Former RNC Chairman: ‘Instead of Bringing People Through Crisis, We Are Creating It'

By Melanie Arter | October 18, 2013 | 11:24 AM EDT

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele (AP Photo)

( – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday said the GOP is creating crisis and showing people “the underbelly” of Republican leadership.

“Instead of bringing people through crisis, we are creating it for them. Instead of leading them into an idea of what a Republican leadership really looks like and how that will make a difference, we’re showing them the underbelly,” Steele said in responce to a question about impact of the government shutdown.


Steele said the nation will have to deal with the budget again in December or January.

“We’ll be back in this exact same circle doing what we do and analyzing and talking about it, but I think there’s a certain poison out there in the public though,” Steele said.

Steele said government workers felt the impact of the shutdown on a deep level, because most people live paycheck to paycheck.

“I think a lot of folks – to Cokie’s opening point – felt this deeply. There are moms and dads out there who really struggled over a two-week period. As most of us don’t like to admit, we largely live paycheck to paycheck in this country, and when you have a moment where your paycheck is taken away even for a brief period – 17 days – it has a profound impact … on real people,” he said.