March 25th, 2010
08:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele condemns violence against members of Congress

Michael Steele released a statement Thursday condemning acts of violence.
Michael Steele released a statement Thursday condemning acts of violence.

Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele released a statement late Thursday condemning acts of violence and threats against members of Congress who voted for health care reform.

Steele said that if angry voters channel their frustration, Democrats who "have abused their power and disenfranchised the American people" will suffer at the ballot box in November.

Read Steele's full statement after the jump:

Statement from Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele:

"Americans across the country are understandably angered and disappointed that Democrats put politics above the interest of their constituents and the economy. But resorting to violent measures is exactly the wrong way to send a message. Instead, if we want to change the way this country is being run, we need to call our elected officials, make smart arguments and most importantly organize ourselves for the November elections. What makes America great is that we have an opportunity to channel this anger, through the peaceful transfer of power, every two years. The un-American way that Democrats have abused their power and disenfranchised the American people should and will be met by the ultimate power – an electoral avalanche in November."

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. wwf

    One, you wait until a Republican is involved. How can a bullet be shot through a window and end up next to the same window, and then you stir up the pot by bringing politics into it. It would have ment more if you have just left it as being wrong and let it go at that. But no. You had to make a political statement. Well, here is a statement. I hope every politician get voted out. Both partys.

    March 25, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Diane

    Mr. Steele, it was the Republicans who put politics before country. Your party made no effort whatsoever to forge a health care bill and we all know why. The billionair insurance companies have been your biggest supporters and you didn't want to "bite the hand that feeds you". We'll the job got done without you.

    March 25, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. Walt

    Does he not realize they want to see him gone as well????

    March 25, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. Jack Mansur Jr.

    Mr. Steele: You should condemn those dim-whitted, anti-Christian (you don't see them turning their other cheeks),terrorists. We understand they are frustrated, illiterate, ineffectual 'followers' not doers, who are incapable of articulating a possition in a possitive way, However, we can not allow them to impead not only the right but the responsibility of our legislators to alway vote their conscience on matters of important legislation. SHAME on those people AND on ANY who condon their actions! Jack Mansur Jr.

    March 25, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Perusing-through

    STEELE IS A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT

    Independent voters have bolted from the Republicans because they are appalled at the way Republicans and Tea Partiers have responded to the passage of healthcare reform.

    Latest polls show Independents drifting back to the Democrats.

    March 25, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Karol

    The recent behavior of the Republican Party and their intolerant ultra-conservative right wing, literally ensures that congressional democrats will win in 2010.

    March 25, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. JonDie

    Republicans are terrorists...just like bin Laden.

    March 25, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. John

    Not an adequate response, I think. He needs not only to wash his hands of the problem, but to take some responsibility for it. All of the Republican condemnations of Republican threats I have read so far have been full of winks and nods.

    March 25, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. normajean

    TWO LITTLE,TOO LATE. You have sunk so low in the mud, you'll never get out. Every nasty trick you've pulled has been taped and we're all watching . You're going to need a LOT of luck in 2011 and 2012. and I think your luck just ran out.

    March 25, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Ken, AZ

    Democrats did not abuse their power... republicans simply chose a losing strategy when they decided to try to bring down this president rather that do their jobs and participate in the great health care debate. I bet they'll participate in the next Finance Reform debate.

    March 25, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. L for Legend

    Steele, don't shout to your people (T-party) from afar, go to their rally and try to talk some sense to them. Don't forget that your people put politics ahead of what's reight for America (health care reform) and now you are trying to twist it around.

    March 25, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. Andy from NYC

    Republicans remind me of a Billy Martin commercial which he filmed before he died. In it he says, "I didn't punch that doggie", with a straight face.

    March 25, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. Stacey, Connecticut

    Sure Mr. Buffoon. They called their elected officials and threatened them instead of making smart arguments. The GOP are the ones who put politics above their constituents, you idiotic hypocrite! Thank you President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Harry Reid and all the courageous democrats who put the American people first. It was a long, hard fight, but the president is right, this is our victory!

    March 25, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Pat in Georgia

    It is very sad that Steele has chosen to fan the flames he purports to condemn. The violent rhetoric started during the 2008 campaign and was condoned (if not encouraged) by Steele, Palin, etc. Steele and the GOP need to tone down the hate before some wacko goes too far.

    March 25, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. Steven

    It is the GOP who has encourage violence against the citizens of this country. Time to diminish their role in government.

    March 25, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    Funny, that condemnation spends far more time condemning liberals than it does condemning violence by his own brown shirts.

    March 25, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Michael

    I think voters need to channel their anger in november also, by remembering how repuglicans left this nation after 8 yrs in leadership on the brink of economic collapse! Repuglicans left President Obama with 11 trillion dollar deficit, 1.3 trillion yearly deficit, 2 Wars, 2 nuclear conflicts, Mortgage, Auto, Wall Street, Banking, Education, and Healthcare crisis! VOTERS NEED TO MAKE SURE REPUGLICANS NEVER RETURN TO MAJORITY IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE AGAIN! JUST LIKE TEXANS SLOGAN OF "REMEMBER THE ALAMO" AMERICANS NEED TO REMEMBER THE LAST 8 YEARS UNDER REPUGLICAN LEADERSHIP!
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    March 25, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. NUMB2AMERICA'SWAYS

    Steele condemns the threats now that his party is targeted what a hypocrite

    March 25, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. HypocriCNN

    Good Job "Uncle Tom" Michael Steele, Wait Until The Arsonists Start The Fire Then Tell The People It's A Fire! With Friends Like Yourself And The Rethuglicans, Who Need Enemies!

    March 25, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. petena

    You guys started all of this. You instigate it with your behavios and language. Role models?

    March 25, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Alpha Male

    Too late Mr. Steele, your out of control loonies are loose and we are headed for a second American civil war.

    You can thank Rush and Beck and Palin for me. You supported it, and you won't be happy until the shooting starts.

    March 25, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. marklamallory

    There's a mixed message, eh? If it's "un-American" to vote as elected representatives in a democracy contrary to the views of the minority party, then why shouldn't violence be just totally okay? Funny, I thought the Democrats won the last election. Must have been dreaming.

    March 25, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. Felonious Monk

    They spend over a year whipping these conservative extremists into a frenzy and then try to deflect the responsibility!

    Shame.

    March 25, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. Black Viper

    Give this GOP law makers 6 months and they will all come back bragging about their input in the bill they all voted against.
    Do you remember the argument made on the stimulus package?
    We have heard everything on the media. Now they can' deny it's working so they are ashamed to talk about it.
    I will never vote for any hypocrite shameless lying bags.
    Democrats are not perfect but with only two to choose from I will rather go with the less evil.

    March 25, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. stephy

    ha! an eternity later...

    March 25, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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