Trump's bad pick for RNC chair - Michael Whatley of NCGOP | Eastern North Carolina Now

Opposition is mounting from conservatives to President Trump's endorsement of NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley for chairman of the Republican National Committee.  Whatley is viewed by many in the party as an opportunist and self-promoter.  He was also handpicked by liberal Republican US Senator Thom Tillis to run for NCGOP chairman.  Tillis has since been censured for his liberal record by the NC Republican state convention, something Whatley fought hard to try to stop.  Whatley has a long history of trying to take credit for things others have done and overstating accomplishments.

The Gateway Pundit is pointing out that Whatley has downplayed voting fraud problems and actually told voters to disregard Trump's endorsement of conservative Congressman Ted Budd for US Senate in the 2022 primary. (Conservatives are happy that Trump got that one right).

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2024/02/trump-endorsed-michael-whatley-rnc-chair-previously-told/

A leading conservative NC political site, The Daily Haymaker has also weighed in on the Whatley problem:

https://dailyhaymaker.com/making-north-carolinas-problem-a-national-problem/

Trump too often seems to get bad advice on his actions in North Carolina.  One remembers when Trump endorsed Thom Tillis in the 2020 US Senate primary, crashing the campaign of a very promising conservative challenger.  When Trump announced that endorsement at a major Trump rally, the crowd of Trump supporters loudly booed Trump's onstage announcement of the endorsement.

Now Trump is also endorsing do-nothing Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson for governor, a move that has many Trump supporting conservatives very upset.  It is seen as a replay of his Tillis endorsement, but this time Robinson's challengers are not going to end their campaigns.  Robinson is being challenged both from the right by conservative State Treasurer Dale Folwell and from the left by wealthy Tillis-endorsed trial lawyer Bill Graham.  Trump will not lose any votes for himself over it, but voters are learning that as in the Tillis endorsement, sometimes Trump is getting very bad advice in making endorsements.


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