A new book is wildly asserting that some Republican National Committee (RNC) officials did not vote for former President Trump in last year’s election and that there was brutal infighting during the campaign.
Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender has a new book coming out called “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.” Reportedly, it makes all kinds of outlandish claims about the goings-on in the Trump campaign and White House, not the least of which is that some RNC staffers allegedly chose not to vote for Trump. The media and the left are enamored with Bender’s story.
While Bender has released excerpts to various media outlets such as CNN, he gave information to Fox News on alleged friction that occurred between RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and Bill Stepien, who was Trump’s reelection campaign manager.
The book asserts that “Stepien was correct to question the loyalty and dedication of Ronna’s staff to Trump. The president’s handling of Covid and the White House’s treatment of Ronna had top staffers inside the RNC openly musing — for the first time in their lives — about not voting for the Republican nominee for president. Ultimately, some did not cast their Election Day ballot for Trump.”
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There is a lot of proclaimed political intrigue within the pages of the book. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly said that he didn’t “give a f—k” about the future of the GOP after losing a power struggle with McDaniel.
The book goes into the relationship between the RNC and the Trump reelection committee during his campaign for a second term as president. It contends that things were tense and not friendly within the ranks.
“By 2020, the RNC wasn’t merely an extension of the Trump campaign. (2020 campaign manager) Brad Parscale had effectively turned them into a full partner, and Ronna had become one of the president’s closest advisers. The RNC was paying for the field staff. They were covering costs for state directors who couldn’t get calls returned from campaign headquarters. Even the lease for the campaign headquarters was being paid for by the RNC,” Bender noted. But what he didn’t emphasize was that none of that is unusual in a political campaign on either side of the aisle.
Parscale would eventually be replaced by Stepien in July of 2020. “One major change when Stepien took over as campaign manager was the reelection campaign’s relationship with the Republican National Committee. Friction remained from the 2016 race between Stepien and much of Ronna’s senior leadership team. Ronna was running the Michigan Republican Party during that race, but Stepien disapproved of her decision to keep many of those same RNC staffers in her orbit,” the excerpts stated.
The relationship between Stepien and McDaniel was not a good one according to Bender. He wrote that “Ronna was often left on the outside looking in—sometimes literally. In June, she had arrived at the White House for a political meeting, but waited in the lobby for more than an hour before she was brought into the Oval. When she walked in, the president asked why she was so late. ‘They don’t want me sitting in the meetings with you,’ Ronna told him.”
Bender also delved into the creation of the Republican fundraising program WinRed. It came into being to counter the Democrats’ ActBlue operation. He claimed that it “exposed tensions at the highest level of Trump World that finally exploded into an intense argument between Ronna and Jared inside the Trump Hotel.”
The book purports that, “Jared didn’t think the RNC could pull off the new operation and considered doing it himself.”
McDaniel reportedly “viewed the WinRed deal as a legacy project that could benefit the party for years to come. Keeping the new company as a nonprofit, she told Jared, would make sure it remained as an arm of the RNC.”
But Bender alleged that “Jared wasn’t interested. ‘I don’t give a f–k about the future of the Republican Party!’ he told Ronna inside the hotel meeting room. ‘Good to know,’ Ronna shot back. ‘I will be running for chair for a second term, and I will make sure you don’t come anywhere near this!’”
It should be noted that Bender has been slowly and methodically releasing excerpts with explosive assertions for a while now concerning this book.
The book also states that Trump interrupted an Oval Office policy meeting asking, “How am I losing in polls to a mental retard?” after it was revealed that President Biden was beating him in polls leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
Another excerpt contends that General Milley told Trump advisor Stephen Miller to “shut the f**k up” after he suggested that protesters were turning US cities into war zones according to CNN.
It is not known exactly how Bender was privy to this information if indeed it is legitimate. The sources are not known yet and therefore the claims, so far, cannot be verified. “Fresh interviews with Trump, key campaign advisers, and senior administration officials are paired with an exclusive collection of internal campaign memos, emails, and text messages for scores of never-before-reported details about the campaign,” the Amazon summary posits.
The leftist book is definitely fodder for Democrats. They just can’t seem to let the Trump presidency go as they ostensibly fear a repeat in 2024.
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