Ronna McDaniel assured that Donald Trump will agree to sign a pledge supporting whichever candidate wins the 2024 GOP primary election in their race for the White House.
She made the comment while also demanding that her party turn its focus onto beating President Joe Biden and the Democrats rather than in-house fighting other members of the Republican Party.
‘I think they’re all going to sign it,’ Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman McDaniel told CNN’s State of the Union host Dana Bash on Sunday morning when asked if Trump would sign an eventual pledge.
This umbrella comment does not mention any specific candidates, but makes the assumption that Trump would put his support behind someone that could beat him in the primary elections – like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
So far, DeSantis appears to be the only GOP candidate who could oust Trump as head of the party.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said she expects former President Donald Trump to sign a pledge vowing to support whoever becomes the GOP nominee in 2024
McDaniel is preparing to put forward a pledge requiring all candidates who want to participate in GOP-sponsored debates agree to support whoever wins the nomination.
Everyone, including Trump, signed the pledge in 2016, she said.
McDaniel recently won her reelection bid for RNC chairwoman, but the election got heated and resulted in a series of damning attacks on her record.
‘I ran on a unity platform and about bringing the party together,’ McDaniel said. ‘And we can’t be so vicious and vitriolic with each other that we don’t want to support each other in the end. And I chose to run that way. It won.’
She said her reelection was a ‘symbol’ that the Republican Party is dedicated to unity.
McDaniel defeated her main challenger, RNC California national committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon, by a vote of 111 committee members to 51.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell received just four votes.
‘We can’t be attacking each other so much that we lose sight of, we have to beat the Democrats,’ McDaniel insisted.
‘We have to beat Joe Biden in 2024. And we may have divisive primaries and differences of opinions, but, in the end, we have to settle those to win the big picture, which is governing our country and doing the right thing by the American people.’
The GOP has denounced the Commission on Presidential Debates, claiming it is a partisan group not committed to treating candidates fairly – especially those on the Republican side.
Rather, the party will hold its own debates, but is making candidates who want to participate sign a pledge that they will fully endorse and back the eventual Republican nominee for president.
McDaniel called the potential proposal a ‘no-brainer.’
To participate in RNC debates, candidates will need to sign a pledge that they will back the eventual nominee
This means that even if Trump loses to ‘disloyal’ Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has not yet launched a White House bid, he would need to vow to support him in the 2024 election against whoever is the Democrat nominee
Some shared doubts, however, that Trump would agree to do this should he not earn the nomination.
‘If you’re going to be on the Republican National Committee debate stage asking voters to support you, you should say, ‘I’m going to support the voters and who they choose as the nominee,’ she said.
‘As RNC chair, if I said I wouldn’t support the Republican nominee, I would be removed from office. I would. I’d be rightly removed,’ she added. ‘It’d be part of our bylaws, and I would be kicked out as RNC chair.’
‘Anybody getting on the Republican National Committee debate stage should be able to say, ‘I will support the will of the voters and the eventual nominee of our party.’
When asked if she thinks Trump would sign the pledge, McDaniel said: ‘Well, he signed it in 2016. Everybody signed it in 2016.’
‘But this is about the here and the now. He didn’t commit to it,’ Bash pushed.
‘Yes, I think they’re all going to sign it. I really do,’ she speculated.
‘I think the voters are very intent on winning,’ McDaniel added. ‘And they do not want to see a debate stage of people saying, ‘I’m not going to support this guy.’ What they need to say is, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Joe Biden.’ And that means supporting the nominee of the Republican Party.’
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