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In recent job interviews at the Republican National Committee, current and potential staffers have been asked whether they believe the 2020 election was stolen, in what appears to be a litmus test for hiring. This comes as the Trump campaign has integrated its operations with the RNC. The questioning reflects a key focus on election fraud for the 2024 election, driven by former President Donald Trump’s dissatisfaction with the RNC’s handling of fraud claims in the 2020 election, despite no evidence of widespread fraud.

RNC spokeswoman Danielle Alvarez stated that candidates with experience in battleground states or states with prevalent fraud allegations were asked about their work experience to ensure they have meaningful views on election processes. Trump advisers have also instructed potential new hires to relocate to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump’s campaign is centered. These hiring questions align with Trump’s continued and false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent and that President Joe Biden stole the election, which has energized many GOP voters.

Following tensions between Trump and former RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel over fraud claims, Trump allies were swiftly appointed to key leadership roles at the RNC. North Carolina GOP chairman Michael Whatley and Lara Trump were elected as the new chair and co-chair, respectively, during the RNC’s spring meeting in Houston, Texas. Trump also brought in his senior advisers, Chris LaCivita and James Blair, to serve in senior positions at the RNC while continuing to advise his 2024 campaign.

In a recent interview, McDaniel acknowledged concerns about election security but stated that Biden won the 2020 election “fair and square,” leading to her ousting as a paid NBC News political analyst after backlash over her role in subverting the election and attacking the press. While serving as RNC chairwoman, McDaniel had refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory and was involved in pressuring Michigan officials not to certify the vote in the Detroit area in 2020. Trump advisers now describe the relationship between the campaign and the RNC as symbiotic, operating as one entity.

The integration of the Trump campaign’s operations with the RNC has led to heightened scrutiny of potential staffers’ views on the 2020 election, as a litmus test for hiring. This focus on election fraud for the upcoming 2024 election reflects Trump’s dissatisfaction with the RNC’s handling of fraud claims in the previous election. The appointment of Trump allies to key leadership roles within the RNC further solidifies the connection between Trump’s campaign and the organization, emphasizing a unified approach to future electoral efforts.

As the relationship between the Trump campaign and the RNC becomes increasingly intertwined, questions about election fraud and loyalty to Trump’s claims about the 2020 election have taken center stage in hiring decisions. The inclusion of Trump allies in leadership positions at the RNC and the expectation for potential new hires to relocate to Trump’s campaign center in Florida signal a strategic shift towards prioritizing loyalty to Trump and his messaging. This alignment highlights the continued influence of Trump within the Republican Party and sets the tone for the party’s approach to future elections.

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