If we didn’t know better, we’d think that the Republican National Convention was trying to keep Donald Trump from running again in 2024.
The organization, which received record fundraising during the Trump years, is now threatening to cut Trump off from their legal defense fund should be announce his intent to run again in 2024.
The Republican National Convention would stop paying for former President Donald Trump’s legal expenses if he announces he’s running for president in 2024, according to a Thursday report.Advertisement - story continues below
The RNC is currently bankrolling several legal cases for Trump, including personal lawsuits and government investigations into him. That flow of cash would end once he announces his candidacy for president in 2024, according to ABC News. Some see the move as an incentive for Trump to delay announcing his candidacy at least until after the 2022 midterm elections, which Republicans are already poised to win.
The organization tried to hide behind a rather bland statement on the matter.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel has previously stated that the Republican Party cannot be biased in favor of any one candidate in the party’s presidential primary.
“The party has to stay neutral,” McDaniel said in January. “I’m not telling anybody to run or not to run in 2024.”
Some have suggested that the announcement was a tactic to attempt to prevent Trump from announcing ahead of the 2022 midterms – something that the former President is said to be considering.
But the RNC takes an enormous risk in alienating Donald Trump, whose influence over a large swath of the American voting public remains impressive.