Taking a major step to try and boot the Conservative, Inc. Establishment Republicans out of the party’s leadership ranks and fill that leadership team with MAGA Republicans, Mike Lindell recently announced his plan to effect a takeover of the GOP for MAGA ends: he’s now challenging RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for the RNC Chair position.
Mike announced that during his show, “The Lindell Report”, on Frankspeach.com. Speaking on the “why” behind his decision to run, Mike said that the RNC needs to change and adapt to the “current footprint” if it’s to save the country. In his words:
“We’ve got to save our country. We can’t have the RNC out there if they can’t change. I’ve said it before, they need to change what they’re doing based on the current footprint in the country. You need a different input to get a different output.”
Adding to that, Mike said “Guys, if you support me running against Ronna McDaniel, please email me.” He added that he’d be willing to step into leadership only if God wanted him to, saying “I’ll step into that if God [is] willing“.
Mike Lindell also said, when speaking to former Trump strategist Steve Bannon “I am 100% running for the RNC chairman against Ronna McDaniel.” He also told Bannon that many in the upper levels of the GOP want him to run the RNC, saying “I’m all in … and one of the things that one of the big donors said to me, he said, Mike, everybody wants you to be head of the RNC, some of them just don’t know it yet.“
Mike would appear to have former President Donal Trump’s support if he does run, as he recently reposted, on Truth Social, a post saying “Mike Lindell for RNC? Yes please“. Mike, however, said that he did not ask former President Trump for his advice or permission on the RNC Chair bid before announcing it, saying “I did not call him and say, ‘What do you think about this?’ This is my decision.”
If Mike does indeed run, that would put him (and thus the base of the MAGA movement generally) in a head-to-head conflict with Ronna McDaniel and the GOP Establishment, as McDaniel recently announced that she too would be running for the RNC Chair position. Such is what she announced in a statement obtained by The Hill, saying, that outlet reports:
“I’m humbled to have earned the support of over 100 members and officers at this time for my reelection bid,” McDaniel told The Hill.
“I look forward to continue working hard on behalf of the grassroots, in every state and territory, to grow our Party and invest in the critical infrastructure needed to keep the House, take back the Senate, and retire [President] Joe Biden in 2024.”
And Mike and McDaniel might not be the only ones running. Failed New York Gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin recently suggested that he might also do so, saying, much like Mike, that the GOP would have to “transform” to win the presidency in 2024.
Full 11/17 letter from Lee Zeldin to RNC members pic.twitter.com/yQE0BoQ5EC
— Zach Williams (@ZachReports) November 17, 2022
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