Chair of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel rebuked her uncle, Sen.-elect Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) scathing anti-Trump op-ed but said it had “nothing to do with family,” rather it was necessary for calling for unity within the GOP Party.
On Wednesday, The Washington Post published an op-ed written by Romney highlighted the fact that President Donald Trump made a “deep descent” at the end of 2018 as the president lost his secretary of defense and chief of staff, while also stating that President Trump was “not my choice.”
“With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable,” Romney wrote in the op-ed. “And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
McDaniel then called out her uncle for feeding “into what the Democrats and media want” for continuing to attack President Trump, as IJR Red reported.
POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive. https://t.co/ArhI7Bi7bo
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 2, 2019
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, McDaniel called for the Republican Party to unite and work together with President Trump, adding that her rebuke of Romney wasn’t about family, that she was doing her job as RNC chair.
“I would have done this to any freshman, incoming senator, and I would have said, ‘Hey, let’s focus on the real issues here, which are the Democrats who are proposing dangerous policies for our country, and let’s remind Americans about the good things that are coming out of the Trump administration,'” she said.
McDaniel said that the majority of the coverage of President Trump is negative.
“As a party, we need to come together if we’re going to be successful because we’re up against unprecedented odds and this juggernaut of negative Democrat and media attention,” McDaniel said.
The RNC chair added that there is “room for disagreement” but “let’s remember: Schumer and Pelosi are the ones that are leading this country in a bad direction — or trying to.”
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President Trump responded to Romney’s op-ed in a tweet, calling for him to “be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!”