'Another RINO': Former RNC chair Michael Steele sparks debate saying he wants Trump's 'behind in jail'

'Another RINO': Former RNC chair Michael Steele sparks debate saying he wants Trump's 'behind in jail'
Responding to Donald Trump's recent claims, Michael Steele said the ex-POTUS should be put in jail if he is not above the law (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, michaelsteelenetwork.com)

WASHINGTON, DC: Former RNC chair Michael Steele harshly criticized ex-president Donald Trump following his recent accusations against the FBI over their use of deadly force during the Mar-a-Lago raid in 2022, according to Newsweek.

Last week, the unsealed court records in the classified documents case against the former president revealed the FBI was authorized to use deadly force while searching for the classified materials he illegally retained at the luxury residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

In a recent fundraiser email to his supporters, Trump claimed that President Joe Biden authorized the DOJ to shoot him and the POTUS was "locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger."

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during an event in the Rose Gard
Donald Trump accused President Joe Biden of authorizing the FBI to shoot him during Mar-a-Lago raid (Getty Images)

Michael Steele voices anger at Trump

Steele expressed his discontent at Trump's allegations regarding the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid during a conversation with Glenn Kirschner, an ex-federal prosecutor, on Sunday, May 26, on MSNBC's 'The Weekend'.

The former federal prosecutor dismissed the White House hopeful's arguments, pointing out the entire Trump family was not in Florida at the time of the search, which the FBI precisely "coordinated" during their absence.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 3: Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 3, 2024 in New York City. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president to face trial on criminal charges. (Photo by Curtis Means-Pool/Getty Images)
Donald Trump came up with accusations following new revelations about the FBI search at his Mar-a-Lago residence (Curtis Means-Pool/Getty Images)

Further, Kirschner, a Trump critic, indicated that the former president was at present put on bail referring to his ongoing hush money trial.

"There is a vehicle in the law designed to address this. When a pretrial defendant on release, he's on release still technically in four cases, is a danger to even a single person in the community, the law says he is to be detained pending trial," he asserted. "As we were just discussing, this is another failure of the equal application of the law to Donald Trump and we are paying the price dearly for it. "

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 6: Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to court during his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 6, 2024 in New York City. Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by Steven Hirsch-Pool/Getty Images)
Donald Trump is currently under criminal trial in the hush money case against him (Steven Hirsch-Pool/Getty Images)

At this moment, Steele, an MSNBC host who served as RNC chair from 2009 to 2011, chimed in criticizing the MAGA spearhead.

"Well, if we believe he's not above the law, then put his behind in jail. And that's how that would work for everybody else," he demanded.

Following Steele's criticisms, Kirschner also called out Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the classified documents case. The former attorney said the judge would not pay attention, claiming she would not do anything to modify Trump's release conditions.

US District Judge Aileen Cannon (judiciary.senate.gov,
US District Judge Aileen Cannon received frequent criticisms for her Trump-friendly pre-trial motions (judiciary.senate.gov)

Cannon, a Trump appointee, faced frequent criticism for her pretrial decisions favoring the 45th president. In addition, she recently postponed the classified documents case trial indefinitely.

Internet split as Michael Steele demands jail for Trump

Responding to Steele's call to jail Trump, a group of netizens criticized the former RNC chair, while another sided with him.

A user commented below Newsweek's article, "Steele is another RINO, a left wing RINO. Dems Loved him more than Republicans when he was chairman."

Another wrote, "Because Trump is the perennial victim. He could run you over with his car while reaching for his cell phone and it would be your fault for getting in his way. This guy is way past his expiration date in the public tolerance category."

A third user added, "Trump should've already been in prison decades ago. He's been getting away with crimes for his entire adult life, entirely because he was born rich."

"Michael Steele is part of the swamp. I don't care a wit about Trump. It's about a government machine that operates for the benefit of the government machine instead of the people. Those that trust the Justice Department are the problem," read a fourth response.

Someone else argued, "Bident did the same thing and he's not in jail. A two tiered justice system. He also sold his brand to get rich. His son should be in jail for multiple crimes."

An individual remarked, "Steele was a Republican....well, RINO, when he was Lt. Governor in MD......did nothing......somehow he failed up and became RNC chair even though he's a RINO.......not surprised by his rhetoric!!"

Meanwhile, one user wrote on X, "All sensible people want Trump to seriously shut up and seriously go away."


Another criticized Steele, writing, "Former for a reason And that's the RNC we had to live with for the last decade.."


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