Even though she’s facing a challenge that could well cost her as chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Ronna McDaniel says she won’t debate her challengers in public and only wants to do so in front of the 168 members who make up the RNC.

McDaniel is facing an insurrection from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and attorney Harmeet Dhillon, and was asked by former Trump administration adviser and convicted felon Steve Bannon on his podcast Friday:

“Would you be open with the 168, or a broader audience in a town hall, would you be open to having Harmeet and Mike Lindell, the two people that have thrown their hat in the ring, to do a Q&A – to do it like a debate and defend your record of accomplishment?”

The RNC chair replied:

 “I’m always happy to talk to the 168. I’m always happy to talk to the 168. So, I’m talking to them every day.”

Bannon asked, “But would you be open to do it in a more public forum so this stuff could be aired?”

McDaniel again rejected the proposal:

“I’m Interested in doing things in front of the 168, that’s what I’m interested in doing.”

McDaniel and other officials in the GOP are under fire after a dismal showing in the 2022 midterm elections. Though Republicans won a narrow majority in the House, they actually lost ground in the Senate when a recent runoff election in Georgia resulted in incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock winning reelection over Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

The fact that McDaniel doesn’t want to publicly debate is telling. It suggests she knows that such a forum would expose all sorts of dirty secrets she’d rather keep hidden.

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