In January 2023, Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected to another term as chair of the RNC, a post she’s held since Trump elevated her to it in 2017. McDaniel had opponents for the position in 2023 because rivals sensed an opening after the party suffered a string of defeats and generally underperformed during her tenure. They’re all too cowardly to blame Trump, so they blamed his stooge instead.
I was happy to see the RNC keep McDaniel in the role because she sucks at her job. But now it looks like Trump is going to throw her under the bus: (Axios)
Former President Trump, in a stunning public rebuke of a longtime ally, suggested on Fox News today that Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel should get the boot…
The RNC reported this week that it had its worst fundraising year in almost a decade last year — entering 2024 with just $8 million in cash. Trump’s comments are a sign of him flexing muscle as the de facto head of the GOP, even though the soonest he could clinch the nomination is March.
The comments also reflect growing friction between Trump and the RNC, even as McDaniel has faced criticism for publicly trying to push Nikki Haley out of the race to consolidate around Trump. A shakeup at the RNC would be extraordinary just five months before the Republican National Convention.
Prediction: shit-canning McDaniel won’t cure the RNC’s fundraising woes. Trump and affiliated PACs hoovered up tens of millions of dollars for his army of shitty lawyers last year, which might have something to do with the RNC’s short haul since there’s only so much wingnut donor cash to go around.
Also, even before his legal troubles emerged, Trump correctly identified the GOP base as dumb, slow, easy marks he could exploit for personal financial gain, so it’s reasonable to assume that’s where lots of the money is going. But of course crack reporter Maria Bartiromo wasn’t going to point that out:
“You have to understand, I have nothing to do with the RNC, I’m separate,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo.
“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 will probably be some changes made,” Trump said when asked about McDaniel.
So McDaniel is learning what every other disposable careerist and sycophant who enters The Beast’s orbit finds out: Loyalty is a one-way street, and if Trump can dodge blame by pointing a stubby orange finger at someone else, even a person who has served him with unswerving devotion, he won’t hesitate.