(Patriot.Buzz) – Signaling his commitment to go through proper protocol during the primary race, former President Donald Trump asked the members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) not to go ahead with a plan suggested by David Bossie from Maryland.
In a recent post on Truth Social, the former president rejected Bossie’s plan to name him as the “presumptive 2024 nominee.” However, Bossie quickly withdrew the resolution before it could be voted on at the RNC’s annual winter meeting.
Although Bossie did not immediately respond to requests for comments, someone with knowledge of the situation confirmed the resolution’s withdrawal. The Dispatch was the first to report on the draft resolution.
Many RNC members viewed Bossie’s draft as an effort by a strong supporter of Trump and other co-sponsors to heavily pressure RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. They wanted McDaniel to openly support Trump and urge former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley to exit the presidential race.
In a Fox News interview, McDaniel hinted that Haley does not have a viable path forward after losing to Trump in Iowa and New Hampshire, suggesting the party should rally around Trump.
In response to these developments, a spokeswoman for Haley stated, “Who cares what the RNC says? We’ll let millions of Republican voters across the country decide who should be our party’s nominee, not a bunch of Washington insiders.”
The spokeswoman added that if McDaniel wanted to be helpful, she could organize a debate in South Carolina, questioning if McDaniel was worried about Trump’s performance against Haley.
Some RNC members thought Bossie’s move might be an attempt to bypass Rule 11. This rule prevents the RNC from supporting any candidate with money or resources unless the candidate is unopposed, without the unanimous agreement of all RNC members.
David Drucker from the Dispatch noted that under current RNC rules, Trump still needs 1,215 delegates to become the unchallenged presumptive nominee. He currently leads Haley with 32 delegates against her 17.
Passing the resolution could have started a process where the national party collaborates with Trump as if he had already secured these delegates. This action would also show the GOP establishment’s eagerness to support Trump and conclude the primary early.