- MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is running for RNC chair towards incumbent Ronna McDaniel.
- The Trump ally introduced his bid on Monday morning on his “Frank Speech” streaming platform.
- Lindell accused the RNC of amassing donor money however not investigating baseless claims of voter fraud.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell desires extra energy inside the Republican Party: he is formally running to chair the Republican National Committee.
Lindell introduced his run on Monday morning throughout fellow Trump ally Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast.
“With all my due diligence and in prayer, I am 100% running for RNC chairman against Ronna McDaniel,” Lindell mentioned. “It’s going to change real fast. We’re going to get our country right, really quick.”
Lindell mentioned he has spoken to RNC donors and state officers, and obtained their help.
He added that he was wanting to transfer the Republican Party towards backing candidates like Kari Lake and Mark Finchem — Trump-backed people who’ve persistently made baseless claims about the 2020 election.
“The RNC collects money and then they don’t do anything with election crime,” Lindell informed Bannon, as soon as once more echoing false claims about widespread voter fraud.
It is unclear how profitable Lindell’s bid for the place will probably be.
McDaniel, the present RNC chair, has been endorsed by a majority of the RNC’s voting members — 101 in complete — who signed on to a letter endorsing her re-election, The Hill reported.
Former President Donald Trump, Lindell’s longtime ally, hasn’t but publicly supported his bid towards McDaniel. Lindell informed Insider that he hasn’t spoken to Trump about the matter but.
A spokesman for Trump didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.
Lindell and McDaniel usually are not on the better of phrases. Their feud goes back to November 2021, when Lindell accused McDaniel and the RNC of working to forestall him from submitting a criticism to the Supreme Court. That complaint contained over 70 pages of unsupported accusations that widespread voter fraud in states together with Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
During his November 2021 dwell stream, Lindell accused the RNC of calling state attorneys common and pressuring them to not signal his criticism. He additionally slammed McDaniel for publicly admitting that month that President Joe Biden beat Trump. An RNC spokesperson informed Insider that Lindell’s allegations are utterly false in response to a request for remark.
As for McDaniel, she has signaled that she plans to run for an additional time period as RNC chair, per Politico. And the right-wing pillow CEO won’t be her solely challenger. New York GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin, who misplaced his gubernatorial race this month, is contemplating a run too, Politico reported.
If Lindell had been to win the RNC election during the committee’s winter meeting in January 2023, that will imply management of a significant political committee — one which, primarily, shapes the GOP’s platform — will probably be beneath the management of a fringe MAGA determine.
Representatives for McDaniel didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for touch upon Lindell’s bid.