Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the GOP will support Donald Trump as the party’s nominee even if he’s “convicted of a crime.”
“If you end up having Donald Trump as your nominee and if he’s convicted of a crime, do you believe that he would be the appropriate nominee for the Republican Party?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked.
“Whoever the voters choose is the appropriate nominee,” McDaniel replied.
“Even if he’s a convicted criminal?” Bash questioned.
“I know this is newsworthy, but as party chair, I’m going to support who the voters choose. And yes, if they choose Donald Trump,” McDaniel explained.
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RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel tells CNN the committee would support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee — even if he were convicted of a crime.
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The voters, she added, are “looking at this and they believe there’s a two-tiered system of justice,” she added. “They don’t believe a lot of the things that are coming out of this, and they’re making these decisions. You’re seeing that reflected in the polls.”
According to all current polling, Trump is the clear front-runner for the nomination.
He hasn’t participated in any of the RNC’s debates, but McDaniel Sunday said she still finds value in the events.
“Some of the things we’ve done with this debate process have been very instrumental,” she said. “We started with 14 candidates in 2015. Going into Iowa, there were still two stages and 10 candidates in that race.”
But now, with the RNC’s new rules requiring stricter polling criteria and small-donor donation limits, “we are now to five on the debate stage,” she said. “It’s helping us engage with the volunteers.”
McDaniel’s comments follow multiple polls showing Donald Trump ahead of Joe Biden in most key battleground states for the 2024 presidential election.
In a new CNN poll, Donald Trump beats Joe Biden 49% to 45% in the 2024 presidential election.
In recent polling conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, Donald Trump leads Joe Biden “in five of the six most important battleground states one year before the 2024 election.”
Watch Ronna McDaniel’s full comments HERE.