Trump Wants Michael Whatley

( – Reports revealed recently that Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is preparing to leave her role after years of discontent among Republican voters and controversy over her performance. McDaniel is expected to step down from her role after the South Carolina Republican primary, which is due to take place on February 24. And now, former President Donald Trump – who famously backed McDaniel over a series of other candidates when her leadership was last in question – seems to have decided who he wants to take her place.

Who Is It?

According to a report from Fox News Digital, the former president has already recommended that North Carolina Republican Party chairman Michael Whatley should replace McDaniel. A source familiar with discussions claimed that the change in leadership will in fact take place after February 24, and that Trump is pushing behind the scenes to install Whatley because of his commitment to preventing election fraud.

After the 2020 election, Whatley firmly sided with Trump and other Republicans who expressed concern about the integrity of the election process. Whatley said that Democrat-controlled cities engaged in “massive fraud.” Whatley also claimed that Republicans in his state of North Carolina had prevented Democrats from cheating.

How is the Next Chair Chosen?

The next leader of the RNC will be chosen through an election process – but that doesn’t mean Trump’s endorsement won’t come into play. The Republican National Committee has 168 members from 56 U.S. states and territories. Each one of these states or territories have their own party chair, national committeeman, and national committeewoman. Those RNC members are eligible to vote for the national chair of the party, and in order to win, the candidate must get a majority of votes present.

During the last round of voting, which took place in January 2023, McDFaniel was successfully re-elected with Trump’s support, beating civil rights attorney Harmeet Dhillon and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.

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