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Ronna McDaniel, the former chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, recently spoke out against the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, calling it “unacceptable” and stating that it does not represent the country or her party. In a departure from her previous stance on the issue, McDaniel condemned the violence that occurred during the Capitol riot, acknowledging the need for peaceful and civil discourse in politics. She explained that as RNC chair, she often had to align with the party’s beliefs, but now, she has more freedom to express her own views.

The tensions between former President Donald Trump and the RNC under McDaniel’s leadership have been growing, with Trump expressing dissatisfaction with the committee’s fundraising efforts and its handling of the 2020 election. Trump believed that the RNC should have done more to support his campaign and challenge the election results. In response to Trump’s demands, McDaniel has decided to step down from her position, allowing others to take the helm. Despite the challenges she faced during her tenure, McDaniel stood by her achievements, including increasing diversity within the party and boosting representation in Congress.

McDaniel’s departure from the RNC comes at a crucial time, as she faces backlash for her new role as a political analyst at NBC News. Critics have pointed to her past behavior, such as spreading false claims about the 2020 election and pressuring Michigan officials not to certify the results, as reasons to question her credibility. Despite these criticisms, McDaniel has acknowledged that Joe Biden won the election “fair and square,” though she remains concerned about certain aspects of the voting process. She emphasized the importance of acknowledging both the election results and any potential issues that need to be addressed.

In her interview with NBC News, McDaniel addressed the criticism of her leadership at the RNC and pushed back against the notion that she was to blame for Republican losses. She highlighted the progress made during her tenure, such as the increased representation of women and minorities within the party, as evidence of her success. Despite the challenges and controversies she faced, McDaniel remained steadfast in defending her record and pointing to the positive outcomes achieved under her leadership. As she transitions into her new role as a political analyst, McDaniel’s views on politics and the direction of the GOP may continue to evolve.

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