Ex-RNC Chief Michael Steele Paul Ryan 'So White' Interns Pic ... Yeah, That's a Problem

7/19/2016 12:50 PM PDT

Michael Steele was RNC Chairperson for 2 years -- and the first African-American in the seat -- so he has a great take on Paul Ryan's whitewashed shot of mostly Republican Capitol Hill interns.

Steele, who lead the RNC from 2009 to 2011, is in Cleveland and our guy, Colin, asked him about the Speaker of the House's group selfie that went viral ... due to its intense lack of diversity.

Check it out -- at first, he claimed there's a "significant number" of interns of color on the Hill, but Steele had not seen Ryan's pic. You gotta see his reaction when we reveal it!

Shoulda put on your shades, Michael.