Amidst controversy surrounding excessive spending and criticism over the GOP’s losses under her leadership, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel has been under increasing pressure to resign in recent months.
Late Tuesday, the news broke that she has informed President Trump of her decision to step down from the position following the upcoming South Carolina primary election.
🔥🚨BREAKING NEWS: Ronna McDaniel, Chairwoman of The Republican Party is resigning. pic.twitter.com/DGMDW1U77b— Dom Lucre | Breaker of Narratives (@dom_lucre) February 7, 2024
President Trump had this is to say on February 5:
Things are looking great in the Presidential Race of 2024 against Crooked Joe Biden. We have Leads, in many cases substantial, in virtually every Head-to-Head Poll. The Primary seems to be over, but I’ll be going to South Carolina next week to finish off a very unpopular Candidate. On Thursday, I’m heading to Nevada for the Nevada Caucus, where there are 26 Delegates – Hopefully, we’ll get most of them. In my successful run in 2016, the State of Michigan really came through – First time in Decades that it was won by a Republican, and it was headed up by my friend Ronna McDaniel. Ronna is now Head of the RNC, and I’ll be making a decision the day after the South Carolina Primary as to my recommendations for RNC Growth.
Two sources familiar with the situation disclosed that Ronna McDaniel told President Trump that she intends to resign following the South Carolina primary on Feb 24, 2024.
The New York Times reported that Trump is leaning towards Michael Whatley, the incumbent Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP), to assume the vacant leadership position.
From The New York Times report:
Mr. Trump is then likely to promote the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Michael Whatley, as her replacement, according to several people familiar with the discussions. Under the arcana of the committee’s rules, however, Mr. Trump cannot simply install someone. A new election must take place, and Mr. Whatley could face internal party dissent.
Ms. McDaniel has faced months of pressure, a campaign from Trump-allied forces to unseat her and growing dissatisfaction and anxiety in the Trump camp about the strained finances of the R.N.C. as the general election cycle begins early.
Since Ronna (Romney) McDaniel assumed leadership of the GOP in 2017, Republicans have faced a string of electoral defeats, including losses in eight gubernatorial races, three Senate seats, 19 House seats, and a presidential election.
A thorough investigation conducted by RedState has uncovered troubling revelations about the spending habits of the Republican National Committee (RNC) during chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s tenure, highlighting a concerning trend of expenditures on non-essential items.
This report emerges more than a year after an initial exposé revealed the allocation of millions in donor funds toward luxury goods and high-end entertainment.
Drawing from Federal Elections Commission (FEC) records, the latest financial scrutiny compares the RNC’s spending with that of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from October 20, 2022, to November 30, 2023. The findings reveal a significant difference in financial priorities between the two parties.
The RNC has outspent the DNC on items such as floral arrangements, consultants, office supplies, and limousine services.
In contrast, the DNC has directed substantially more resources toward critical areas such as voter file maintenance, Get Out The Vote (GOTV) texting campaigns, and support for state parties—essential elements traditionally crucial for electoral success.