RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel delivers remarks earlier the Republican Presidential Primary Debate astatine the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County connected November 8, 2023 successful Miami, Florida. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel defended her grounds amid a bid of predetermination losses and went aft Vivek Ramaswamy, who pointedly criticized her connected signifier astatine the Republican statement this week.
In a terse interrogation with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham precocious Friday, McDaniel addressed the biotech entrepreneur’s calls for her to resign during Wednesday’s superior statement aft the party’s show successful Tuesday’s election.
“Well, archetypal I’m going to proceed to absorption connected Joe Biden and Democrats and I deliberation determination was a infinitesimal missed during that debate, by Vivek to speech astir the information that we inactive person 13 American hostages successful Israel,” McDaniel responded, adding that Republican voters are bushed of the “circular firing squad” wrong the enactment and would alternatively absorption connected issues specified arsenic the borderline and crime.
Ramaswamy has attracted criticism implicit his stance connected Israel aft helium suggested the U.S. should withhold subject assistance until Israel could supply a post-invasion program for Gaza.
“When Vivek didn’t ballot successful 2016, I was starring Michigan to the archetypal triumph successful past successful 30 years. In 2018, we defied the odds, we got 3 senators, radical similar Josh Hawley, that allowed President Trump to physique the largest blimpish bulk connected the Supreme Court,” McDaniel said, hitting Ramaswamy again for his voting past aft antecedently calling out his ballot for erstwhile President Barack Obama.
McDaniel has served arsenic seat since 2017 and has been a adjacent state to erstwhile President Donald Trump. Prior to her predetermination arsenic RNC chair, she led the Michigan Republican Party from 2015 to 2017.