In a recent interview, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sat down with Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and discussed leadership at the Republican National Committee (RNC). “You know, I think we need change,” DeSantis said. “I think we need to get some new blood in the RNC.” Current RNC chair, Ronna McDaniel, has faced increasing pressure after the failure of the 2022 midterm elections and California attorney and former Trump campaign adviser Harmeet Dhillon is the favorite to replace her. “I like what Harmeet Dhillon has said about getting the RNC out of D.C. Why would you want to have your headquarters in the most Democrat city in America? It’s more Democrat than San Francisco is.” said DeSantis.

DeSantis continued to attack the current state of the RNC:

“We’ve had three substandard election cycles in a row: ‘18, ‘20 and ‘22. And I would say of all three of those, ‘22 was probably the worst. Given the political environment of a very unpopular president in Biden, huge majorities of the people think the country is going in the wrong direction — that is an environment that’s tailor-made to make big gains in the House and the Senate and in state houses all across the country. And yet that didn’t happen,”

“There’s not a lot of trust between the grassroots and the RNC up in DC. In fact, when I would do fundraising, I’d raise money for the Republican Party of Florida, we would do good, but if I did fundraising for me instead of for the party, we’d raise much more money, because they trust the people that they see doing the job,”

“I think it’s going to be very difficult to energize people to want to give money, to want to volunteer their time with the RNC if they don’t see a change in direction.”

Watch a clip of the interview below:

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