RNC Chair Faces Growing Republican Criticism, Calls to Resign

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel continues to face growing criticism over how she’s leading the GOP, which has led to backlash from her previous supporters and calls for her resignation. Critics of McDaniel say that she’s the reason why Republicans haven’t won in many recent elections.

Though McDaniel is no stranger to Republican backlash, the mounting criticism she faces has reached new heights, according to many political analysts. Just earlier this year, McDaniel easily won her reelection for her spot as the RNC’s chair, even though she faced two major challengers.

However, some of the support McDaniel had in January has simmered. Reports have surfaced that former President Donald Trump, who previously used to back McDaniel, has become “increasingly sour” toward her.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is the latest big-name Republican to publicly criticize the GOP under McDaniel’s leadership. Last month, Huckabee stated that he felt the RNC lacked a “cohesive message,” which has led to these election cycle losses recently.

“The RNC became a very important part of winning elections,” Huckabee said. “I’m not seeing that right now. It seems like that we raise money, but we don’t raise that much. But we don’t have a message.”

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has openly called for McDaniel to resign from her post as chair. At the third GOP presidential debate, Ramaswamy said, “We’ve become a party of losers at the end of the day. We have to have accountability in our party.”

In response to Ramaswamy’s call for her resignation, McDaniel said that the presidential candidate just “needs a headline.”

Criticism of McDaniel has grown over the past year, though anger within the GOP increased after recent election losses in Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia last month.

However, some Republicans continue to support McDaniel and believe the party’s issues aren’t because of her leadership but are rather a result of a split and changing party. Other McDaniel supporters think that Republicans will perform better once they have one presidential candidate they can all get behind.

Once a GOP presidential nominee is chosen, these supporters also believe that donations to the party will increase — as recent reporting revealed RNC donations had greatly fallen.

Veteran GOP strategist Doug Heye believes that McDaniel’s criticism should be directed at the party as a whole, not just the RNC chair. “That Republicans have had some disappointing cycles over the past few years to me is no reflection on Ronna McDaniel or the RNC.”

Heye continued, “It’s a reflection on how the party has changed over the past few years under Donald Trump and the real growing pains by which I mean how painful it is for the party to try and grow as it’s gone through these changes.”