former RNC chairman noted that he grew up in Washington, D.C. and that usually, officials don't have to take various steps to protect the Capitol ahead of demonstrations.

Ex-RNC Chair Blasts Republicans 'Perpetuating' Trump Lie
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele on Thursday criticized Republicans who are "perpetuating the lie" about the 2020 election, just days before a rally planned in support of the rioters arrested for allegedly participating in the January 6 Capitol riots. Above, a security camera is set up in front of the U.S. Capitol on September 16, in Washington, D.C. ahead of this weekend's rally. Alex Wong

"This group, the Trump-led group, we gotta throw up fences, we gotta call out the National Guard. What does that tell you member of Congress, that we have to do that" Steele said.

"That's very different than what we've seen in the past, and it's something I think we need to acknowledge and be truthful about," he added.

Washington, D.C. Capitol Police have asked the National Guard for security assistance this Saturday, the date of the "Justice for J6" rally.

Ahead of the rally this weekend, Trump defended the rioters who are facing criminal proceedings for their alleged actions on January 6.

"Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election. In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice. In the end, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!" Trump wrote in a statement.