Ronna McDaniel Facing Criticism From GOP

The criticisms of Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel continue to grow as the next major election cycle draws closer.

After major losses in the 2018 midterm elections, the 2020 presidential election, and the 2022 midterm election — a cycle where Republicans were originally projected to make huge gains — McDaniel has become the target of the GOP’s ire.

Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor of Arkansas and one-time GOP presidential candidate, last month said that the RNC didn’t have a “cohesive message” to share with prospective voters. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, another GOP presidential candidate, has even tried to remove McDaniel from her post.

Former President Donald Trump — the far-and-away leader in the GOP primary and a former supporter of McDaniel’s — has even become unhappy with her leadership in recent times.

With all of this playing out in public headlines, some within the GOP who are concerned about how it all looks for the party’s prospects at the polls with the all-important 2024 election cycle looming less than a year away.

“What concerns donors and activists is that the RNC is not focused as much as it should be on turning out voters, chasing ballots in the general election,” a GOP strategist told The Hill this week.

McDaniel won a fourth term as the chair of the RNC in January, over challengers Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, and Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer from California.

While the contest wasn’t much of a sweat for McDaniel, as she had more than twice the number of votes of any other challenger, controversy still was present. The state GOPs in both Washington and Nebraska endorsed Dhillon, and the Republican parties in Texas and Alabama didn’t throw their support behind McDaniel.

McDaniel has acknowledged some of the concerns that her critics have levied against her, promising to work on things. At the same time, she’s called for unity from within the GOP heading into the 2024 presidential election.

“With us united and all of us going together, the Democrats are going to hear us in 2024 when we take back the White House and the Senate,” she said in January after she was re-elected.