It is interesting to watch how GOP leaders are responding to the lukewarm 2022 midterms. The surprising results have left many on the right scrambling for positions of influence and power in the chaotic Republican Party.
Tucker Carlson with Fox News declared that those on the right should not “reward mediocrity.” And it seems that My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has taken Carlson’s warning to heart. Lindell announced on Monday that he will run against Ronna McDaniel to become the next chairman of the Republican National Committee. Former President Donald Trump immediately endorsed him for the position.
Lindell appeared on Monday with Steve Bannon on his War Room podcast. He said this 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 top concerns about the GOP structure is that they raise “money and then they don’t do anything with election crime.” He said that as chairman he would focus on election integrity. And he also noted that he would like to get the party to support Donald Trump-endorsed candidates like Kari Lake and Mark Finchem of Arizona.
The My Pillow CEO revealed that he had the support of many major party donors and that he planned to call all 168 committee members in an attempt to get McDaniel out of the position.
Lindell told Axios that he did not call Trump before announcing his decision. He said that it was his decision. The truth is that although Lindell and Trump have been together a lot in the past, it could be a headache for Trump to support Lindell’s run for the RNC chair when he begins campaigning for the 2024 presidential election. Trump has already endorsed Kevin McCarty as the next Speaker of the House, which is a move seen as supporting the Republican establishment.
According to The Hill, they indicated that McDaniel had the support of at least 101 Republican National Committee members. And according to what these members wrote, they believe that McDaniel has led the RNC well and made it stronger and more effective for the GOP cause.
“These are perilous times and the Biden presidency, abetted by the extremist consensus among Democrat Party elites and elected officials, has been, is, and will continue to be a disaster for our nation,” the letter from RNC members said.
It concluded with a strong endorsement and a pledge to elect a Republican President and more Republican Senators and House members in 2024. They want to “restore, preserve, and protect the United States of America.”
Lindell is not the only one considering running against McDaniel for the chairmanship, Lee Zeldin has indicated he is also seriously considering a run for the position. He almost won the New York gubernatorial race against his Democratic opponent Katy Hochul.
He wrote this in an email to committee members, “It is time for our party to retool, transform, win back the Presidency in 2024, expand our number of Republican held seats in Congress, and elect the maximum number of down ballot races across the country. The Republican Party needs to be all in to do everything in its power to save America.”
Although he lost his race, he is being credited with helping to flip four seats in New York for the GOP which helped the party take back control of the House of Representatives in January. He is not entrenched in the old guard of the party but has enough experience to enable him to know how the machine works.
So if both Lindell and Zeldin do run, McDaniel would doubtless see her 101-vote advantage slide.