The Republican National Committee (RNC) will select its next chair during its winter gathering held in Dana Point, California, at the end of January. Although the current chair, Ronna McDaniel, has held the position since 2017, she is now being challenged by National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Demands for McDaniel's departure have been growing, especially in light of recent revelations concerning the RNC's spending policies under McDaniel's direction, with even the talk show host from the conservative camp, Mark Levin, declaring, “She needs to go.”
Former President Donald Trump, who supported McDaniel's candidacy for the seat after his election victory in 2016, was asked on Friday if McDaniel was his choice over Dhillon.
“I think they’re both good…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.’ Then I realized how smart she was. I said, you know that’s why she stayed there for 75 years.’”
Trump confirmed that Dhillon has represented him, saying, “Harmeet is a lawyer for me you know.”
In addition, Dhillon has also represented the RNC.
According to CNN:
“Federal election data shows that Dhillon’s eponymous law firm took in more than $440,000 from two Trump-aligned groups last cycle, though Dhillon has told members she would cut ties with Trump if elected chairwoman in order to comply with the RNC’s commitment to remain neutral in the 2024 presidential primary. During the same period, her law firm received nearly $900,000 from the RNC, federal election data shows.
“Dhillon has told members she would cease working for Trump if elected chairwoman, acknowledging that ‘it would be a conflict of interest’ for her to continue on as an attorney for the former president in the midst of a presidential primary in which he is competing.”
Trump has obviously also included Lindell as one of his closest allies. With his declared presidential bid, it's logical for him to be neutral in issues related to the RNC chair contest, even though this is not always his style.