Amid a string of Republican losses in the political world, discontent has steadily grown against Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, with some calling on the chairwoman to resign.
Ramaswamy’s effort has unearthed a deep well of discontent with Ms. McDaniel’s performance as chair — particularly among former President Donald Trump’s MAGA grassroots voters. https://t.co/NmmSAgeVoH
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 16, 2023
Several Republicans have pointed the finger at McDaniel for the GOP’s recent losses. In November 2023, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) accused the RNC of not having a “cohesive message.” Republican presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy has also been an outspoken critic of McDaniel and has even started an online petition to oust her.
Reports have shown that former President Donald Trump, who endorsed McDaniel in January 2023 for RNC chair, has begun to lose support for the chairwoman.
McDaniel had faced off against California attorney Harmeet Dhillon and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
A GOP strategist said that many are concerned the RNC isn’t doing enough heading into a crucial presidential election in 2024.
“What concerns donor and activists is that the RNC is not focused as much as it should be on turning out voters, chasing ballots in the general election,” the strategist claimed. “That is where everyone thinks the RNC is coming up short.”
After she was reelected to a fourth term as chairwoman of the RNC, McDaniel said she’d heard the concerns of many but emphasized the need for unity going into the 2024 election.
“We need all of us. We heard you, grassroots. We know. We heard Harmeet, we heard Mike Lindell. But with us united and all of us going together, the Democrats are going to hear us in 2024 when we take back the White House and the Senate,” McDaniel said at the time.
McDaniel’s tenure as RNC chair is in great jeopardy, given the outburst of criticism she has faced.
During the third Republican presidential primary debate in Miami, Florida, Ramaswamy grilled McDaniel over her leadership at the RNC, blaming it for the GOP’s losses.
“We’ve become a party of losers at the end of the day,” the presidential hopeful said. “We have to have accountability in our party. For that matter, Ronna, if you want to come on stage tonight and look the GOP voters in the eye and tell them you resign, I will turn over, yield my time to you.”
Upon the debate’s conclusion, McDaniel addressed Ramaswamy’s comments, saying he “needs a headline,” given his low poll numbers.
Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) has also voiced dissatisfaction with the RNC’s current leadership.
“The RNC became a very important part of winning elections,” the Arkansas governor said.
“I’m not seeing that right now. It seems like that we raise money, but we don’t raise that much. But we don’t have a message.”