(LibertySociety.com) – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has faced severe backlash since the 2020 presidential election. Voters have called for her to resign from the position on many occasions. Lawyer Harmeet Dillon challenged McDaniel for the position back in January but McDaniel ultimately prevailed. After a dismal performance by Republicans in Virginia’s recent elections, 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called for McDaniel to resign during the 3rd GOP presidential debate on November 8. He blamed McDaniel for the losses Republicans have incurred since she was elected to the position in 2017.
Responding to a question about Ramaswamy’s comments, McDaniel claimed that he “needs a headline” because he is so far behind in the polls. She said that the Republicans were able to win back the House and investigate the dealings of the Biden family because of the work of the RNC under her leadership. She criticized the Republicans for continuously attacking each other instead of focusing on beating President Biden in 2024. Critics of Ramaswamy have accused him of attacking McDaniel for attention and as a way to present himself as an outsider to the establishment Republican Party. Ramaswamy has self-identified as such and likely welcomes the characterization in media reports.
Ramaswamy doubled down in his efforts to assign blame to McDaniel when he announced on November 16 that he had started a petition to remove McDaniel from her position. In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Ramaswamy posted a link to a website where voters could sign a petition for her removal. He called for accountability for past losses and said that he had grown tired of “this Republican Establishment that has made us a party of losers.”
The field of Republican candidates has been shrinking with each passing week. Former Vice President Mike Pence and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott ended their campaigns, leaving former President Donald Trump, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the race. Ramaswamy is holding steady between six and eight percent in most recent polls.
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