Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel joined ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” to discuss the election on Nov. 3. She said she isn’t concerned about the president engaging in infighting with his own party’s senators — this week, Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
SEN. BEN SASSE (R-NE): It isn’t just that he fails to lead our allies, it’s that we — the United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership. The way he treats women and spends like a — a drunken sailor. The ways I criticized President Obama for that kind of spending, I’ve criticized President Trump for as well. He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His — his family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He flirted with white supremacists.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Tough words there. And the president responded on Twitter yesterday morning, a couple of tweets, taking on the senator, including this final line, Senator Sasse could be next. Perhaps the Republicans should find a new and more viable candidate.
As chair of the Republican National Committee, do you think the Republicans should find a new Senate candidate in Nebraska?
MCDANIEL: Well, first I’ll say, everything that Ben Sasse said in that recording does not resemble the president that has lead our country out of this pandemic. He’s lead us to a great economy before this. He’s leading us out of it with 11.4 million jobs created, great trade — new trade deals, was at the March for Life, the first president to do that. As a woman, the first — second woman to chair the RNC, let me just tell you, the respect he has for women. And the president has unprecedented approval with the Republican Party.
Ben’s been there for a long time. It’s not surprising. It’s the only time he gets news is when he criticizes this president. But the party, and the energy we’re seeing on the ground, and the rallies, and what we’re seeing for this president is unprecedented in terms of the support he’s receiving from Republicans across the country.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The president’s laying out that maybe Republicans should find a new candidate. Should there be a new candidate in Nebraska?
MCDANIEL: There’s not going to be a new candidate in Nebraska. But, you know, the president, of course, is not pleased to see our candidate attacking him. And I don’t blame him for saying that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: He also took on Susan Collins, Maine Senator Susan Collins, in a tweet on Friday, suggesting that she’s not worth the work. Is Susan Collins worth the work?
MCDANIEL: Listen, I want all Republicans to win. I want to keep the Republican majority. I want to re-elect the president and I want to get the House. So I don’t — we want every Republican to win.
And I’ll tell you why, because you have a candidate on the Democrat side right now, Joe Biden, who, on your town hall, and continually, after question after question about whether he’s going to up end the third branch of government and burn down our checks and balances is saying to the American people, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do after the election. We need the Senate, we need the presidency and we need the House, because you a presidential candidate who refuses to be honest with the American people, even in your town hall, saying I’ll (inaudible) after the election what I’m going to do.