Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, said Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), who lost his primary last week, was right to concede and urged Republicans to deal with defeating the Democrats within the November elections.
Cawthorn, the middle of multiple controversies — including his claim that politicians he admired were inviting him to cocaine-fueled orgies — was defeated by state Sen. Chuck Edwards in North Carolina’s Republican primary.
“He was a rising star in our party and we’d like to make certain we retain that seat with Edwards, who defeated him,” McDaniel told “Fox News Sunday.” “And Madison did the appropriate thing by conceding. We’d like to deal with the Democrats and I might say this to each Republican.”
Cawthorn congratulated Edwards on his win, and like McDaniel called on the GOP to defeat the Democratic nominee.
Congratulations to @ChuckEdwards4NC on securing the nomination tonight.
It’s time for the NC-11 GOP to rally behind the Republican ticket to defeat the Democrats’ nominee this November.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) May 18, 2022
Some Republicans have expressed disdain for Cawthorn, including one in every of his own state’s senators, Sen. Thom Tillis, who supported his opponent.
McDaniel, though, wants them to place internal disputes aside and deal with the Democrats.
“They’re those on top of things,” McDaniel told Fox News’ Dana Perino. “They’re those destroying our country. And Republicans who’re fighting one another continuously, that shouldn’t be helping us defeat Democrats in November, and that should be the main focus.”
After his defeat, Cawthorn, in a post on Instagram, decried “establishment” Republicans who worked to unseat him.
“The time for genteel politics as usual has come to an end,” Cawthorn wrote. “It’s time for the rise of the brand new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to actually take command. We’ve got an enemy to defeat, but we are going to never have the option to defeat them until we defeat the cowardly and weak members of our own party. Their days are numbered. We’re coming.”
Asked what “Dark MAGA” is, McDaniel said she didn’t understand the term.
“It appears like something about Star Wars,” McDaniel said. “Just like the dark side of the force. I don’t know. I don’t know what that’s.”
Former President Donald Trump had endorsed Cawthorn on the eve of the first.
McDaniel said she still believes Trump’s endorsements are essential for Republican candidates, saying 81 of Trump’s picks won their races out of the 84 he endorsed.
“That’s like an A-plus,” she said.