Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielMinorities and women are leading the red wave RNC pushes back against call for chair's resignation over LGBT outreach Conservatives praise Rittenhouse jury verdict MORE on Thursday acknowledged President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE's electoral victory over former President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE, marking the first time she has explicitly said Biden won the contest a year ago.
"Painfully, Joe Biden won the election and it's very painful to watch. He's the president. We know that," McDaniel told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington.
The former president has continued to falsely claim that the 2020 contest was stolen from him, a claim that has been repeated by other Republicans, including many running in next year's midterm elections.
McDaniel said that there were "lots of problems" with last year's presidential election.
"We have to show our voters we are putting processes in place that will ensure the election is fair and transparent," she said.
The RNC created a "Committee on Election Integrity" in February.
McDaniel also touted the importance of Trump to the party when it comes to getting voters to the ballot box.
"If he left the party, Republicans would lose. He has built our party. He has added a new base," she said.
When asked about 2024 and what role Trump, who has regularly floated but not confirmed another White House bid, could end up playing, McDaniel repeatedly pivoted back to next year's midterms.
"I think every Republican right now should be talking about 2022. I'm not talking about anything else other than what Biden is doing to destroy our country: high gas prices, an open border, an opioid crisis," she said.