Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said this week that the party would stand behind former President Donald Trump regardless of the outcome of several court cases currently against him in local and federal court.
During a CNN interview, the party chairwoman said that the party would back Trump, if nominated. When asked by host Dana Bash if that included if Trump was a “convicted criminal,” McDaniel said yet.
The RNC head said, “as party chair, I’ll support who the voters choose and yes, if they choose Donald Trump. The voters look at this and think this is a two-tiered system of justice. They don’t believe a lot of the things coming out of this.”
McDaniel added that the party was currently doing its best “to make sure we’re getting our candidates visibility as we’re taking on Biden.”
She cited increasing prices and the nation’s current issues. ” “They want to see our party fight for them, and they want to see us win in November,” she said.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said the committee would support former President Trump as the 2024 GOP presidential nominee if voters were to choose him, even if he were convicted of a crime. https://t.co/NuUboUXJ4J
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McDaniel also addressed criticism directed at her by 2024 presidential candidate, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
During last week’s Republican presidential debate, Ramaswamy said that the GOP had become a “party of losers” and that it suffered from a “cancer” from within its own establishment.
“Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost 2018, 2020, 2022, [the] red wave that never came. We got trounced last night in 2023,”
The candidate referred to weaker-than-expected Republican performance in several recent elections. On Tuesday, Republican candidates were unable to flip the Virginia state legislature. In addition, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) lost in his challenge against Gov. Andy Beshear (D).
Ramaswamy called for “accountability in our party.” He referred to McDaniel by name, stating that if she wanted to come onto the debate stage and “look the GOP voters in the eye and tell them you resign, I will yield my time to you.”
After the criticism, McDaniel said that she wasn’t seeking public office and that instead the party should “focus on Joe Biden and beating the Democrats.”