McDaniel or Dhillon for RNC Chair? Trump Remains Neutral – ‘I Like Them Both’

Former President Donald Trump sat down with Breitbart for an exclusive interview on Friday morning, in which he revealed that he won’t choose to endorse either incumbent Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel or her challenger, RNC national committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon.

He stated that he likes both candidates and does not want to choose between the two.

“Harmeet is a lawyer for me you know,” Trump noted. “Harmeet is my lawyer.”

When he was asked if he favors his own lawyer or McDaniel, whom he endorsed in 2016 after his presidential victory, he declined to pick one over the other.

“I think they’re both good,” Trump said. “I like them both. It’s like when I asked Queen Elizabeth when we were together: ‘Which president did you like the best?’ She said: ‘I liked them all.’ ‘Which one did you like the best?’ ‘I liked them all. They’re all great.’ I said, ‘But didn’t you like Ronald Reagan the best?’ She said: ‘No I liked them all. I liked Ronald Reagan very much, but I liked them all.’ Then I said: ‘Which prime minister did you like the best? Was it Winston Churchill?’ ‘I like them all. I like every one.’”

He added, “Then I realized how smart she was. I said, you know that’s why she stayed there for 75 years.’”

At this time, remaining neutral is likely a smart step as Trump recently tossed his name in the hat for the 2024 presidential election.

The race between McDaniel and Dhillon has been heating up in recent weeks, and Trump’s decision to stay neutral could have major implications for or against either candidate. The ultimate winner will be decided in late January by a vote of the 168 RNC members. Membership in the RNC’s powerful 168 includes state and territory party chairs and the national committeeman and committeewoman from each state and territory. Dhillon, as a member of the 168, is a voting member in this election

Dhillon has emerged as the main challenger to McDaniel after outgoing Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)—who ran a much-stronger-than-expected gubernatorial race in New York this year, helping carry several down-ticket and especially U.S. House candidates to victory—bowed out after considering a challenge. MyPillow’s Mike Lindell has announced a campaign of his own.

Spending decisions at the RNC have become a focus of the race as of late, in particular, with Dhillon and her allies bashing McDaniel’s choices on how to use party committee money. 

On Saturday, Dhillon tweeted a photo highlighting some of the finances in question, “Over $550k in private jet expenses incurred by RNC after Trump, even though they pointed the finger at him for this expense that could have better been used to win elections this cycle…How to spin this?”

She followed up, “There’s plenty more in this vein…eg “Donor Mementos” that RNC dissembled as mainly White House demands — what about $3M+ since Trump left office? — just shouting “Lies!” in response to questions, is what libs do, not leaders. Not buying it. Also why spend at woke corporations?”

McDaniel’s allies claim that the charges in question are legitimate expenses. However, there was not much of an explanation on HOW they are legitimate.


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