Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in an interview with Charlie Kirk on “Real America’s Voice,” threw his support behind former Trump campaign attorney Harmeet Dhillon in her bid for Republican National Committee (RNC) chair.
Gov. DeSantis stated, “I think we need a change. I think we need to get some new blood in the RNC.”
He went on to express his agreement with Dhillon’s proposal to decentralize the RNC by moving some operations out of Washington D.C.
“Why would you want to have your headquarters in the most Democrat city in America?” DeSantis asked. “It’s more Democrat than San Francisco is.”
The Florida governor also criticized the current RNC chair, Ronna McDaniel, saying, “I think it’s going to be very difficult to energize people to want to give money, to want to volunteer their time with the RNC if they don’t see a change in direction.”
Dhillon has received a number of high-profile endorsements, but DeSantis’s support is her most prominent yet.
“We’ve had three substandard election cycles in a row, ’18, ’20, and ’22, and I would say of all three of those, ’22 was probably the worst, given the political environment of a very unpopular President Biden,” DeSantis added. “Huge majorities of the people think the country is going in the wrong direction. That is an environment that’s tailor-made to make big gains in the House and Senate and state houses all across the country, and yet that didn’t happen.”
The Republican governor thinks his party needs “fresh thinking — here’s the thing, just practically speaking, you need grassroots Republicans to power this organization with volunteering and donations.”
“I think it’s going to be very difficult to energize people to want to give money, to want to volunteer their time with the RNC if they don’t see a change in direction.”