The Democratic Party’s hopes to keep President Trump off the ballot in the 2024 election took a big hit on Sunday.
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said she will support Trump as the party’s nominee if the voters choose him.
She added that it wouldn’t matter if he’s convicted of a crime in one of the prosecutions underway against him.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel tells CNN the committee would support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee — even if he were convicted of a crime.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 12, 2023
“Whoever the voters choose is the appropriate [nominee],” McDaniel said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I know this is newsworthy and as party chair, I’ll support who the voters choose, if they choose Donald Trump.”
The voters, she added, are “looking at this and they believe there’s a two-tiered system of justice,” she added. “They don’t believe a lot of the things that are coming out of this, and they’re making these decisions. You’re seeing that reflected in the polls.”
According to all current polling, Trump is the clear front-runner for the nomination.
He hasn’t participated in any of the RNC’s debates, but McDaniel Sunday said she still finds value in the events.
“Some of the things we’ve done with this debate process have been very instrumental,” she said. “We started with 14 candidates in 2015. Going into Iowa, there were still two stages and 10 candidates in that race.”
But now, with the RNC’s new rules requiring stricter polling criteria and small-donor donation limits, “we are now to five on the debate stage,” she said. “It’s helping us engage with the volunteers.”
McDaniel also on Sunday discussed the party’s stance on abortion, telling CNN that she believes the Republicans should be the “commonsense” party on abortion and that candidates should stick to that message to win elections in the future.
“We actually put a memo out before the elections in 2022,” McDaniel said. “It’s up to the candidates if they take those suggestions. As I always say, if I give my husband directions in the car, it doesn’t mean he’s going to take them, right? But we have to talk about this.”
The embattled RNC chairwoman has been defending her record as the party chair for a few days after Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called on her to resign during the third debate.
Vivek Ramaswamy just destroyed Ronna Romney McDaniel and demand she come on stage and RESIGN NOW
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) November 9, 2023
She said she was proud of the work they have done since she became chairwoman.
Ronna McDaniel after CNN lays out the numerous losses by the GOP under her as chair: “Of course we want to win. I look at the RNC and I’m proud of what we’re doing.”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 12, 2023