Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, niece of incoming Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, tore into her uncle for a blistering op-ed that was highly critical of President Donald Trump.
Stating the truth, that Trump is already attacked 24/7 by much of the media and the opposition party, McDaniel called Romney’s effort “disappointing and unproductive.”
“POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive.”
POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive. https://t.co/ArhI7Bi7bo
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 2, 2019
Her remarks came in response to President Trump’s reaction to the op-ed, with the president calling for Romney to be a team player being tame in comparison.
Romney, who will be sworn in Thursday to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, wrote on New Year’s Day that “the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
The online reaction to McDaniel’s tweet drew on the family ties. One social media user tweeted, “Let’s play Family Feud!”
Let’s play Family Feud! https://t.co/24hrwBUDBr
— Don Millard (@OTOOLEFAN) January 2, 2019
Here’s a sampling of other responses that called attention to the family connection.
omg. Mitt’s your uncle!!! https://t.co/521JP4MexJ
— Sam Stein (@samstein) January 2, 2019
The Romney family Christmas must have been lit this year https://t.co/8Uc661U2Yo
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 2, 2019
When you have to prove you didn’t get special preference because of who your family is by throwing your family under the bus and then being the bus driver and running them over https://t.co/YhMlOedsgg
— Caroline Moss (@CarolineMoss) January 2, 2019
oh to be a fly on the wall at this family reunion https://t.co/uzIJwNZFwo
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 2, 2019
This is going to make for some awkward family get togethers… 😳 https://t.co/BU1RGlcDuN
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) January 2, 2019
A Romney intrafamily war is a great way to start the year. https://t.co/cr7zlfyGJy
— Mike Nelson (@wmikenelson) January 2, 2019
There was plenty of attention on McDaniel dropping Romney, her maiden name, from her name, after using it for years. According to the Washington Post, Trump asked her to do so after she became head of the RNC.
Reminder that Ronna McDaniel dropped “Romney” from her Twitter handle when she became RNC chair. https://t.co/aHxUr9URoU
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) January 2, 2019
That “incoming Republican freshman senator” is of course her uncle, whose last name she dropped to appease Trump.
And you thought your Christmas was awkward. https://t.co/h2EQjKIEVT
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) January 2, 2019
2019: Romney’s niece, who no longer uses her maiden name now that she is RNC chairwoman, chides her uncle Mitt for criticizing her boss Trump https://t.co/qjP1qgM8HT
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) January 2, 2019
One thing to disown your name, another thing to disown your uncle. My god. https://t.co/Cq5lpGq5HJ
— John Weaver (@jwgop) January 2, 2019
Shhhh! She’s been working very hard to bury her maiden name. pic.twitter.com/aE6B6M42oI
— Clara10🇵🇷 (@Claryse2) January 2, 2019