Mike Lindell Throws Hat Into Ring, Seeks to Oust Ronna McDaniel as RNC Chair

Expecting Mittens Romney’s niece to win elections for conservatives is a waste of money and time.

In the wake of the 2022 midterms, and the resulting red fizzle performance by Republicans, many on the right have been clamoring for a change in many of the GOP’s leadership positions. It seems that My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has taken to heart Tucker Carlson’s warning to not “reward mediocrity”; Lindell announced today that he will run against Ronna McDaniel to become the next chairman of the RNC.

Appearing this morning on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast, Lindell said of his candidacy:

“With all my due diligence and in prayer, I am 100 percent running for RNC chairman against Ronna McDaniel,” Lindell said. “It’s going to change real fast. We’re going to get our country right, really quick.”

One of Lindell’s main complaints about the Republican Party structure is that they raise “money and then they don’t do anything with election crime.” He told Bannon that, as chairman, his focus would be on election integrity, stating he’d like to get the party to support Donald Trump-endorsed candidates like Kari Lake and Mark Finchem of Arizona. Lindell indicated he had garnered support from many party donors and planned to call all 168 committee members in an effort to oust McDaniel.

Speaking of Trump, Lindell told Axios he did not call the former president before announcing, stating, “This is my decision.” The two have appeared together many times and seem close, but supporting Lindell’s run for RNC chair could cause Trump some political headaches as he launches his 2024 presidential campaign. He’s already endorsed Kevin McCarthy as the next Speaker of the House, a move seen as supporting the Republican establishment. If Lindell does indeed have the support of big donors, it’s less risky for Trump to support him. But Trump did endorse McDaniel in 2016, and the new chairman will oversee the 2024 election cycle.

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