Donald Trump’s 2024 candidacy has begun. It is real, it is here, and the rest of the political world will now be forced to reckon with it.
This is just the utter reality of it all. Trump is a meteoric force on the right side of the aisle, (and the entire right side of the aisle, at that), and he’s also carrying a big stick.
It’s a wrecking ball, and the RNC is beginning to worry about its trajectory.
A handful of Republican National Committee members denounced former President Donald Trump, with one pushing for fellow members and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to forcefully condemn his decision to host a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with antisemites.
“I am flabbergasted at the lack of outrage from Ronna about this,” Oscar Brock, a national committeeman from Tennessee, wrote in one of a series of private email threads obtained by POLITICO. “I tweeted to her yesterday, asking her to condemn this. We must, as a party, oppose all racism and prejudice, and condemn those who accept and endorse it, which includes inviting neo-nazi’s [sic] to dinner.”
The sentiment appeared to be rather systemic.
The emails, which were sent to all 168 committee members’ email addresses, offer a rare glimpse at the agitation that is roiling among some in the Republican National Committee at a moment of intense scrutiny of the institution and the party it represents. It also brings to the surface tensions over whether or not McDaniel can or should lead the RNC in this current political climate, with an increasingly undisciplined Trump launching a third presidential run and the party coming to terms with midterm losses that many blame on the former president. McDaniel claims the support of a majority of committee members, but has recently faced challenges for the chair position.
The GOP appears to be headed toward a rather contemptuous primary season, but, for the time being, Donald Trump is still very much the presumptive 2024 nominee for the Republican Party – and that’s something the RNC will need to come to terms with sooner rather than later.
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