RNC Chair McDaniel Says GOP Candidates Won’t Run Away From Trump: He ‘Energizes Our Base’

As the Democrats have engaged in finger-pointing on the day after their special election loss in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, the Republicans have been busy taking a victory lap.

RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel took the occasion to visit MTP Daily on Wednesday. She was asked by host Chuck Todd if she is “comfortable” with the 2018 midterms being a referendum on President Donald Trump. McDaniel answered with an emphatic yes.

“President Trump energizes our base,” she said. “He gets Republicans out. They are 100 percent with him…We saw that message in November. Now we see that message in these four special elections and bringing the president into these races has only energized our base more. So I think that’s a good strategy.”

The GA-6 race was seen by many as a referendum on Trump, even though both Republican candidate Karen Handel and her Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff were reluctant to mention the President’s name.

McDaniel believes the President helped put Handel over-the-top in Tuesday’s vote, and would encourage future Republican candidates to have Trump make appearances on their behalf, if possible.

“I think you should bring the President in. I do,” she said. “He’s energized our base in all of these specials and our base notices if you walk away. So we want to support the leader of our party and people want to see things get done.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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