DNC Statement on Ouster of RNC’s Top Lawyer for Criticizing Trump’s Big Lie 

In response to the news that top RNC legal counsel was “pushed out” for questioning Trump’s Big Lie, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“Donald Trump’s MAGA takeover of the RNC has already led to mass staff firings and an election denier litmus test for new hires — and now the committee’s top lawyer is the latest GOP official purged for disagreeing with Trump’s dangerous conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. Trump continues to push the Big Lie along with the rest of his extreme MAGA agenda while trying to bend the Republican Party to his will. His own staff don’t believe his unhinged conspiracy theories, and neither do the American people, who are ready to reject Trump and his attacks on our democracy once again this November.”  

NEW: Charlie Spies was reportedly pushed out of the RNC for criticizing Trump’s unhinged conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election (which Trump lost by 7 million votes). 

Washington Post: “Top RNC lawyer resigns after rift grows with Trump”

“The top lawyer at the Republican Party is resigning after he cited conflicts with his other work and with Donald Trump, who grew angry about his criticism of the former president’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen, people familiar with the situation said Saturday night.”

NBC News: “Republican National Committee chief counsel Charlie Spies is parting ways with the party apparatus just months after stepping into the role. He was ‘pushed out,’ according to a source familiar with the move.”

And speaking at an RNC retreat in Florida yesterday, Trump once again doubled down on his false claims about the 2020 election…and threatened to do the same this election cycle. 

Washington Post: “Trump spent many minutes making false claims about the 2020 election, claiming Democrats ‘rigged and stole that election, and we’re not going to let that happen again.’”

Spies apparently didn’t pass Trump’s election denial litmus test for RNC employees. 

CNN: “People seeking employment at the Republican National Committee have been asked in recent job interviews whether they believe the 2020 election was stolen, according to two sources familiar with the questioning. Over the past few weeks, Trump advisers have asked those seeking employment at the RNC about their views of fraud during the 2020 election, with the question serving as an apparent litmus test for hiring, the sources said.”

Spies’s ouster is the latest in a long list of headlines showcasing the Trump RNC’s Big Lie problem. 

Washington Post: “LaCivita is installing Christina Bobb — a former OAN reporter who has espoused false claims that the 2020 election was stolen — as senior counsel for election integrity. Bobb is the author of a book called ‘Stealing Your Vote: The Inside Story of the 2020 Election and What It Means for 2024’ and promoted the audit of Arizona elections.”

Rolling Stone: “Lara Trump Wants to Hire a QAnon-Pushing Election Denier to the RNC”

NBC News: “The Arizona GOP has selected state Sen. Jake Hoffman, a ‘fake elector’ indicted last week and accused of working to overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 win in Arizona, as a national committeeman for the Republican National Committee.”