Trump takes over the RNC, committee agrees to his leadership choices

 March 9, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has officially taken over the Republican National Committee (RNC). 

Trump had endorsed various people to fill the committee's vacant leadership position, and, on Friday, the committee signed off on Trump's choices.

The Associate Press reports:

The Republican National Committee voted Friday to install Donald Trump’s handpicked leadership team, completing his takeover of the national party as the former president closes in on a third straight presidential nomination.

Now, Michael Whatley - the head of North Carolina's Republican Party - is going to be the RNC's new chairman, and, Lara Trump - former President Trump's daughter-in-law - is going to be the RNC's co-chair.

It was unanimous

According to the Associated Press, both Lara Trump and Whatley were unanimously elected to their RNC leadership positions on Friday.

Not all Republicans are happy about this. Some have suggested that, now, Trump is essentially going to use the RNC as his piggy bank to help him with his legal troubles. But, Whatley insists that this will not be the case.

"The RNC is going to be the vanguard of a movement that will work tirelessly every single day to elect our nominee, Donald J. Trump, as the 47th President of the United States," Whatley said on Friday.

Although Lara Trump and Whatley are co-chairs, it is Whatley who will have the top "chairman" title.

Lara Trump, according to the Associated Press, "is expected to focus largely on fundraising and media appearances."

McDaniel is gone

This all comes after Rona McDaniel - the former leader of the RNC - resigned. It has been reported that Trump played a big role in her removal. The resignation appears to have been brought about by the fact that the RNC has been struggling under McDaniel's leadership.

The New York Post reports that McDaniel gave a "tearful" exit speech on Friday.

"In her goodbye remarks, McDaniel’s voice broke as she recounted the support her husband, Patrick, has given her throughout her long reign before endorsing Whatley and Trump as chair and co-chair," the outlet reports.

McDaniel did not direct any ill will toward Trump. In fact, McDaniel insisted that, going forward, she will do everything she can to help Trump get reelected in the 2024 general election.

"President Trump deserves to have the change in place he wants in place at the RNC," McDaniel said. She added, "I will do everything possible to re-elect President Trump in November, and I ask all of you out there who worked so hard during this primary season or supported another candidate, that you come in and join me in supporting our president as well."

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