McDaniel spoke on Fox News to defend the RNC’s conduct and even argued that the midterm elections were a triumph because Republicans narrowly took back Congress.
“We develop the infrastructure. We do the voting registration, uhh, we are doing community centers as well as outreach. We construct a road for the candidates to drive on. We placed the candidates in a winning position,” she said.
“I believe the RNC’s history of turning out even more than 4 million extra Republicans and winning statewide in just about every battleground state this cycle indicates that the turnout succeeded. We just need to figure out why one Republican gained a state and another didn’t, and it’s going to boil down to messaging,” McDaniel said.
“But I believe from an RNC perspective, we flipped the House and our ground strategy worked,” she continued.
We previously reported on McDaniel’s failure to tackle voter fraud in 2020, and then shamelessly fundraise on the subject while privately doubting that any fraud occurred:
“Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel is striving to distinguish her personal and public positions on the disputed presidential election and continuing voter fraud allegations.”
In a Politico article called “The Inside Story of Michigan’s False Voting Fraud Scandal,” Tim Albert wrote that McDaniel has privately stated her skepticism about any “scalable” fraudulent voting in Michigan, but that she still intends to “show a readiness to fight” for the president.
McDaniel had previously earned the president’s support to remain RNC head, and for now she has no serious competitors. However, a competitor, like Cory Gardner, a GOP senator from Colorado who was defeated by Dem. John Hickenlooper on Nov. 3, is plausible. He is seen as a member of the Republican establishment, and his candidacy could require McDaniel to reclaim her pre-Trump “establishment” reputation.