RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel has reportedly offered to resign and step down from her position after Donald Trump turned the political pressure on her.
McDaniel has already had her seat challenged once and was quickly voted back in, but Trump has suggested that he wants her out, and there are indications that, behind the scenes, his party is complying.
McDaniel has vocally supported Trump, even taking the position that Nikki Haley should drop out of the primary when a party Chair might be expected to maintain at least an appearance of impartiality. However, she has taken a lot of the blame for the Republican party’s struggles since Trump was elected in 2016.
Now, it’s been reported that for months she’s considered stepping down from her post – which she took as Trump became president in 2017. And a private conversation with Trump may have cemented this.
If she does resign, it isn’t expected to happen until after the South Carolina primaries later this month. The Washington Post reported:
“The decision came as she visited Mar-a-Lago and met with Trump on Monday, but the situation remained fluid, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal private discussions.”
This was one day after Trump said in an interview that there would be “changes” made, saying that McDaniel had done alright “initially.” However, it was also the same day he posted on social media referring to her as his “friend,” which may be an indicator of how agreeable McDaniel was to terms of resignation. He wrote:
“In my successful run in 2016, the State of Michigan really came through – First time in Decades that it was won by a Republican, and it was headed up by my friend Ronna McDaniel. Ronna is now Head of the RNC, and I’ll be making a decision the day after the South Carolina Primary as to my recommendations for RNC Growth.”
As Trump emphasized in the aforementioned interview, he’s not in charge of the RNC, but he still holds massive control over the Republican party, so his “recommendations for RNC growth” may still amount to a mandate.
When Ronna was challenged previously, Harmeet Dhillon and Mike Lindell competed for her seat, and Lindell has said he’d try for it again so that he can use the resources available to “secure these elections.” Last year he received 4 votes, with McDaniel taking 111, and Dhillon receiving 51.
Below, Trump says there will be changes at the RNC:
Trump on Ronna McDaniel at RNC: There will probably be some changes made pic.twitter.com/nS6y6BZtTB
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 4, 2024
Here, Lindell says he’d be the RNC Chair if Trump asked him to:
Mike Lindell is ready to take over for Ronna as the next RNC Chair. pic.twitter.com/WF8RmAKLst
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) February 7, 2024
Stay tuned for further developments.
Steph Bazzle is a news writer who covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph. Sign up for all of her stories to be delivered to your inbox here: