Ex-RNC chair Michael Steele endorses Biden: ‘We are blinded by our partisanship’

Despite being a leading Republican, Michael Steele has been open about his feelings about the Trump presidency.

The support for Joe Biden is pouring in on both sides of the aisle.

The former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has decided to vote for Biden. On Tuesday, Steele told CNN why Biden is getting his vote over Donald Trump.

Steele said one major characteristic he is looking for in a Presidential candidate is character.

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“The country right now is evaluating what kind of leadership it needs right now to move into the future,” Steele said, adding, “the individual who brings the character to the table and is willing to take a risk on behalf of the American people.”

Steele was the first African American elected as the chair of the RNC and the first African American to hold a statewide office as lieutenant governor in Maryland in 2003.

He says he and Biden disagree on a lot but when it comes to values, they are on the same page,

Michael Steele (Getty Images)

“Although vice president Biden and I disagree on some policy points, I believe he will earnestly pursue options that work towards healing the divide exacerbated by Trump and his administration,” said Steele. “My support for Biden is because we share an everlasting loyalty to what is ultimately best for our nation.”

In August, Steele joined the Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans and like-minded individuals working to remove Trump from office.

Steele addressed his alliance with the group in a statement that read:

“Many of Donald Trump’s supporters bring legitimate concerns to the table. During my time leading the GOP, I endeavored to address these and other grievances through the lens of unity and growth. But Trump has energized the party through the exact opposite means — by focusing on stoking division and eroding our core principles.”

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Steele left his position at the RNC in 2011 and since then, he’s been vocal about his disdain for Trump. In April, per the The Washington Post he said, “America, in some respects, has been abused by this president.”

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