Romney’s Op-Ed Prompts Call From Within RNC To Protect Trump In 2020 Primary

President Donald Trump, left, listens as Republican Nantional Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, right, speaks at a fundraiser at Cipriani in New York, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Trump is attending a trio of fundraisers during his day in New York. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Susan Walsh/AP

Incoming Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) critical op-ed about President Donald Trump has renewed fears within the RNC of a moderate Republican mounting a primary challenge to Trump in 2020 and consideration of altering the rules to protect him.

According to a Wednesday Washington Examiner report, RNC committeeman Jevon Williams sounded the alarm in a mass email.

“Unfortunately, loopholes in the rules governing the 2020 re-nomination campaign are enabling these so-called Republicans to flirt with the possibility of contested primaries and caucuses,” Williams wrote.

“While President Trump would win re-nomination it wouldn’t come quick and it wouldn’t be inexpensive. Any contested re-nomination campaign—even a forlorn hope—would only help Democrats,” he continued. “Accordingly, I am asking for your support to take the unprecedented step of amending the rules to close loopholes in the re-nomination campaign…”

An RNC spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is not the first time RNC members have toyed with the idea of manipulating the primary process to give Trump a buffer.

However, a complicating factor in this go-round is the RNC chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel’s, relationship to the man who caused the concern — McDaniel is Romney’s niece.

However, based on McDaniel’s Twitter reaction, she has already decided with whom her loyalty lies.

Masthead Masthead
Editor & Publisher:
Managing Editor:
Senior News Editor:
Assistant Editor:
Editor at Large:
Investigations Desk:
Front Page Editor:
Editor for Prime & Special Projects:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Executive Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: