- Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, warned on Sunday against Republicans trying to distance themselves from President Donald Trump.
- “Any Republican who doesn’t admit that running with the president is going to help them is hurting himself in the long run,” she told ABC News this week.
- Her comments came after Trump struck Nebraska Sen. Ben Sass, a Republican, for leaking audio from City Hall criticizing the president.
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Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, on Sunday warned Republicans not to distance themselves from President Donald Trump as the election approaches.
McDaniel made her remarks after George Stefanopoulos, ABC̵7;s moderator of This Week, asked if she had seen Republican senators trying to distance themselves from the president.
“I’m not,” said McDaniel. “I think they all did this kind of race all the time.”
“We see this huge energy, and we see really big numbers for the president, and it’s a race,” she added. “And any Republican who doesn’t admit that running with the president is going to help them is hurting himself in the long run.”
On Saturday, President Trump spoke out against Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican, after The Washington Examiner published an audio about the local town hall, where Sasse criticized Trump.
“I’m currently considering a Republican blood bath in the Senate, so I’ve never been on a Trump train,” Sasse said during City Hall. “That’s why I didn’t agree to be a member of his re-election commission, and that’s why I’m not campaigning for him … I’ve spent a lot, last year on the election bus, and when you listen to non-Brascans, they don’t really want more angry tweets as new entertainment “.
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When Stefanopoulos asked if McDaniel was concerned that Trump appeared to be involved in an “open war with his own senators,” she dismissed the concern.
“I think this president is fighting for the American people every day,” she said. “I’m not worried about Washington’s policy on the bypass.”
As the Associated Press reported earlier in October, a number of Republicans are concerned about Trump’s treatment of the coronavirus pandemic and are trying to distance themselves from the president as he enters the final stages of his campaign. Republicans currently have a majority in the Senate of 53-47 seats and risk losing it next month.
“He refused to take it seriously,” Sasse said in calling for Trump’s response to the virus, which has infected more than 8 million people in the United States, according to estimates from Johns Hopkins University. “For several months, he treated it as a PR crisis over news cycles.”