It’s Time to Revamp the RNC

The latest poll numbers by Harvard/Harris have President Trump trouncing his competition in the Republican primary by nearly 60-point margins, putting him in a formidable position to not only bulldoze his way to the party nomination, but also handily defeat Biden in the general election. Indeed, if the 2024 election were held today, President Trump would defeat the current occupant of the Oval Office, and do so with a decisive victory. A recent NY Times/Siena poll gave the 45th President the edge over Biden in five of six critical swing states – including, notably, the state of Nevada, which he neither carried in 2016 or 2020, where he now commands a whopping 10 point lead.

While these poll numbers are great news for President Trump, they also give opportunities for certain organizations, such as the Republican National Committee, to take credit where they most certainly should not. Despite President Trump’s surging momentum, the Ronna McDaniel-led RNC – rather than shifting its focus on defeating Biden – continues to schedule more debates for the narrowing field of leftover candidates. These acts signal egregiously misplaced priorities by McDaniel: we are now less than a year out from the November 2024 general election, and the Republicans already have their presumptive nominee – a man who is ahead of the rest of the field by the widest lead ever registered this early in modern times for a primary. Also exceptional is the landscape in which the 2024 presidential election is taking place. Widespread voter fraud remains a persistent concern – and the RNC has done little, based on the underwhelming results of the 2022 and 2023 elections (to say nothing of the stolen 2020 election) to reverse much, if any, of those outstanding problems, which are poised to only worsen in a presidential election year.

Also unprecedented is the still ongoing witch-hunt against the 45th President being waged by a weaponized justice system and abetted by a hostile media and rogue intelligence agencies. The four utterly baseless and unconstitutional indictments against President Trump executed by rogue prosecutors in New York, Washington, D.C., and Georgia underscore the extraordinarily high stakes surrounding the 2024 general election. This is no longer politics as usual.  President Trump’s crusade against the deep state is the defining issue of next year’s election; if there is hope for America’s future, it will be contingent on President Trump’s success. There is no second option.

Understanding the uber high stakes of the next 12 months and realizing that the chances of any of the non-Trump Republican challengers overtaking the frontrunner are effectively nil at this point, the RNC would be well-advised to start using its resources to make the frontrunner’s life easier.  As it stands, President Trump still faces mounting legal fees and court appearances, while continuing to be ambushed by mainstream media and Big Tech that cooperate with three letter agencies to traffic in misinformation and censorship of Trump, his agenda, and his supporters. In other words, the obstacles are myriad – the RNC, to date, has only added to that mountain of headaches by so far being noncooperative with the Trump campaign at best, a roadblock at worst. A radical course correction is in order.

Accordingly, a better use of Ms. McDaniel’s time, rather than catering to the fantasies of a few delusional donors with Trump Derangement Syndrome, would be to use those hundreds of millions of dollars at her disposal to organize and deploy legal teams in key battleground states, such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona, to prepare a lawfare strategy for the fraud that will inevitably spring up in those places. Moreover, McDaniel’s team should be cooperating with Scott Presler and other voter-outreach grassroots groups to register Republican voters, particularly in these key battlegrounds. One recent Rust Belt Poll targeting Pennsylvania offers a perfect opportunity: while Trump leads Biden in the Keystone State by 3.5 points according to the poll, the former’s edge could theoretically be much higher because Trump commands a massive 17.5% lead among non-2020 voters.

What this data means is that a large pool of probably unregistered voters exists that serve as a potential goldmine for President Trump’s 2024 campaign, and, given a competent RNC, would be their top priority for outreach efforts heading into 2024. Every single one of these voters should be registered over the next 12 months: under no circumstances should Pennsylvania be lost given the sheer number of people that live there who prefer Trump over Biden. And it is quite certain that voter blocs like this are found not just in Pennsylvania, but across every key battleground state – Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada – and even in blue states, like New York and New Jersey, that could, with enough willpower, become competitive battlegrounds for Republicans as soon as 2024.

Voter registration efforts must also be combined with ballot harvesting methods that would strategize, on a state-by-state basis, how best to achieve maximum returns for next year’s election. The RNC has apparently failed to grasp a foundational lesson of the Trump-era: many Trump voters are not conventional Republican voters; their loyalties run not with the party, but with the man only. Without Trump, the party is finished. That may be a hard pill for party leaders to swallow, but it is undeniable: as evidenced by the fact that a critical share of Republican voters – upwards of 7 in 10 Republican voters – believe the 2020 race was stolen. In contrast, only a handful of party leaders believe the 2020 race was illegitimate because they remain in thrall to the agenda of Mitch McConnell and the Uniparty establishment.

As such, the RNC should also make a pledge to only contribute campaign funds to Republican candidates – across federal, state, and even local offices – who have a documented history of enthusiastically endorsing President Trump (emphasis on enthusiasm). The RNC must carefully conduct its due diligence and should be exceedingly selective about candidate endorsements. Candidates who simply “endorsed” Trump last minute after every other viable candidate dropped out of the race should not automatically qualify. Instead, the RNC should only finance candidates who can prove an extensive history of robust support for the 45th President, especially during the contentious 2020 race. No Republican candidate in any race should see another penny if he or she ever claimed, on or off record, that the 2020 race was legitimate. Nor should any Republican who remains a critic of Donald Trump, seeing everything that he has gone through at the hand of a weaponized justice system, be the recipient of RNC funds. What McDaniel should look for is candidates who took on a great deal of personal risk by aligning themselves with MAGA-adjacent causes, such as the plight of the January 6 victims, particularly at the height of the controversy, which should be a cause dear to the heart of every single candidate who has taken on the mantle of the movement by running for public office as a Republican in the Trump age.

Tyranny has arrived on these shores.  The Biden regime has made political prisoners of those who peacefully exercised their rights to free speech and assembly. We are going through a great spiritual reckoning as a nation. It is high time that Ronna McDaniel’s RNC, which can be a powerful weapon in this battle, start deploying its resources for good.  If not, her fate will be the same as those who similarly betrayed the movement, and she too will be relegated, alongside Mike Pence, Kevin McCarthy, and the rest of the Republican establishment – to the dustbin of history.

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About Paul Ingrassia

Paul Ingrassia is a Claremont Publius and John Marshall Fellow and served in President Trump’s National Economic Council. He graduated from Cornell Law School in 2022. His Twitter handle is: @PaulIngrassia.

Photo: MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 08: RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel delivers remarks before the NBC News Republican Presidential Primary Debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on November 8, 2023 in Miami, Florida. Five presidential hopefuls including, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), squared off in the third Republican primary debate as former U.S. President Donald Trump, currently facing indictments in four locations, declined again to participate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)