Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has joined The Lincoln Project as a senior adviser, becoming the latest Republican to join the ranks of the political action committee that has become notorious for its television ads criticizing President Donald Trump.
Steele — the former chair of the Republican National Committee who served as Maryland’s lieutenant governor under then-Gov. Bob Ehrlich from 2003 to 2007 — has been a vocal critic of the Republican president throughout his administration.
In 2018, Steele, who was the first Black man in Maryland to serve in a statewide office as well as the first Black chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Trump is racist and has continued to criticize the Trump administration in various media appearances.
In a statement, Steele wrote that Trump has “devolve[d] into preying upon fears and resentments with narcissism that nurtures only chaos and confusion.”
“Leadership is needed now more than ever and I am proudly committed to resetting the course of our nation, standing once again for the future of my Party; and working with The Lincoln Project to help restore the purpose for sitting in that chair,” Steele wrote.
In a news release, Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson said Steele “is a singularly insightful and effective political leader.”
“Many principled Republicans have rejected Trump and Trumpism, but few with such a remarkable track record of electoral success,” Wilson wrote. “Michael is the man largely responsible for engineering the Republican victories of 2010, and ushering the party into the digital age.”
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