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RNC Chair: GOP Must Build Wall Or Lose Base

The Republican National Committee chairwoman offered frank words for any GOP lawmakers who might scoff at the prospect of building President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, saying they will "lose the trust of our base."

RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel explained that party loyalty hinges on whether Republicans in Washington can make good on the president's, and the party's, campaign pledges.

"They're gonna lose the trust of our base if we don't keep our promises, our base is gonna walk away," said McDaniel on an April 26 airing of "The Laura Ingraham Show."

The construction of the border wall came to the forefront of McDaniel's discussion as host Laura Ingraham reportedly made references to Republican heads "sitting behind closed doors" and mocking the idea of building a wall, according to LifeZette.

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This came amid news that Congress may refuse to appropriate start-up money for the wall.

"They're gonna feel like, 'Hey, you said one thing on the campaign trail to get elected and you didn't act on it,'" commented McDaniel.

"Certainly this was front and center in his campaign and our voters are gonna expect us to act on it," McDaniel added, according to CNN.

McDaniels also warned that Republican voters will make their voices heard in the legislature: "I know that our voters are gonna hold us accountable in 2018 if we do not keep the campaign promises that were made. When you get to Washington, sometimes you forget what was said outside and it's important that we bring that back to Washington and let them hear what the voters expect of this government and of the president."

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In spite of her warnings to Republicans in Congress, McDaniel praised President Trump's performance in his first days in office.

"You've seen jobs coming back," she said. "You've seen our national security standing rise in this country. I mean, action after action that the president talked about on the campaign trail he has enacted in just a hundred days."

McDaniel cited the Republican Party's fundraising successes in arguing that Trump was doing well, saying that Trump's first three months as president had seen the Republican National Committee rake in an amount double that of the Democratic National Committee's take during the same time in former President Barack Obama's tenure.

"We have $41 million dollars in cash on hand, 250,000 small donors that we've added since January," said McDaniel. "The president is popular, and the RNC is reaping money because of the action he is taking and voters are very pleased."  

Sources: CNN, LifeZette / Photo Credit: Jacob Resor/Flickr