Trump endorses North Carolina GOP head to replace Ronna McDaniel in RNC

The former president supports Michael Whatley as the potential new RNC chair and his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as co-chair of the committee.

Former President Donald Trump announced his endorsement of Michael Whatley, head of the North Carolina Republican Party, to be the new chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) to replace Ronna McDaniel, who plans to resign this month after the primaries in South Carolina, which will take place on February 24.

Whatley, whom Trump described as a defender of the electoral system, is an unequivocal ally of the former president who even supports the hypothesis that the 2020 elections were rigged. He also defended the thesis that Trump did not have a predominant participation in the events of January 6 at the Capitol, emphasizing that the rioters were to blame for the situation, not the former president.

In addition to Whatley, Trump also endorsed his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, to be the new co-chair of the RNC.

Lara, who is married to Eric Trump, was described by the former president as "an extremely talented communicator and is dedicated to all that MAGA stands for."

Lara has played an important role with the RNC and GOP donors since the former president's time in the White House.

"The RNC MUST be a good partner in the Presidential election. It must do the work we expect from the national Party and do it flawlessly," Trump said in a statement. "That means helping to ensure fair and transparent elections across the country, getting out the vote everywhere – even in parts of the country where it won't be easy – and working with my campaign, as the Republican presumptive nominee for President, to win this election and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAINy, Trump also announced that he will endorse Chris LaCivita to serve as the RNC's chief operating officer.

"Chris will manage the RNC's day-to-day operations so it will become a fighting machine for 2024 and use all the tools available to win for the American people," Trump wrote.

However, despite Trump's resounding support, neither Michael Whatley nor Lara Trump guaranteed their places in the RNC presidential seats. However, it seems like a mere protocol issue.

According to regulations, the committee must first hold a vote among its members when McDaniel resigns, in an election where party members are expected to support the preferences of the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.

Even so, we still have to wait several days until McDaniel's resignation, which seems imminent, is confirmed.