(JustPatriots.com)- Last week, podcaster Steve Bannon urged his audience not to donate to the Republican National Committee after it reelected Ronna McDaniel as its chair.
McDaniel was elected to a fourth term on Friday, January 27, fending off a challenge from attorney Harmeet Dhillon in a secret ballot vote at the RNC’s winter meeting.
The incumbent McDaniel, under whose guidance the RNC suffered major electoral losses in 2018 and 2020, as well as a lackluster result in 2022, easily secured a majority of the 168 votes, winning 111 votes compared to Dhillon’s 51. Another four members voted for MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell while one voted for New York Republican Lee Zeldin.
While former President Trump claimed he was remaining neutral in the race, members of his inner circle were privately whipping votes for McDaniel.
After she was reelected, the former president offered his congratulations to McDaniel on Truth Social, much to the annoyance of many of his most fervent supporters.
During his “War Room” podcast last Monday, Bannon expressed sympathy to Trump fans who were “still worked up” over McDaniel’s victory and told them “whatever you do,” don’t send the RNC “any money.”
The podcaster claimed that there was a “program and a plan” and urged his audience to “take a deep breath.”
Bannon reiterated his so-called “precinct strategy” and said was “quite important” to reclaim state parties.
In a podcast the previous weekend, Bannon accused Ronna McDaniel of abandoning failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake after she lost to Governor Katie Hobbs.
McDaniel’s track record as Chair has been poor. In 2018, Republicans lost the House in a Blue Wave. In 2020, Republicans lost the White House and control of the Senate. In the 2022 midterms, the Republicans failed to regain the Senate as Democrats gained a true majority. And while the GOP managed to retake the House in November, the margin was not nearly as large as expected.