Michael Steele, the first Black chairman of the Republican National Committee, has endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.
“I am an American, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. And I am voting for Joe Biden on Nov. 3,” Steele wrote in an NBC News op-ed published last week.
“It certainly is not because of political expediency. For me, it never has been,” Steele added.
He acknowledged the values of former President Ronald Reagan and Republican principles. “I was, and am, convinced that conservative principles, individual initiative and free enterprise are the most effective means of empowering people to achieve the American Dream.” However, he said that President Trump failed to meet such standards.
“America has watched as the Republican Party stopped pursuing its animating principles of freedom and opportunity. It has given up its voice on things that mattered and instead bent the arc of the party towards the baser motives of one man, who is neither a Republican nor a conservative,” Steele wrote.
Trump “exacerbates division” instead of “binding up the nation’s wounds,” the Republican National Committee chairman explained. He “cravenly seeks the favor of thugs” instead of “standing up to the world’s dictators.”
He made it clear that “on many issues and policies,” he disagrees with Biden. However, he also made it clear that he is “asking my fellow Americans to consider what is in your best interests, and not Donald Trump’s.”