03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Steele Lashes Out: Critics Should 'Get a Life,' 'Shut Up'

Michael Steele has a message for Republicans criticizing his leadership: Shut up.

"I tell them to get a life," he told ABC News Radio on Thursday. "If you don't want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way."

The Republican National Committee chairman is under fire for saying that the GOP can't take back the House in 2010 -- and that the party isn't even ready to lead. And donors are upset with Steele for giving paid speeches and promoting a book while leading the party.

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