In the last Republican presidential primary debate, candidate Vivek Ramaswamy offered to cede his time to Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel, saying she should announce she was stepping down from her position.
Ramaswamy said, “Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost 2018, 2020, 2022 – no red wave … We got trounced last night in 2023. And I think that we have to have accountability in our party.”
“Think about who’s moderating this debate, this should be Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, Elon Musk,” he continued. “We’d have ten times the viewership, asking questions the GOP primary voters actually care about and bringing in more people to our party. We got Kristen Welker here, you think the Democrats would actually hire Greg Gutfeld to host a Democratic debate?”
“We’ve become a party of losers … Think about who’s moderating the debate. This should be Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, and Elon Musk.”
— Asked why voters should pick him over Trump, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy goes after RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, the media, and NBC moderators. pic.twitter.com/GJiwS6scsT
— The Recount (@therecount) November 9, 2023
Ramaswamy added, seemingly laying blame for who was chosen to moderate on McDaniel, “The fact of the matter, and Kristen I’m gonna use this time ’cause this is actually about you and the media and the corrupt media establishment, ask you the Trump-Russia collusion hoax that you pushed on this network for years — was that real? Or was that Hillary Clinton made up disinformation? Answer the question. Go.”
And Vivek hasn’t stopped there.
From the Washington Times on Wednesday:
Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy rolled out a “Fire Ronna” petition website Wednesday, a week after inviting Ms. McDaniel onto the candidates debate stage last week in Miami so she could announce her resignation after another disappointing election cycle for the party.
“I am sick and tired of this Republican establishment that has made us a party of losers,” Mr. Ramaswamy, whose nomination hopes have been fading, said in a statement. “I’m asking grassroots conservatives across the nation to join me so she can feel the power of the people. It’s time to stop the culture of surrender and losing. Resign, Ronna!”
I am sick & tired of this Republican Establishment that has made us a party of losers. Where is the accountability for years of losing: 2018, 2020, 2022 and now 2023? A week ago on the GOP Debate stage, I called on Ronna Romney McDaniel to resign. Now, I’m asking grassroots…
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) November 15, 2023
Where’s Trump On This?
The Times continued, “People inside the Republican Party establishment are feeling the heat, and Mr. Trump, a top McDaniel booster, is uncharacteristically tight-lipped.”
Perhaps so for the former President, but his supporters have other ideas.
“There seems to be some noise being generated now concerning Ronna, and to me, it is all driven by the Trump folks,’ said an RNC official speaking privately about the rumblings behind the scenes,” the report added. “You would not be hearing all this noise unless Mr. Trump was on board with it,’ the official said before warning that the timing could prove challenging.”
During Ramaswamy’s rundown of McDaniel at the debate, she reportedly sat in the audience and vowed that he would not be getting any money from the RNC.
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) November 9, 2023
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However, when CNN tried to contact McDaniel about her alleged comments, she had no real comment.
She denied it.
When CNN reached out for comment about this report, a spokesperson for the RNC denied McDaniel made any disparaging comments about Ramaswamy https://t.co/05t9Aprnf6
— Aaron Pellish (@aaronpellish) November 9, 2023
Whether Ronna McDaniel is ever forced out of her position remains to be seen.
But if it happens, we will always know where it started – and who started it.
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