Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is giving credit to the Republican Party’s recent victories to former President Trump.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“President Trump clearly has not left the party,” said McDaniel said on Thursday. “If he left the party, we would lose. If he left the party, Republicans would lose.”
“He has built our party, he has added a new base, we have become a working-class party,” McDaniel told reporters at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Christian Science Monitor Thursday morning.
McDaniel also made a special note about rumors Trump considered starting a new political party, noting his efforts to help elect Republicans across the country.
“The president stayed in the party, this is a nonissue, and we’re going to have him in the party,” she added.
“I think there are certainly voters that came to the Republican Party because of Donald Trump. But they also turned out for Republican candidates last week. And he’s a big key to that. So it’s a whole party. And they recognize that they want to tackle energy independence, they don’t want an open border, they want freedom to have a voice in their kid’s school without being called domestic terrorists. I mean, if you look at the issues, it’s the Republican Party, but Trump is a big factor in that, and he’s going to be critical to us winning in the midterms,” she said.
Trump has made it clear he doesn’t plan to leave the world of politics anytime soon. For now, he’s focused on helping Republicans win back the House in next year’s midterm elections but has dropped repeated hints he’s considering another presidential campaign.