Donald Trump’s dominance in the GOP primary has become increasingly evident, especially after significant victories in Iowa and New Hampshire. The Republican National Committee (RNC) was reportedly considering a resolution to declare Trump the “presumptive nominee,” signaling the party’s strong backing for his potential candidacy in the 2024 presidential election. However, Trump, in a move reflecting his preference for a traditional electoral process, expressed gratitude to the RNC but suggested that the nomination should be determined “the ‘Old Fashioned’ way, and finish the process off AT THE BALLOT BOX.”
While I greatly appreciate the Republican National Committee (RNC) wanting to make me their PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE, and while they have far more votes than necessary to do it, I feel, for the sake of PARTY UNITY, that they should NOT go forward with this plan, but that I should do it the “Old Fashioned” way, and finish the process off AT THE BALLOT BOX. Thank you to the RNC for the Respect and Devotion you have shown me! TRUMP2024
In a statement addressing the situation, Trump acknowledged the RNC’s desire to make him the presumptive nominee, recognizing their substantial votes in favor. Despite this, he urged restraint for the sake of party unity, proposing that the nomination process should unfold organically through the voting process. Trump expressed appreciation for the respect and devotion shown by the RNC, signing off with the hashtag TRUMP2024.
However, in a subsequent development, the draft resolution that sought to officially declare Trump as the party’s presidential nominee has been withdrawn. Axios reported that the withdrawal occurred after Trump voiced his opinion on Thursday evening, advising against moving forward with the resolution. The proposed resolution, if approved, would have designated Trump as the GOP’s candidate for the 2024 election at a time when other potential candidates, such as Nikki Haley, have not indicated any intention to drop out of the race.
The resolution was initially slated to be considered by the Resolutions Committee, which would then determine whether to present it for a vote by the 168 RNC members at their annual meeting. RNC spokesperson Keith Schipper clarified that such resolutions are typically introduced by RNC members, with Chair Ronna McDaniel refraining from offering resolutions herself.
This episode underscores the complexities within the GOP, with Trump’s influence shaping party dynamics and the nomination process for the 2024 election becoming a topic of considerable debate and strategic consideration.