Joe Scarborough in 2009: ‘Being Black Isn’t Enough’ for Michael Steele To Be RNC Chair

‘They thought we’re going to get a black guy to run our party’

Hey, Remember When Joe Scarborough Said ‘Being Black Isn’t Enough’ For Michael Steele to Be RNC Chair? (Mediaite)

It was 2009, a more innocent age. Joe Scarborough was fresh-faced and glasses-free, and it was awkward as heck when he said something entirely inappropriate about then-RNC chair Michael Steele.

Oh, wait, it’s still awkward as heck nine years later? Let’s carry on then.

The Wrap‘s Jon Levine unearthed the almost decade-old video of Scarborough mocking Steele, saying that “Republicans are learning” that “being black isn’t enough.” The video resurfaced after CPAC communications director Ian Walters said at this year’s event that Steele was only elected RNC chair “because he’s a black guy.”

Steele appeared on Morning Joe on Monday to decry remarks as indicative of the “Trumpification” of the Republican party — with Scarborough nodding along in agreement.

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