Lou Dobbs confronted the chair of the Republican National Committee on the Party’s plans for 2020 and its weak “establishment candidates.”
The Fox Business host had plenty to tell Ronna McDaniel during her appearance on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” Wednesday, pressing her on the expectations for the upcoming election and what would be done with spineless “RINOs” who “roll over like puppies.”
(Video: Fox Business)
Dobbs spoke on the loss of GOP seats in Congress as candidates “didn’t have the sense to support” President Trump, and in the wake of another Republican announcing his retirement, as high-ranking Rep. James Sensenbrenner said Wednesday he will not be running for re-election after serving four decades in Congress.
Dobbs got straight to the point with McDaniel.
“What are you going to do to assure that the Republican Party does not tear itself to pieces going into the critical presidential election year?” he asked.
“You hit the nail on the head,” she replied.
“Candidates matter and that’s why President Trump has more popularity within the party than other candidates,” she said. “The arms of the House and the Senate, they recruit candidates but ultimately, the voters decide who’s going to go into that general election. And what we have seen with the Republican base is they support candidates that support this president time and time again.”
Dobbs remarked on “mysterious” and “unfathomable” comments from Republicans like Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania who criticized Trump’s trade battle with China as something that would “absolutely hamper the U.S. economy.”
McDaniel defended the president against his critics on the issue, noting how he continues to handle challenges “with strength, with boldness and with resolve.”
“So why can’t we use those words with members of the Senate and the House? With strength and resolve – are you kidding?” Dobbs shot back.
“Think about those words. They’re irrelevant to most of the members of the House in the Senate,” he said.
“We have to have resolve, and when you look at Joe Biden…saying saying China is not a competitor. China would love Joe Biden because, you know what, then they can take advantage of America,” McDaniel responded.
“They love most of the Republican establishment candidates too. The RINOs as you well know. They are like puppies rolling over for their kibble,” Dobbs fumed.
Pointing to a recent poll showing 67 percent agree with Trump’s tariffs imposed on China as “necessary” to confront their trade practices, Dobbs made the point again that critics predicting doom for the U.S. economy are off base.
“You can argue the point. I personally think that’s nonsense.” he said. “What will destroy this economy is to continue to be the sucker for the rest of the world.”
McDaniel again credited the president with his determination to get the best deal for Americans but was interrupted by Dobbs who was still looking for the answer to his previous question.
“I’m not worried about the president,” he said. “What is your party going to do with that? What in the world are we going to see from your party? You’ve got the leader – he’s leading!”
The Republican leader explained that they are “out talking to voters every day” who are thanking Trump.
“What do they say to tell those RINO senators? What are they saying to say to those RINO congressman?” Dobbs demanded.
“They say stand with the president on this. He’s doing the right thing,” McDaniel replied.
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