Lara Trump's Power Play: Game-Changing Approach To RESHAPE The RNC

By Maria Angelino | Thursday, 23 May 2024 05:15 AM
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Lara Trump, the new co-chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), is swiftly reshaping the traditionally reserved organization, reflecting the combative politics and audacious management style of her father-in-law.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, she discussed her renowned family, the forthcoming election, and her aspirations for the party's future.

Since assuming their roles in March, Lara Trump and Chairman Michael Whatley have implemented significant changes, merging the GOP and the Trump campaign into a unified operation. Brian Hughes, a representative for the Trump campaign, told the AP that this strategy is crucial for securing Republican victories in the upcoming November elections.

“By joining the two organizations together,” Hughes stated, “we are all rolling in the same direction to get President Trump elected, as well as to increase the majority of the House and the Senate.”

Lara Trump explained that both party and campaign staff are involved in organizing the ground game and managing daily operations. Critics, however, argue that such a concentrated focus on the presidential election could detract from state and local races, potentially harming the party in the long run.

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Dismissing such criticisms, Lara Trump asserted that the restructuring would ensure the RNC's support for candidates in state and local races. “It would be very silly of me to assume that only having the presidency would be able to achieve the goals of the Republican Party,” she said. “Obviously, that requires majorities in Congress, and that’s our goal.”

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Unlike some of her predecessors, Lara Trump has adopted a highly visible role, appearing on television and right-wing media outlets to endorse her father-in-law's reelection bid. Whatley praised Lara Trump as one of the Republican party’s most valuable assets, attributing her appeal at fundraising events to her charismatic personality and her last name.

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Despite a few public missteps, including a gaffe on Newsmax, a conservative cable channel, where she claimed the RNC had filed lawsuits in “81 states,” Lara Trump remains confident. Acknowledging a “big, big learning curve,” she told the AP that her experience on both of Trump’s previous presidential campaigns equips her for success.

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Lara Trump's involvement seems to have revitalized the committee’s previously lackluster fundraising operation. The RNC reported a significant increase in donations, raising $76 million in April and $65.6 million in March, up from a mere $10.6 million in February. This surge also reflects changes in donation limits following Trump's emergence as the party’s presumptive nominee in March. By comparison, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised considerably less in April, $51 million, down from $72 million in March.

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The RNC's fundraising prowess could be crucial for Trump's chances, particularly as he opts to spend campaign donations on legal fees. The former president is currently facing numerous federal and state criminal charges related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election and retention of classified documents. His political action committee, Save America, presidential campaign, and other fundraising organizations have reportedly spent at least $76.7 million on legal fees over the past two years.

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Lara Trump is also advocating for Republicans to embrace a voting method that Trump and many of his supporters view with skepticism: mail-in voting. Despite unfounded claims of widespread fraud, she recognizes the importance of this voting method for many voters and aims to facilitate the process for Trump supporters.

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While she supports a nationwide policy of not counting any ballots after Election Day, she declined to elaborate, stating that it wasn’t her area of “expertise.” This strategy, however, is impractical as states set their own election laws, and most rely on postmarks to determine if a vote was cast in time. This is due to the fact that it can take days, or even weeks, for ballots cast on or before Election Day to arrive in the mail.

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