Democrats Fume Over RNC’s New Leaders

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( – Last Friday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) made a decisive move by electing Michael Whatley and Lara Trump as its new chair and co-chair. This decision underscores former President Trump’s profound influence over the RNC’s direction as he eyes the upcoming November elections.

The election took place in Houston during the RNC’s leadership meetings, signaling a strategic shift away from the previous chair, Ronna McDaniel, who stepped down amidst disagreements with Trump during the primary season.

Michael Whatley, taking the helm, committed to prioritizing voter mobilization and ballot security. He emphasized the critical role the RNC will play in the forthcoming elections, aiming to re-elect Donald J. Trump as president, secure a Republican majority in the Senate, and expand their presence in the House of Representatives. Whatley, a staunch Trump supporter with previous roles including chair of the North Carolina GOP and RNC general counsel, has been vocal about “election integrity,” echoing Trump’s disputed claims of election fraud in 2020.

In his efforts to safeguard elections, Whatley has highlighted his initiative to enlist attorneys and poll watchers in North Carolina, expressing caution towards mail-in and absentee voting without stringent voter ID laws. With the November elections on the horizon, it’s anticipated that Trump might push the RNC towards challenging the outcomes, mirroring his actions post-2020 election.

Lara Trump, stepping in as co-chair, will primarily focus on fundraising efforts. The RNC has recently fallen behind the Democrats in fundraising, a concern as the general election campaign approaches. Highlighting the urgency of fundraising, Lara Trump celebrated an early success with a substantial donation and stressed the need for the GOP to adapt strategies like promoting early voting.

Despite the challenges, Lara Trump has vowed to use every resource available to support Trump’s re-election bid. Trump’s dominance in the GOP primaries and his likely nomination as the presumptive nominee sets the stage for a significant collaboration between his campaign and the RNC, enhancing their joint fundraising and resource-sharing capabilities.

A looming question is whether the RNC will cover Trump’s legal expenses, given his current legal challenges, including 91 felony charges and a significant civil fraud penalty. However, top advisers and RNC members have shown reluctance to use party funds for these legal battles, marking a contentious issue within the party’s ranks.

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