Former President Donald Trump has just raised the stakes in the standoff between his movement and the GOP establishment for the heart of the Republican Party.
“If not, revamp the RNC, now!” the former president wrote.
The post comes just a few weeks ahead of the fourth GOP debate, scheduled for Dec. 6 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. President Trump, the Republican front-runner, has boycotted every such event so far.
It also follows businessman and GOP 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s petition calling on RNC head Ronna McDaniel to resign. He made the same demand early in the third debate.
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) said in another recent interview: “I think Ronna McDaniel’s got a lot of things that she’s got to answer to and she’s got to do it fast. You can’t just say it’s the state parties, even though [in] some of these elections—Ohio, Kentucky—the state party has a lot of answers that they need to bring as well. But Ronna is the head of the table. She’s the RNC chair. She’s got to step up.”
Ms. McDaniel, the niece of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), was elevated to her current position after a key endorsement from President Trump at the start of his term.
“This Republican-on-Republican infighting—I’m not running for president, so I’m not in this primary—isn’t helping our party,” Ms. McDaniel said.
“We need every Republican and then some to win elections. And the Republican voters want to hear us talk about the border, fentanyl, Israel, our kids, crime, inflation, and they want to see us take on Joe Biden.”
A Revealing PollThe Harvard/Harris survey, conducted last week with more than 2,580 American voters, shows that President Trump is massively favored by GOP voters.
Of those surveyed, 67 percent said President Trump would be their choice for president in the next election. Just 9 percent selected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Mr. DeSantis barely edged out former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who was at 8 percent. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy sat at 5 percent, and just 3 percent of GOP voters who responded said they would choose former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The former New Jersey governor has sought to make an issue of President Trump’s absence from every debate so far. At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, he tried to turn the tables on a man known for giving his opponents memorable nicknames by calling him “Donald Duck.”
In his Truth Social post, President Trump said Mr. Christie was “dead in the water.” He also referred to Ms. Haley, now emerging as a major rival, as “Birdbrain” and called Mr. DeSantis “DeSanctimonious.” Only Mr. Ramaswamy was spared.
Most Harvard/Harris respondents predicted that President Trump would be the Republican nominee, although most of the Democratic voters in the survey disagreed. Notably, 84 percent of Republican respondents made that prediction, as did 70 percent of independent voters.
Two-thirds of respondents indicated that they think President Joe Biden seems too old to be president, and 58 percent voiced doubts about his mental fitness for the presidency.
Republicans have made much of the prospect of a 2024 run by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s slated to debate Mr. DeSantis later this month. Yet he’s tied for fourth in the list of candidates Democratic voters indicate they would like to run if President Biden drops out.
Almost a quarter of those respondents chose Vice President Kamala Harris, 13 percent selected Hillary Clinton, and 10 percent chose perennial socialist hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Mr. Newsom was tied at 7 percent with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.