Underfire Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said she will support former President Donald Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election, even if he’s a convicted criminal.
Trump is currently facing two federal indictments in connection to his alleged mishandling of classified documents and the January 6 protest. The former president also faces two more indictments in Georgia and Manhattan. If found guilty, Trump could potentially be running his 2020 campaign from jail. That possibility has raised concern, with many saying the scenario could cause a constitutional crisis.
McDaniel, while speaking on CNN’s Sunday broadcast of the “State of the Union,” said she would support the president regardless of his conviction if he becomes the GOP nominee for the 2024 election.
“I know this is newsworthy, but as party chair, I’ll support who the voters choose and yes, if they choose Donald Trump,” McDaniel said. “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, who is currently under enormous pressure due to Republicans losing track records in recent elections, added that the RNC’s main focus is to ensure that GOP candidates get the needed visibility as they take on President Joe Biden in next year’s election.
“We’re in a primary right now, and the RNC is doing our best to make sure we’re getting our candidates visibility as we’re taking on Biden,” McDaniel said. “This is what I hear every day, Dana. People can’t afford groceries, can’t afford to fill up their car with gas, they think the country is on the wrong track. They want to see our party fight for them, and they want to see us win in November.”
I’m sick and tired of this Republican Establishment that has made us a party of losers. Where is the accountability for years of losing: 2018, 2020, 2022 and now last night? I’m calling on @GOPChairwoman to resign tonight. pic.twitter.com/8hxVqWGlwL
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) November 9, 2023
Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy attacked McDaniel’s track record while speaking on the GOP debate stage. Ramaswamy highlighted the GOP’s woeful performance under McDaniel before asking the RNC head to resign.
Ramaswamy continued his attacks on McDaniel on Saturday, telling Breitbart News Saturday that the Republican party must hold McDaniel accountable.
“Here are the facts — and I’m not a politician, I’m a businessman — looking at this as a CEO or an investor: 2017, Ronna McDaniel takes over; 2018, loss; 2020, loss; 2022, no red wave; 2023, trouncing relative to what should have happened across this country,” Ramaswamy said. “Where’s the accountability? Obviously, this woman has to go, and if there’s no accountability in our party, then we have no standing to preach to the rest of the country about accountability and government or meritocracy elsewhere.”