‘She’s Doing What She Thinks Is Best’: Romney Responds to His RNC Chair Niece After Awkward Family Clash

Despite the family drama Wednesday, it looks like Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is not going to hold a grudge against his niece, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, after she called him out for his anti-Trump op-ed.

On Monday evening, Romney published an op-ed for The Washington Post that questioned the character and leadership of President Donald Trump.

Romney wrote:

With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.

He received a wave of backlash from many Republicans for his harsh op-ed. As IJR reported, Trump and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) both questioned Romney’s motives for writing the Trump hit piece.

While Trump and Paul didn’t pull any punches, perhaps the most stinging response came from his niece. As IJR reported, the RNC chairwoman called out her “freshman senator” uncle for his “disappointing and unproductive” op-ed.

Despite this awkward family clash, Romney didn’t seem too angry with McDaniel’s comments. He addressed the family drama during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, claiming he wasn’t surprised that she criticized his actions.

Watch the video below:

“She’s the chairwoman of the Republican Party. She has a responsibility. I respect her right to express that, to her viewpoint. It’s probably more, if you will, civil than it might have been across the Thanksgiving dinner table because we, of course, have disagreements in our family. She’s a very loyal Republican, loyal to the president, and she’s doing what she thinks is best for him and for the party.”

As Tapper noted, Romney didn’t blindside his niece with the op-ed. He had alerted her before it was published.

All in all, the fact that Romney warned his niece about the pending op-ed likely means he knew she would have to hit back on behalf of the party. It looks like this was more of a necessary evil between the two prominent Republicans than a family-crushing drama.


  1. This would have been worthy of note had it devolved into a family dinner brawl. Otherwise, as is, it’s called civil disagreement. Granted that in this day and age the very concept of “civil disagreement” is somewhat foreign to many but I question its news worthiness and can only surmise that this is a pay per word piece.

    1. Sometimes its like news has turned into a slightly more boring version of TMZ or Us Weekly. The potential for family drama could not be ignored… even if its made up.

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