Former Republican National Committee Chairperson Michael Steele and publisher Sarah Longwell will discuss the future of conservatism and the G.O.P. at an online event on March 1. Madeleine Brand, of Santa Monica-based NPR station KCRW, will moderate the discussion, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Free access to the event can be obtained by registering at Eventbrite.
In announcing his support for Joe Biden’s bid for the presidency in 2020, Steele said the Republican Party had abandoned its historic principles and become the party of Donald Trump. "It has given up its voice on things that mattered and instead bent the arc of the party towards the baser motives of one man, who is neither a Republican nor a conservative," he said. Steele also made a video for The Lincoln Project, in which he urged others to vote for Biden.
Steele chaired the Republican National Committee from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that, he had served as lieutenant governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. He has been a senior fellow at Brown University’s Institute for International and Public Affairs. He hosts a podcast.
Longwell co-founded The Bulwark, a news and opinion website, in 2018. She urged fellow Republicans not to support Trump in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. Longwell is the spokeswoman for Republicans for the Rule of Law, an organization striving "to hold all Republicans who went along with Trump's dangerous lies accountable." She also hosts a podcast called The Focus Group.
Brand is the host of KCRW’s daily news show, Press Play. She is also the co-host of the station’s legal affairs podcast, The Legal Eagle Files.
The March 1 virtual event is being hosted by two Los Angeles-based organizations, Community Advocates, Inc. and Jews United for Democracy and Justice. The organizations have hosted other online events. Videos of those talks can be found on the organizations' websites.
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