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

Steele condemns violence against members of Congress

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Nick

    He incited it and now he condemns it. You guys should realize you are realizing the fruits of what you sow. I hope you sleep well.

    March 26, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. J

    How can he condemn the violence and in the same statement charge that Democrats have "abused their power." No, they haven't, and that's exactly what the Democrats are complaining about when they say the Republicans are fanning the flames.

    March 26, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  3. rosse

    YOU better get lost, this is what we ( American people )want, you and other GOP( un- american ) will lose in November. GO OBAMA

    March 26, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  4. Disgusted Democrat

    Somebody please take this clown out of his misery!!

    March 26, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. stevetall

    Get a real job, Mike. You're doing pretty poorly in helping to make politics civil again.

    March 26, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  6. anonymous

    So the Republican response to a huge up tick in violence is to bury "But resorting to violent measures is exactly the wrong way to send a message" inside a paragraph denouncing the Democrats?

    March 26, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. Trevor R

    Aren't extreme conservatives the root of most problems in the Middle East? Isn't the behavior being exhibited by the extreme conservatives here in our own country a form of homeland terrorism? This is disheartening to me. I cannot stand by tactics that do not respect the safety of our governing officials with differing opinions; who provide his or her vote for the majority voice of his or her district. How can I respect those who claim to fight for the values that our country was established, when there is no discrediting of these terrorist-like behaviors? Please stop allowing this "homeland terrorism" to continue by the minority "conservative extremists" and please start behaving like the mature, educated adults we thought we voted into office, for the people's sake and the integrity of our country.

    March 26, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  8. Sue

    You are right as usual Mr. Steele.

    Unfortunately for the Democrats---the majority in the country are not as blind, deaf, clueless, and gullible as the Obama drones (Republicans, the majority of Independents, and moderate Democrats).

    The Democrats are going to get clobbered in November-–with the majority of Independents voting with the Republicans AGAINST the Democrats-–just like what happened in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

    March 26, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. George

    About time chrome dome

    March 26, 2010 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  10. willard bullock

    I am belived that congression demorctor are keep cheat cheat
    You know that God will be hell the world

    March 26, 2010 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. Dixon

    Do these Republicans ever say anything that wasn't cleared by the party of no. The republican party seems to always say the exact same things, almost word for word.

    March 26, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  12. Terry From Iowa

    I’m one of those angry American’s and I am angry at those that have put politics above the interest of their constituents, the economy and this country. I’m angry at those who lie through their teeth for political gain. I’m angry at those who condemn violence, yet all their behavior promotes it. I’m angry at Steele, Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Limbaugh, Beck, Palin and the like. Just count the commandments the lot of them have defiled. They are no different than Hitler’s propaganda machine. They are the American Taliban, the scourge of our society; anti-American and anti-God.
    Violence is not the answer as they will answer to God. I pray for their souls.

    March 26, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  13. ServingToProtectFreedoms

    As angry as I am because Congress continues to disregard the opinions of the citizens of this nation along with efforts to slide reduction in education loans under the disguise of healthcare, I do not condone violence. Nor do I condone the Democratic strategy of blaming Republicans. The fact is liberal media, congressmen, and the administration perpetuated this lie that the nation was behind this bill. If that was the case, why didn't all the Democrats support the bill, why is the country so angry to the point of violence.
    These violent actions are not justified, but this is a lesson for the administration and Democratic party: better start listening to your constituents and quit pointing fingers at everyone who doesn't succumb to the Chicago-style strong-arming politics and threats. They are simply exercising their right to stand for their principles and are strong and steadfast enough to not cave in. They shouldn't be punished, or strong armed, they should be praised.

    March 26, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  14. Victor

    Where was the anger when we were led into the Iraq debacle?

    March 26, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  15. I'm thinking the tea-party might be a bad thing.

    A first-grader will tell hist class-mates the same thing, Michael.

    March 26, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  16. anthony

    A little CYA just incase the many nut jobs take his talk of "anti american" and "government take over" or "unconstitutional" too seriously and actually take up a "fight". All of which are false and inflamatory. Its a little late there was a whole year of this "socialism" talk and his people saying dems are taking peoples freedom and liberty away. His party created this heat and hatred the results of which will indeed be their fault.

    March 26, 2010 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  17. GOP... You have awaken a SLEEPING GIANT...

    Yes We Can!!!

    Fired Up...READY TO GO!!!

    March 26, 2010 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  18. Sandy J

    How can this idiot speak against violence – didn't he release a photo of Nancy Pelosi surrounded by flames? What was that – a Sunday school picture? Steele needs to go back to the kitchen – fry chicken and make potatoe salad and while he's in there maybe he can study for and pass the Bar exam...................................

    March 26, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  19. Larry

    The GOP is so completely twisted

    I feel like I'm watching an episode of the Twilight Zone

    The only people that are angry over health care are, Republicans, Insurance companies and the uneducated

    The rest of us see the value of what this means to America, as well the Republicans are the ones who shall pay in November

    The Party Of NO ... INTELLIGENCE !!!!!

    March 26, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  20. Richard

    Does Steele think the Dems were not elected? Does he think the Congress did not debate and then vote?

    March 26, 2010 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  21. Preston kathy

    Russ limbum is in sane and you are no better you and your party are sick

    March 26, 2010 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  22. Bob True American

    Too little, too late Steele. Your party is the party of right wing wackos and spurred on by likes of you Boener, Cantor and many others. Real Americans will remember this come November!

    March 26, 2010 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
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