Former President Donald Trump has called for a change in leadership in the Republican National Committee (RNC), seeking to install a new roster of loyalists, including his daughter-in-law, at the helm of the party’s political machinery. While Trump has not officially secured the party’s presidential nomination, he is eager to rally Republicans behind him for a potential rematch against President Joe Biden.
Trump’s proposal includes Michael Whatley, the current chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, replacing Ronna McDaniel as RNC Chair. Additionally, Trump suggests that his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, take on the role of Vice Chair. Trump insists on the need to ensure election integrity to prevent fraud, despite there being no evidence to support his claims that fraud cost him the 2020 election.
RNC Director Ronna McDaniel has stated that she has no plans to leave the committee at least until after the South Carolina primary elections on February 24. Despite Trump’s warnings and replacement plans, McDaniel maintains that she will continue working to elect Republicans at all levels of government, with no changes until after the elections.
The possibility of changes within the RNC has sparked controversy within the party. Nikki Haley, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and prominent Republican figure, has warned against accepting Trump’s desires. Haley has criticized the party’s failures, including the failed attempt to oust the Secretary of Homeland Security and the lack of progress on border security.
Trump’s proposal for a new direction in the RNC aims to strengthen both the committee and his own campaign, particularly in terms of fundraising. The RNC has faced difficulties in this aspect, especially after Trump attempted to prohibit its use of his name and image to raise money. The proposed integration would also open the door to party donors who are skeptical about directly contributing to Trump’s campaign.
It is important to note that any changes in RNC leadership would require an in-person vote by the Republican National Committee, which is expected to take place in the spring. Under Trump’s preferred arrangement, senior advisor Chris LaCivita would retain his current role leading Trump’s campaign while also becoming the Chief Operating Officer of the RNC. Michael Whatley would take Ronna McDaniel’s position as Chair, and Lara Trump would become the Vice Chair of the committee.
In summary, Donald Trump is seeking to reshape the leadership of the Republican National Committee before officially securing the party’s presidential nomination. He is proposing Michael Whatley as Chair and Lara Trump as Vice Chair, with the aim of strengthening the RNC and his own campaign. However, any changes will require a vote by the Republican National Committee.