The Foul Nickname of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

    Since taking office several years ago, the Republican National Committee Chairman has been harangued on social media for his unique name, earning an even weirder nickname.


    By Jacob Engels


    Things have gotten really weird for Reince Priebus. As the 2016 election heats up, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee has been intensely reminded of a nickname he earned when he was elected a few years ago.


    The nickname? Rancid Penis. Yes, you read that right.


    We spent several days mining the internet to try and find the exact genesis, and it seems to have started on Twitter in 2011 and continued in the blogoshphere and messages boards indefinitely First on The Right Scoop and then on The Democratic Underground. Over the past two years, thousands on Twitter, other social media sites, and people commenting on news articles/message boards have carried on the graphic nickname.


    For your end of the year enjoyment, we have included a recap of the best “Rancid Penis” tweets from the past 4 years. I would be seated, stop eating and drinking before reading these. Poor guy.


    “Reince Priebus becomes Rancid Penis”


    Republicans want to be taken seriously, so they a pick a new RNC Chairman whose name rhymes with ‘Rancid Penis?’ OK then. — @thejohnblog (January 14th, 2011).


    Why the hell is twitter telling me I should follow Rancid Penis? I hate the Chairman of the RNC.– @wildthing104 (June 29th, 2012).


    RNC Chairman, Rancid Penis, says Repugs will support Legitimate Rape guy Todd Akin. — @tiborjan (September 28th, 2012).


    Wait my mom just called this guy ‘Reince Priebus’ ‘Rancid Penis’. — @caitymccaff (October 16th, 2012).


    If Reince Priebus was NOT constantly taunted all through school as “Rancid Penis” those kids were soulless witless chicken shit punks! — @gaelicartguy (January 25th, 2013).


    Full disclosure: Whenever I hear the name Reince Priebus, in my head I repeat it over and over as Rancid Penis.@smeadonthetweet (April 28, 2013).


    Anagram for Reince Priebus is Pubic Sneer Ire.. ..I think I will refer to him as Rancid Penis from now on. — @DssdentAggrssor (October 30th, 2013).


    Why does my auto-correct want to make Reince Priebus=Rancid Penis. Oh well. — @ten24gent (March 26th, 2014).


    I can’t help it—every time I see or hear the name Reince Priebus I think “Rancid Penis.” Every time. — @MichaelMHughes (August 29th, 2014).


    Reince Priebus blocked me and I never once called him Rancid Penis. — @Lefsemaker (April 17th, 2015).


    If my name was Rancid Penis, I suppose I’d be a really nasty dick too.– @nikflorida (October 21, 2015.)


    RANCID PENIS STINKS RNC Chair Rubs Salt In CNBC’s Wounds After Fox Business Debate — @doodlebug0 (November 11th, 2015).


    RNC Chairman Rancid Penis kicks off the #CNNDebate — @RogerJStoneJr (December 15th, 2015).


    See you in 2016!



    Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at