The Republican National Committee won’t alter its rules to avoid a primary challenge to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in 2020, the Washington Examiner reports.
RNC rules chair Jeff Kent wrote in an email to members last week that they won’t make any changes to the committee’s rules at the upcoming annual winter meeting in New Mexico, initially saying that any alterations would have to wait until the following year.
"As a reminder, the RNC is not amending any rules between now and the convention” in 2020, Kent wrote last Friday, according to the Examiner.
The article notes that members of the RNC grew more concerned about a potential primary challenge after Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, published an op-ed criticizing Trump.
The RNC could rebuke the former Republican nominee for president at the upcoming meeting, which may also see the committee draft a resolution confirming its support for the president.
The RNC is reportedly confident that Trump’s base and the committee’s existing bylaws will prevent a primary challenger from succeeding, but some members worry that the RNC may wait until it’s too late to prevent an upset.
"Who is going to support amending the rules that everyone will have competed and played under for almost two years during the final week of the 2020 campaign when they aren’t willing amend the rules now and prevent any problems?" one former official told the Examiner.
"If you have a problem you can solve before it happens you solve it. You don’t kick the can down the road, unless you’re a 'Never Trumper' or your (sic) want a Plan B."
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