Donald Trump is still the leader of the Republican Party.
On personnel and policy matters, what Trump says goes in most cases.
And Donald Trump is about to make one resignation ultimatum that will turn the GOP upside down.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is facing increasing scrutiny for the Party’s performance in elections since she took over the Committee in 2017.
Trump endorsed McDaniel to succeed Reince Priebus as she chaired the Michigan GOP during the 2016 campaign.
But the GOP’s disappointing performance in the 2023 election – where Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear won re-election and Democrats flipped control of the Virginia House of Delegates while maintaining their majority in the State Senate – led to a number of Trump advisors telling him that it was time to ask McDaniel to resign.
“Trump has been hearing from allies within his party who believe McDaniel’s leadership at the RNC is to blame for the party’s struggles, according to people familiar with the matter. They want Trump to pressure McDaniel to resign,” CNBC reported.
“Several of the people lobbying the former President to turn on McDaniel also encouraged Trump not to publicly support Rep. Kevin McCarthy earlier this year, as the California Republican fought a losing battle to save his speakership,” CNBC added.
Trump’s allies compared forcing McDaniel out to when he didn’t intercede when conservatives ousted Kevn McCarthy as the Speaker of the House.
“We didn’t want McCarthy, and then months later we lobbied the President to not save McCarthy,” CNBC reported a Trump ally saying. “I do think if there’s enough pressure from us and Trump, McDaniel might just decide, ‘this is humiliating,’ and step down.”
McDaniel is the GOP Chair because Trump endorsed her.
And while the Republican National Committee isn’t responsible for candidate messaging or running campaigns, McDaniel is responsible for raising money and distributing resources.
There are serious questions about McDaniel’s decision not to pour money into the Virginia state legislative races after Republicans came within 1,800 votes of flipping control of the State Senate.
McDaniel has never been a favorite of grassroots conservatives.
Few would be sad to see her go.
The question now is whether Trump will force out the woman he endorsed to run the RNC.