February 1, 2023

What should we think about the RNC vote? We didn’t win, but we didn’t lose either.

The news stories and online social media after last week’s RNC meeting are full of America First activists upset about the RNC vote which reelected Ronna McDaniel as RNC Chairman: McDaniel-111, Dhillon-51, Lindell-4.

Grassroots activists are discouraged by the loss, but in fact, while the re-election of Ronna McDaniel on the very first ballot seemed like a victory for uni-party Republicans, Election Integrity advocates still moved the ball forward last week.

Consider, each of the 168 voting members of RNC heard from literally thousands of grassroots Americans demanding change at the RNC. That got the attention of the RNC members.

Because Ronna McDaniel was facing such a serious re-election challenge, there was far more media coverage at the RNC meeting than is usual. Ronna McDaniel and the RNC members were in the hot seat, and the hot issues were: election integrity, a dismal RNC track record of election losses, and grassroots disgust with the money wasted on the RNC’s overpaid, often ineffective, campaign consultants. 

Since both Lindell and Dhillon were aligned on calling for greater transparency and election reform, one would assume that Lindell’s supporters would be rooting for Harmeet Dhillon to defeat Ronna McDaniel. But that wasn’t necessarily the case. A big reason? It was widely reported that President Trump’s team was advocating for Ronna McDaniel while DeSantis came out for Harmeet Dhillon.

In a contest to see who could win the grassroots support, McDaniel and Dhillon both pledged to address vote fraud, and both promised to work with Mike Lindell. 

Tellingly, however, Dhillon qualified, during an impromptu press chat the day before the vote, that she would utilize Mike Lindell with messaging and fundraising, not in the elections department.

“And I have offered to make sure that, if I win, we include him (Mike Lindell) in some way — not in the elections department mind you — but in, like I said, marketing and communications.”


A Rasmussen Poll asking likely GOP voters who they would support for RNC Chair was released a day before the RNC vote. Mike Lindell came out on top in this poll, well ahead of both Harmeet Dhillon and Ronna McDaniel, highlighting that grassroots Republicans want the RNC to tackle election integrity. 

((“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 15% of Likely Republican Voters support McDaniel for another term as RNC chair. Thirty percent (30%) of GOP voters support businessman Mike Lindell, 20% support attorney Harmeet Dhillon, 15% don’t support any of the three candidates and 21% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)”


What did Mike Lindell have to say about Harmeet Dhillon after the vote?

Lindell gave several interviews after the RNC Chair vote and, while he was diplomatic, what Lindell had to say about Ronna McDaniel winning out over second place finisher Harmeet Dhillon was surprising to many. Mike Lindell said, “I think we’re in a better position that it’s Ronna.” Pressed on his own Lindell TV Network Friday evening, Lindell was asked, “If you had to choose between Ronna and Harmeet, you would choose Ronna?” Lindell’s indirect answer to this question was that “Harmeet bailed on Arizona, and not Ronna.” According to Lindell, who spoke directly to Harmeet about Kari Lake and the Arizona challenge, “she (Harmeet) advised we’ve got to leave Kari Lake and not do it.”

(Lindell: “Ronna McDaniel made a promise: ‘I will work with Mike Lindell if I’m elected’ everybody. This is our one chance.  This could be a good thing.”

Howse: Are you telling me, if you had to choose between Ronna or Harmeet, you would have chosen Ronna?

Lindell: “All I know is, Brannon, I did find out you know, Harmeet, she bailed on Arizona not Ronna. Harmeet told me that straight out. She advised that we’ve got to leave Kari Lake and not do it.” …I don’t know it’s about picking. It’s about the grassroots. I think we’re in a better position that it’s Ronna cause Ronna has told me straight out, I want to work with you. And she said it… she’s told me straight out, she told the 168 (RNC members) that and she’s told the public that. Harmeet didn’t tell that.”  


The Lindell Report LIVE (https://gettr.com/post/p26j5bobedf)

As for Ronna McDaniel’s leadership going forward, Lindell pointed out that Ronna was well aware of the Rasmussen Poll. (“There’s hope because the people have spoken with the Rasmussen poll yesterday.”) Indeed, no one in the RNC could be oblivious to the literally thousands of phone calls and emails that poured in demanding change and reform in the RNC, least of all Ronna McDaniel.

Lindell’s favorable comments about Ronna coincide with what DTR PAC heard privately from a voting member of the Republican Committee. This person, a staunch Christian conservative representative of the grassroots was supporting Ronna over Harmeet. One reason this member gave was that Ronna respected the ‘sovereignty’ of each state’s GOP, highlighting that the way to achieve the change we want is to get involved at the local level. This member was confident Ronna would work with Mike Lindell and all of us on election integrity.

You thought you were disappointed… Guess who was really unhappy this week? The Consultant Class — the highly paid campaign experts who win (at the bank) whether their candidates win or lose at the ballot box. The message at this RNC meeting was that the grassroots needs to be heard, not the ’embedded’ highly-paid RNC consultant class, and there needs to be more transparency and far more action on election integrity. As Mike Lindell and many others said at the conclusion of the RNC meeting, “It doesn’t stop today.” That is the truth. Our work to save America and restore election integrity includes retaking the Republican Party for grassroots Americans.

Remember this movie? Thinking about the battle within the RNC between the Consultant Class and the America First grassroots, a scene with Jimmy Stewart from the 1946 classic American film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to mind.

George Bailey: “This rabble you’re talking about, they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath?”

So take heart. The RNC heard from the ‘rabble’ this week. The grassroots are taking back the party.


“Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

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