Remember Charlie Kirk, the Turning Point USA Republican youth organization guy who has a cantaloupe-dimensioned face on a watermelon-sized head? (No really, google images for the name — he’s just odd looking!) Anyway, he’s attempting to flex on the RNC in ways that are roiling that already roiled organization, according to WaPo (gift link):
In a Monday email to the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, [Kirk] told them that donors and activists would desert the party unless it changed. The result, he said, would be colossal failure in the 2024 presidential election.
“How do we plan to win in 2024 if you so boldly reject listening to the grassroots, our donors, and the biggest organizations and voices in the conservative movement?” he asked in the message, which was obtained by The Washington Post. “If ignored, we will have the most stunted and muted Republican Party in the history of the conservative movement, the likes of which we haven’t seen in generations.”
The extraordinary message came in the midst of a bitter GOP leadership contest, with incumbent RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel seeking to beat back a challenge from Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney and committee member from California who has been paid for legal consulting by former president Donald Trump’s political action committee, among numerous clients. Kirk and his allies have vigorously promoted Dhillon, hosting her on various media platforms and staging a straw poll at a recent Turning Point summit in Phoenix.
There’s an intraparty slap-fight here in Florida between Dhillon and McDaniel proxies too, and I can’t quite suss out what’s behind it as it’s not breaking down across known GOP fault lines. Known by me, I mean. Maybe y’all know? Anyhoo, rooting for injuries, let us savor, etc.
ETA: I get that the GOP faithful are pissed off about underperforming in three straight cycles, but is this a pin-the-loser-tail on McDaniel thing? Because it looks like Dhillon and McDaniel are both pretty Trumpy. And he’s the loser. Is this a function of denial? A refusal to see the gigantic, loser-stinky orange elephant in the room?