Republican Party presses ahead with January summit for 2024 presidential candidates despite Trump plotting his own run
- The RNC holds its annual meeting at Amelia Island in Florida
- RNC chair Ronna McDaniel is seeking reelection and has Trump’s support
- She is claiming independence, although Trump installed her in her post
- Now the RNC has sent invites to top potential rivals for 2024
- Trump has signaled he may run again in four years
- He also claims he ‘won’ the election he says was ‘rigged’
- Trump released a 46-minute video Wednesday complaining about the election
Ronna McDaniel, President Trump‘s hand-picked head of the Republican National Committee, has invited a bevy of potential 2024 presidential contenders to the party’s annual winter meeting next month.
McDaniel who announced in a letter she is seeking a third two-year term and has Trump’s support, is putting out the welcome mat even as Trump signals he may run again in 2024 – even while also saying he ‘won’ the November election, which he calls ‘rigged.’
Trump told RNC members at a White House Christmas party this week: ‘It’s been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years.’
The RNC holds its annual winter meeting next month in Florida. Many potential 2024 candidates have been invited, as President Donald Trump teases the idea that he may run again, even while contesting the November election and calling it ‘rigged’
Among those getting the invite: former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Vice President Mike Pence (who plans to attend), and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, whose state is being ravaged by the coronavirus, Politico reported.
It isn’t clear whether Trump himself will attend. He makes his first political trip since the election this weekend when he campaigns in Georgia, where his attacks on the vote have helped fuel a civil war within the party, with some allies urging Georgia Republicans to stay home during a runoff election unless the state’s elected senators call for overturning the state’s vote.
Trump’s political power and popularity among Republicans has the potential to freeze the field, but there are up to a dozen potential contenders who could visit the confab at Amelia Island in Florida. (The 2019 meeting was at Trump’s private golf club in Doral, Florida).
A long list of Republicans are getting invited to the gab-fest, which could be an organizing opportunity for any candidates who might be preparing for Trump to drop out or back away, or even try to challenge him.
They include Haley, the former South Carolina governor, Pence, who has campaigned loyally for Trump and defended his handling of the coronavirus, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel is seeking reelection and has Trump’s support
Vice President Mike Pence has been a loyal Trump defender for four years
Nikki Haley and Kristi Noem both are invited
Sens. Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Rick Scott (Fla.) are among those invited
Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas makes his own appeals to the Trump base
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio both ran for president in 2016, losing to Trump
Cruz ran against Trump in 2016, only to get defeated late in the primaries after Trump insulted his wife and accused his father of being in on the Kennedy assassination.
Others invited are Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who like Cotton cultivates the Trump base, and Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, who survived an election challenge this year.
So is South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the most prominent black Republican at a time when McDaniel is touting the party’s improved fortunes among minorities.
Florida Republican Sens. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, and Gov. Ran DeSantis, a Trump loyalist, are all invited, according to Politico.
Trump released a rambling 46-minute video Wednesday complaining about the election, saying it was ‘statistically impossible’ that he lost.