"I'm a Republican for as long as I'm a Republican and Donald Trump will never represent anything I believe in or stand for as a Republican," former GOP chair Michael Steele told Newsweek. "Because he's not a Republican. He's not a conservative."
Michael Steele, who led the GOP from 2009 to 2011, also criticized Trump for economic policies that were "outdated in Lincoln's time."
The ex-GOP official said he was "exhausted" by people refusing to adhere to COVID-19 rules amid the ongoing pandemic.
"In this moment of great national crisis, we need to elect a leader matched to the moment," former Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman said.
"No one can question my credentials as a Republican," Michael Steele wrote in an op-ed denouncing Trump and the GOP lawmakers supporting him.
Michael Steele said Republicans in Congress are "so afraid of this one man that they're willing to sacrifice everything that they've stood on."
"This is clearly documented abuse. It's clearly documented mistreatment and it's clearly documented inhumanity to fellow human beings that's going on in these centers," Michael Steele said.
"I'm so amused by people who come up to me and say: 'You used to be a Republican and I used to support your views,'" Joe Scarborough said. "I say: 'Well, my views haven't changed."
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele warned that there would be "a lot of breast-beating and ugly tweets."
"What's happened, manifested at CPAC, is a new form of idolatry," former RNC Chair Michael Steele said.
"He's not going to thank law enforcement because he's probably not happy about what law enforcement did," Michael Steele speculated.
"We lost the election in November and now we've lost six weeks to get our strength back, to get our position back," GOP Representative Peter T. King of New York said.
Republican awards honoring conservative African Americans were absent the party's first black chairman.
Michael Steele says the president is preoccupied with the 'narrative he has developed in his own head.'