Ben Steele, a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March during World War II, has died in Montana. BREAKING: WWII veteran, artist Ben Steele dies at 98 https://t.co/wGEvlxhM3e Shirley Steele told KTVQ her husband died Sunday morning. On April 9, 1942, tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces. The Americans were Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines.
Sage Steele has been replaced by Michelle Beadle on ESPN's "NBA Countdown." Steele has been with ESPN for a decade, and has been at the center of several controversies in recent months regarding her conservative political views. In January, Steele came under fire when she complained about protesters of President Donald Trump's travel ban, causing her to miss her flights. She also faced heat for abruptly ending an interview with Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler after he voiced his left-leaning political opinions at the NBA's Celebrity All-Star Game, and for criticizing NFL players' decision to kneel for the National Anthem. Most recently, Steele found herself in hot water after saying at a conference in February that the "worst racism that I have received ... is from black people."
During tonight's tumultuous debate, marked with scandals and surprise press conferences, the former Republican party chairman gave his brief reaction. Michael Steele, the former leader of the Republican National Convention, tweeted what he thought of the town hall debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, two presidential nominees who wouldn't even shake hands with each other. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump once called Bill Clinton a "victim" of his accusers There has been no love lost between Steele and the real estate magnate. A few weeks ago, Steele called Trump's accusations that Barak Obama was not born in America, "Bullshit racism." And a few days ago, after the leaked tape revealed Trump admitting to sexual assault, Steele told Mother Jones, "This is a devastating blow to the Trump campaign and to the party, and there is not much either can do to salvage it."
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Steele on Saturday challenged CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp over a group spokesman's suggestion that Steele was appointed to lead the RNC only because he is black, and Schlapp's response. The exchange occurred on a Sirius XM radio show amid the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, in Washington, D.C., and one day after CPAC Communications Director Ian Walters said: "We elected Mike Steele as chairman because he was a black guy. That was the wrong thing to do." Schlepp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, apologized for the situation and said he loved Steele and considered him a friend. However, Steele took issue with Schlapp saying that he wasn't going to "separate himself from Ian." Several minutes later, Schlapp, who, like Steele, is a Sirius satellite radio host, said, "Those words that tumbled out of his mouth, I believed were unfortunate words." Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, called the words "stupid," not "unfortunate."