Published November 11, 2009
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele says some white Republicans are scared of him because he's black.
During a weekend appearance on cable TV One's "Washington Watch," Steele agreed with an assertion made by the show's black host, Roland Martin, that "white Republicans are scared of black folks."
"You're absolutely right. I mean I've been in the room and they've been scared of me and I'm like, 'I'm on your side,' so I can imagine going out there talking to someone like you," he said, referring to Martin's liberal credentials.
The comments were the latest provocative remarks made by Steele since he became the head of the RNC earlier this year. He has landed in hot water for comments on abortion and how to appeal to minority voters. He also had to back off of criticism of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, whom he called an "entertainer" who uses "incendiary" and "ugly" rhetoric.
On Sunday, Steele went on to say that the successful gubernatorial campaigns of Chris Christie in New Jersey and Bob McDonnell in Virginia opened a door for race relations "because they went in and engaged," noting that Sheila Johnson, the billionaire co-founder of BET worked on McDonnell's team.
"That was a big deal and that's because he engaged her and she helped navigate him through that relationship," he said.
On Wednesday, Veterans Day, no one was available at the RNC for comment to FoxNews.com about Steele's remarks.