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 February 5, 2024

Trump talks RNC's future, possible end for Ronna McDaniel

In a recent interview on Fox News's Sunday Morning Futures, former President Donald Trump hinted at potential changes within the Republican National Committee (RNC), suggesting that modifications might be on the horizon regarding Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Trump, the prominent figure in the Republican Party, asserted that he currently has "nothing to do" with the RNC but expressed a nuanced view of McDaniel's performance.

The interview

Host Maria Bartiromo posed the question about McDaniel's effectiveness in her role, prompting Trump to reflect on her past achievements.

He acknowledged McDaniel's success in running Michigan during his 2016 presidential campaign, stating, "I think she did great when she ran Michigan for me. I think she did OK, initially, in the RNC. I would say right now, there'll probably be some changes made."

This revelation comes in the wake of the RNC's release of its final Federal Election Commission filing for 2023, revealing the party's most lackluster fundraising since 2013, adjusted for inflation.

Reports indicate that Trump's dissatisfaction may stem from the Republican Party's underwhelming performances in the 2020, 2022, and 2023 elections. Despite Trump's prior endorsement of McDaniel, his recent comments suggest a reassessment of her leadership.

Trump's prediction

Trump, known for his candid remarks, has both praised and criticized McDaniel in the past. After her successful reelection in January 2023, Trump commended it as a "big WIN."

The recent interview signals a potential shift in tone, possibly fueled by the RNC's financial struggles and Democrats' considerable financial advantage heading into the new year.

The RNC did exhibit a financial uptick in the new year, raising nearly $12 million in January, surpassing any single month's total in 2023. However, the contrast in fundraising between the two major parties may be a pivotal factor influencing Trump's public stance.

The coming convention

A potential change in RNC leadership could hold significant ramifications, especially with the Republican National Convention scheduled for July.

As Trump continues his efforts to secure the GOP presidential nomination, having already won the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, the dynamics within the RNC gain heightened significance in the broader context of the party's future direction.

The former president's comments hint at an evolving landscape within the Republican Party as it navigates the challenges posed by electoral outcomes and fundraising disparities. McDaniel's future may be limited by a Trump win, something many conservatives are counting on following the 2024 election.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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