Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel disregarded potential primary challengers to President Donald Trump on Thursday, stating that anyone who tried to primary the president will “lose horribly.”
McDaniel seemed to reject the idea of a Republican presidential primary challenger when asked what would happen if someone like Maryland Governor Larry Hogan or former Ohio Governor John Kasich were to take on Trump in the lead-up to 2020, saying “that’s fine” and that “they have the right to jump in and lose.”
She continued on to say:
“The president has 93 percent approval in our party, our country is booming, jobs are coming back, wages are up, the military has been strengthened, our veterans have been taken care of, our trade deals are stronger. We have put rule of law judges at every level of the courts, including the Supreme Court with [Brett] Kavanaugh and [Neil] Gorsuch. What would any Republican be thinking saying, ‘This is a guy I’m going to run against.'”
McDaniel then said, “Have at it. Go ahead; waste your money, waste your time, and go ahead and lose.”
.@GOPChairwoman on possible GOP 2020 primary challengers to Pres. Trump: “They have the right to jump in and lose, that’s fine. They'll lose, terribly. The president has 93% approval in our party…Have at it. Go ahead, waste your money, waste your time and go ahead and lose." pic.twitter.com/mnmLES2Goe
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Hogan and Kasich have both entertained the idea of mounting a presidential primary challenge in 2020, with Hogan telling Politico in November 2018 that he would “never say never” to a potential 2020 run.
One Republican, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R-Mass.), announced his intent to challenge President Trump in the Republican primary, declaring that he has put together an exploratory committee while speaking to an audience in New Hampshire earlier this month. Weld also lambasted “the president’s culture of divisiveness of Washington” and said that it was important to challenge “the hard heart, closed mind and clenched fist of nativism and nationalism.”
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Weld went on to say, “We cannot sit passively as our precious democracy slips quietly into darkness.”
Weld’s last experience in a presidential race was in 2016, where he joined Libertarian Party candidate and former Arizona Governor Gary Johnson as his running mate after backing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) in the 2016 Republican primaries. Johnson and Weld managed to win just over three percent of the nationwide vote, making Johnson the most successful third-party presidential candidate since Ross Perot in 1996.