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Ronna McDaniel Joins NBC as Political Commentator

Ronna McDaniel Swaps RNC Leadership for NBC Commentary

Ronna McDaniel
SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican Party, delivers remarks during the FOX Business Republican Primary Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on September 27, 2023 in Simi Valley, California. Seven presidential hopefuls squared off in the second Republican primary debate as former U.S. President Donald Trump, currently facing indictments in four locations, declined again to participate. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ronna McDaniel, the erstwhile chair of the Republican National Committee, is stepping across the aisle in a manner of speaking, now serving as a commentator for NBC and its affiliated cable network, MSNBC. This move comes hot on the heels of her stepping away from her leadership role within the Republican National Committee. It appears she will grace the NBC platform for the first time on the upcoming episode of ‘Meet the Press’.

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Having previously functioned as the chair for the Republican National Committee, McDaniel’s fresh enlistment with NBC comes in the wake of her resignation from the Republican institution this very month. NBC has publicly announced McDaniel’s new position, which speaks much about the analysts that the network has been recruiting.

The addition of McDaniel to NBC adds a hint of conservative insight to their team of political experts. NBC’s audience can expect the she would offer informed commentary, not just on NBC but also on MSNBC, which is widely seen as a network with a left-leaning bent. This is a platform that has been criticized in the past by former President Donald J. Trump and his supporters for being a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party.

Carrie Budoff Brown, the person responsible for NBC’s political coverage, stressed the importance of adding someone with McDaniel’s voice and perspective to the network, stating how vital it is to have her unique perspective as part of their lineup. The expectation is that she will provide a new angle, an insider’s look at nationwide politics and the direction the Republican Party is headed. An interesting aspect is her involvement in the coverage of the 2024 election cycle.

Chosen by the former President, Donald J. Trump, to helm the Republican Party following her instrumental role in securing his 2016 presidential election victory in Michigan, McDaniel has had an eventful tenure as the chairwoman. Her stint witnessed occasional disagreements with Trump. In particular, Trump expressed discontent last year regarding her decision to support multiple Republican presidential primary debates, one of which NBC hosted, a fact that drew attention as it featured the contenders to Trump.

In the early stages of 2020, McDaniel appealed to Republicans to rally behind Mr. Trump following his win in the New Hampshire primary, a decision which met with less than warm response from Nikki Haley, considered a rival to Mr. Trump who had yet to withdraw from the race. Subsequent developments saw Mr. Trump assign his daughter-in-law and a trusted advisor to steer the Republican National Committee, further solidifying his hold over the Republican establishment.

McDaniel joins a prominent roster of Republican commentators at NBC News which already features Marc Short, the previous chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, and Brendan Buck, who has been an influential aide to political figures such as Paul Ryan and John Boehner. Counterpart panellists bringing in the Democratic viewpoint include ex-Senator Claire McCaskill and Barack Obama’s past campaign manager, David Plouffe.

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NBC and MSNBC have been expanding their team of expert commentators since the commencement of President Biden’s tenure. Notable talent includes Jen Psaki, who performed the role of President Biden’s original press secretary, and Symone D. Sanders, who has previously acted as the chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris.

Eager observers are bound to be riveted by this development and its potential to shift the narration of contemporary political discourse. Undoubtedly, the vastly experienced McDaniel looks set to make her presence felt and exert a positive influence on NBC’s political coverage, notably beginning with her first appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ this Sunday.

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