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Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has been on my “Cape Up” podcast five times. Each time, he has been clear-eyed and unsparing in his views on his party and the president. This time was no different.

We talked about what he thought the press should say to President Trump at his daily rally from the White House. “You know what I’m looking forward to … just to put it out here,” Steele told me in the latest episode of “Cape Up,” “[a] reporter stands up when the president says something like he’s done over the last few weeks and looks at the president and says, ‘Mr. President, this is my last day on the job, you are full of s--- because what you just said is a bold-faced lie to the American people.”

And Steele talked about how he thinks Trump has treated the nation during the coronavirus pandemic. “America, in some respects, has been abused by this president,” said Steele. “He doesn’t give a damn about how you feel.” To hear how Steele really feels about things, you’ll have to listen to the full interview, which contains explicit language. Listener discretion is advised.

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