The CEO of “MyPillow” wants to take the head of the Republican National Committee and replace Ronna Romney McDaniel, the current president. As Donald Trump begins to face tougher criticism from party bosses, a takeover by his conspiratorial ally in his presidency could offer him some respite.
It's that the former drug addict with the memetic mustache, and colorful figure in American politics, is a staunch pro-Trump and is one of the biggest advocates of the “Big Lie”, the violent lie that wants to make believe that Joe Biden's election is illegitimate.
First of all, what is the RNC?
The Republican National Committee (RNC, or National Republican Committee in French) is the body responsible for leading the Republican Party at the national level. He is responsible for promoting the Party's platform and ideas, but also, and above all, he is responsible for the coordination of fundraising (and the choice of recipients) and electoral strategies.
And for Donald Trump, keeping control of this national body has always been important.
In August, PoliticoWe learned that the RNC no longer wants to pay legal fees related to Mar-a-Lago's search, and that it wishes to cease its participation in payments of Trump's general legal fees if the latter officially announces his intention to run. for president in 2024.
This forced Trump to use even more donations going to political action committees (PACs) tied to him, such as the Save America PAC and the Leadership PAC, to pay for his legal defense costs in the multiple matters concerning him, without having to touch his own fortune.
As for the choice of electoral strategies, we can recall that RNC and the conservative opinion makers are trying to distance themselves from Trump, at the when a “post mortem” on the reasons for the relative failure of the Republicans in the midterm elections will take place.
So who is Mike Lindell?
A former regular crack user who had a revelation about his future career thanks to “Jesus Christ”, he emerged as a close ally of Donald Trump during his presidency, but especially during the conspiracy that could have led to the denial of the result of the 2020 presidential elections or the success of the coup attempt during the Assault of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Lindell has come up with the wildest theories about alleged e-voting rigging: either alleged foreign hackers tampered with a vote Trump in a Biden vote; or the voting machines have acquired “liberal” intelligence to prevent the Trump vote from being counted.
All of these outlandish “claims” are Lindell's “greatest cybercrime in world history”. 'he's ready for anything and has no limits to keep spending so that “the country won't be lost forever”.
A 'crusade' now going after the Republican Party
< p>In statements announcing that his candidacy is “serious”, he argues that “The RNC collects money and then they do nothing with electoral crime”.
He also claims that one of the major donors told him, “Mike, everyone wants you to be the head of the RNC, some of them just don't know it yet.”
While the New York Magazine considers that Mike Lindell is the leader that the Republican Party deserves, his candidacy is nevertheless part of a logic of challenging the leadership of current President Ronna Romney McDaniel.
This one is pretty strong right now.
As a reminder, Republicans underperformed in the last midterm elections on November 8, 2022, failing to win the Senate, and only gaining control of the House of Representatives with a small lead.
This narrow majority leaves Republicans fragile in the face of their own divisions, according to many observers.
Kristi Noem, for example, a right-wing muse and governor of South Dakota, has explained that she “don't know if a party can keep losing like we did and [Romna Romney McDaniel] can keep his job.”
As for Lindell, if he believes in these chances, he will have to face an incumbent who has already obtained the support of more than half of the members of the national committee voting in the election of its presidency.