On the eve of the November 2016 election, an official with MI GOP, under the direction of MI GOP Chair Ronna Romney-McDaniel, placed an important phone call to MI GOP grassroots leader, Marian Sheridan of the MI Conservative Coalition. As Romney-McDaniel (she had not yet dropped Romney from her name) made her way to Trump’s final campaign rally of the season in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was set to be featured speaker, her office was frantically looking for election day poll challengers. The call from Romney-McDaniel’s office was urgent—she needed Marian Sheridan to find as many volunteers as possible to watch votes being processed at the TCF Center in less than 24 hours. The truth is, the Romney-McDaniels, the leader of the MI GOP had dropped the ball and didn’t have a single Republican poll challenger scheduled to work on election day, in Wayne County, a Democrat stronghold, and the largest ballot-counting facility in Michigan.
Marian Sheridan, who worked harder than any other Republican in Michigan to help secure votes for Donald Trump was also on her way to Trump’s final rally, but Sheridan had to cancel her plans so she could stay back and do the work Ronna Romney- McDaniel should have done months ago. Incredibly, Sheridan was able to secure over 25 volunteers who each agreed, on short notice, to spend over 12 hours at the TCF Center in Detroit the following day–making Romney-McDaniel look like a hero.
Trump ultimately won the state of Michigan, and although the women and men at the Michigan Conservative Coalition did more than anyone else in the state of Michigan to secure his win, Ronna Romney-McDaniel was rewarded with a role as the RNC Chair.
On November 6, McDaniels stood in front of the media and bravely proclaimed that the Republican Party would fight to make sure the elections were free and fair, telling them, “Every candidate in every office from President down to the local level has the legal right to challenge irregularities that occur in the process of canvassing ballots.” She added, “We intend to ensure that every lawful voter has their vote counted in accordance with the law, that observers are granted the access they are due under state law, and that any irregularities that occurred whether by malicious intent or incompetence, are fully investigated to the fullest extent allowed under the law.”
Romney-McDaniels told them, “We will not give up on this process until every last issue has been resolved.”
She cited a number of shocking incidents reported to them by poll watchers, including threatening and intimidating behavior by election workers.
Curiously, after Joe Biden’s inauguration, the RNC Chair who was given a second term by President Trump suddenly expressed regret for her decision to stand up for the millions of Americans who believe massive voter fraud took place in the November 2020 election.
In an interview with The Hill, Romney-McDaniel explained that she regrets letting former President Trump’s lawyers, namely Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, spread unproven claims about the 2020 election from the organization’s headquarters.
Speaking with The New York Times, McDaniel indicated she thought it had been a mistake to allow Giuliani and Powell to make the claims about election rigging days after the vote at the RNC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“When I saw some of the things Sidney was saying, without proof, I certainly was concerned it was happening in my building,” McDaniel told the newspaper. “There are a whole host of issues we had to deal with — what is the liability of the RNC if these allegations are made and unfounded?”
It’s too bad that so many people that Trump helped to rise to the top of the Republican Party made the decision to desert the very people they rely on for donations to keep the Republican Party afloat, many of whom still believe the November election was stolen.