Ex-RNC boss Ronna McDaniel finds new home at NBC, MSNBC as political analyst

NBC hired former Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel as an on-air contributor to all NBC News and MSNBC platforms, the company announced Friday.

McDaniel, who formally resigned from her position at the RNC earlier this month after presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump asked her to step down, faced a vocal faction of conservative detractors who viewed her as too close to the party’s establishment wing.

McDaniel will now serve as a political analyst on NBC News and its left-wing cable affiliate MSNBC.

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Former Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel joined NBC News and MSNBC.

The former RNC head will serve as a conservative voice on the network that employs staunch liberal political analysts such as former Biden administration press secretaryJen Psaki, ex-Kamala Harrisstaffer Symone Sanders-Townsend, former Obama campaign managerDavid Plouffe, and others.

“It couldn’t be a more important moment to have a voice like Ronna’s on the team,” NBC News political chief Carrie Budoff Brown said in a memo that was obtained by The New York Times.

Brown believes McDaniel will provide “an insider’s perspective on national politics and the future of the Republican Party,” according to the memo.

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Ronna McDaniel’s NBC News debut is scheduled for Sunday.  (David McNew/Getty Images)

Many will find it interesting to see if McDaniel provides NBC with a Trump loyalist voice. Michael Steele, another former RNC chair on MSNBC’s roster, has become one of its most reliably anti-GOP figures. Nicolle Wallace, a former George W. Bush aide, has become one of its most sharply left-wing voices as well.

The former president metwith McDanielat his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida in early February. Trump wrote in his Truth Social platform following the meeting that McDaniel was a “friend” but that he would be urging changes at the RNC.

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McDaniel’s NBC gig is expected to begin Sunday when she appears on “Meet the Press.” McDaniel will sit down with her new colleague, Kristen Welker, for her first interview since stepping down from the RNC.

McDaniel was the longest-serving RNC chair in modern history. She was nominated by Trump soon after his presidential election victory in 2016, and she won re-election in 2019, 2021, and January of last year. The GOP lost the House in 2018, the White House and Senate in 2020, and underperformed high expectations in the 2022 midterms.

She irked Trump by holding multiple GOP presidential primary debates, which he skipped, including one on NBC. McDaniel also came under plenty of criticism in recent months over the RNC’s finances.

McDaniel is also expected to join NBC News programming during notable election nights and political events.

Fox News Digital’s Anders Hagstrom and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Brian Flood is a media editor/reporter for FOX News Digital. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter: @briansflood. 

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