Ronna McDaniel to RNC: 'We Can Never Let What We Saw Happen in 2020 Happen Ever Again'

The head of the Republican National Committee took aim at the 2020 presidential election outcome and praised former President Donald Trump during her opening remarks at the RNC's summer meeting in Nashville on Friday.

"Every one of us knows we can never let what we saw happen in 2020 happen ever again," McDaniel told the crowd.

Trump, who still holds significant sway over the Republican base despite his loss to President Joe Biden last year, initially refused to concede the race and since leaving office has continued to claim, without evidence, that the election was stolen from him. In a statement Wednesday, Trump referred to the 2020 election outcome as "the Crime of the Century."

McDaniel praised Republican-led states that have since adopted laws that roll back some voter access measures, including Georgia, which now has new requirements for absentee voters among other changes.

"Democrats wage war on election transparency, security and integrity, undermining our elections," McDaniel said. "As the Democrats lie and the media lie about these laws, Republicans are making it easier to vote and harder to cheat, and that is what the American people expect."

Trump isn't expected to attend the meeting, but the RNC crowd broke out into cheers and applause when the former president appeared briefly during a montage video.

McDaniel only mentioned Trump by name once in her address, praising the former president compared to his successor on jobs.

"President Trump got workers higher wages," she said. "Joe Biden is getting them pink slips."

Biden came into office at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in January but has seen regular jobs growth in the months since. The United States added 943,000 jobs in July, and unemployment fell to a new pandemic-era low of 5.4 percent.

The Republicans are expected to spend the weekend focused on elections and "voter integrity" issues—an indication that they likely will share ideas on laws similar to the new ones in Georgia and other states.

It comes as Republicans and Democrats jockey for control of the U.S. House and Senate during the second half of Biden's term. Democrats currently hold narrow majorities in both.

"We will take back the House and Senate in 2022, and we will take back the White House in 2024," McDaniel said.

She said she believes that safety policies put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, including mask mandates and shuttered schools, as well as efforts to teach children about racism—critics refer to it as "critical race theory"—have "awakened a sleeping giant: Moms."

"Moms are mobilizing against what Democrats are doing to our kids," she said.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel blasts 2020 outcome
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during the Trump Victory press conference on November 6, 2020 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. McDaniel spoke about the status of the election and intentions of pursuing allegations of ballot mishandling in Michigan and across the country. Elaine Cromie/Getty Images