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RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel Reportedly Stepping Down

To put it politely, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has not had the most successful chairmanship. That could be finally be catching up with her, as The New York Times reported on Tuesday night that she’s planning to step down after the South Carolina Republican Primary on February 24. The report cites “two people familiar with the plans.” The report also noted that “Ms. McDaniel had been considering leaving before the end of her term for some time, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.”

From there, former and potentially future President Donald Trump is looking to replace McDaniel with the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Michael Whatley, although it may not be so simple.

As the report adds:

Mr. Trump is then likely to promote the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Michael Whatley, as her replacement, according to several people familiar with the discussions. Under the arcana of the committee’s rules, however, Mr. Trump cannot simply install someone. A new election must take place, and Mr. Whatley could face internal party dissent.

Mr. Trump likes Mr. Whatley for one overwhelming reason, according to people who have discussed him with the former president: He is “a stop the steal guy,” as one of the people described him. He endorses Mr. Trump’s false claims about mass voter fraud and Mr. Trump believes he did a good job delivering North Carolina, a 2020 swing state, to him.

Mr. Whatley has baselessly claimed that election security efforts from Republicans in North Carolina stopped Democrats from cheating. He is also currently the general counsel at the Republican National Committee and has endorsed efforts to develop new voting laws.

A lobbying campaign against Mr. Whatley as Ms. McDaniel’s replacement has begun even before her departure was official, with some R.N.C. members saying another pick could be a smoother choice for Mr. Trump.

Although The New York Times report does not mention coverage from our sister site of RedState and its managing editor, Jennifer Van Laar, her exclusive coverage about RNC spending under McDaniel’s chairmanship was reportedly discussed during the RNC winter meeting held in Las Vegas last week.

“Sources within the meeting told RedState that McDaniel ‘ranted’ about RedState’s story and enlisted standing Budget Committee Chair Christine Toretti to send an email purporting to ‘debunk’ RedState’s reporting to the members of the 168 and members of the press,” Van Laar noted in her coverage from Tuesday night, which included links to all of her previous reporting about the RNC.

Van Laar also reported on Tuesday about the meeting Trump had with McDaniel at Mar-a-Lago and McDaniel’s Chief of Staff Mike Reed announcing that he would be stepping down at the end of the month.

McDaniel, who has had Trump’s backing before, has served as chairwoman since January 2017. Republicans then went on to lose the House in 2018, as well as the presidency and Senate in 2020. They just narrowly won back the House in 2022, and also failed to gain back the Senate. Republicans have seen a net loss of seven governorships as well.

Despite long-term concerns about McDaniel and a challenge from Harmeet Dhillon, McDaniel was once again chosen as the chair of the RNC at last year’s winter meeting.

The RNC did not respond to a request for comment from The New York Times, while Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump noted in a statement that “Any speculation beyond the president’s post on Truth is just that — speculation.”

Miller was likely referring to a TruthSocial post that Trump made on Monday evening that mentioned McDaniel and how Trump will “be making a decision the day after the South Carolina Primary as to my recommendations for RNC Growth.”

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  • Louis Galmarini says:

    Although I find it hard to believe ONE person can install such a position, (no matter who), I also want to know what Truth Press means by:

    “He endorses Mr. Trump’s false claims about mass voter fraud…”.

    Let’s talk FACTS: If ANYONE still believes the 2020 election wasn’t RIGGED AND STOLEN, they’re either incorrigibly/hopelessly apathetic, too ignorant to understand, or so mentally ill, they can’t cognitively figure it out.

    • Fireplug69 says:

      My thoughts exactly. WTF is going on with Truth?Press!

    • Boycotter says:

      Yes Louis, that was rigged and they are in the process of rigging the next several elections. Truth should stop with that bullshit.
      Ronna and Neocon Nimarata Haley can GTFO !

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      • David says:

        Some of those i knew and do the same as you others i was not aware of thanks for sharing. Boy is our country screwed up by all these woke assholes. sad.

    • KT says:

      It was a block quote from the New York Slimes, not Truth Press.

    • David says:

      Fully Agree the dems truly plan to do it again they cant win any other way

  • Leon Redbone says:

    Who’s the idiot who wrote this piece? Whoever it is doesn’t believe the Democrats stole the election in 2020. Are you kidding me? We had thousands upon thousands of people attending Trump rallies in 2020. He had just finishe 4 years of Peace, Prosperity, and Security. He was a shoo-in. Until the Dems came up with the Scamdemic and twisted every states laws into allowing mail-in votes. Long story short, you’re trying to tell me that this clown who never left his basement and can’t put two sentences together, and stumbles around like a demented old fool got 13 million more votes then the Democrat Messiah, Barry the divider Obama? I don’t think so. The Dems think old Barry walks on water and he got 68 million votes. The vegetable got 81 million. Yeah, you keep believing that. I got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

  • Slim says:

    Adios, to bad it took so long.

  • David says:

    Don’t really care if she steps down or not, I stopped donating to the RNC because they have to many RINO’s and they are not doing anything about it! Now I donate to the INDVIDUAL! not the Party!

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