The nationally recognized American lawyer and GOP official Harmeet Dhillon has announced she will make a bid to lead the Republican National Committee (RNC) following rumors Sunday evening that she intends to oust the current chair, Ronna Romney McDaniel.
Dhillon broke the big news herself on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Thank you @TuckerCarlson for having me on tonight to announce that it’s official, I’m running to be the chairwoman of the RNC!
We’re tired of losing. It‘s time for us to win! pic.twitter.com/jzWWqlV6xQ
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) December 6, 2022
The San Francisco-based attorney and founder of the Center for American Liberty notably said the GOP has become a “populist party,” which no longer wants to hear messages inspired by the “Chamber of Commerce,” “Neocon[s],” or “Warmonger[s].”
Dhillon offered Fox News host Tucker Carlson a detailed description of her planned initiatives should she assume the position:
I think that we really need to radically reshape our leadership in order to win. And we can’t keep running elections like we did in the ’90s and the 2000s, and we really have to modernize to compete with the Democrats dollar-for-dollar in the ways they fundraise, the way they deliver their ballots to the ballot boxes. Our messaging needs to be fresh and positive and not just reactive to news cycles and what the Democrats are doing.
And I think that the party needs to realize that the party has become a populist party. The base of the party demands populist messages that speak to them and not Chamber of Commerce messages, not Neocon messages, not warmonger messages, and I’m afraid that the base of our party is not getting what it needs from our leadership. And so after three successive rounds of really disappointing results, Tucker — I’m a member of the RNC and no other member is standing up to challenge leadership and our current leadership has never been challenged for the chair job, and I think that challenge and competition is very good.
And so I’m hoping to gain the support of grassroots Americans who do not like the direction of the party and its leadership. They need to contact the 168 members of the RNC in their states and territories and tell them that they, too, want change.
I think that change is popular among the base. I hear from thousands of Americans on a weekly basis about that. They want to see us fighting. Tucker, you know as well as anybody else that I’m a fighter. I fight every waking hour of the day. And that’s what we need right now. And so that’s me. I’m offering to take a giant step back from my law firm and my nonprofit to do this. It’s a big sacrifice. But I think it’s important for our country that I love so much as a first-generation immigrant.
Dhillon has spoken out against the current Republican leadership in other instances, including during an appearance with Laura Ingraham in which she encouraged decentralization of the RNC. She has also stated online that those in the consultant class who keep losing must be kicked to the curb.
A tough battle lies ahead for Dhillon in her plans to oust McDaniel — the current RNC chair recently circulated a letter signed by 107 of 168 of the committee, per NBC News.