Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said Sunday she doesn’t “know what Dark MAGA is” in response to a question about a statement by Rep. Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) about what it is said to be the rise of a new distant right-wing political faction.
McDaniel told “Fox News Sunday” that Cawthorn’s “Dark MAGA” comments reminded him of a popular sci-fi movie franchise.
“I don’t know what Dark MAGA is,” she said. “It feels like a Star Wars thing, like the dark side of the force.”
Cawthorn, who represents North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, lost the GOP primary race last week to Senator Chuck Edwards after a series of outrageous headlines and controversy, including photos of him wearing lingerie female, comments he made alleging “orgies” among Washington’s elite and a remark calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug.”
Following his loss, Cawthorn ambiguously tweeted about the rise of an apparent political faction within the Make America Great Again banner, calling it “Dark MAGA”.
“It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to really take command,” Cawthorn said in an Instagram post. “We have an enemy to defeat, but we can never defeat him until we defeat the cowardly and weak members of our own party. Their days are numbered. We arrive.”
McDaniel said the North Carolina primary was a “well-contested” race between Cawthorn and Edwards.
“Madison had a few issues that came out, he was a rising star in our party,” she said, “but Madison did the right thing by conceding.”