Former President Donald Trump allegedly floated an idea to start a third political party last week. This week, he is fully focused on helping the Republican Party gain traction and win back the House and the Senate in the 2022 races.
“In the last 24 hours, after floating the idea through a few folks that he was considering creating a third-party as a way to keep Senate Republicans in line ahead of impeachment, Trump has been talked out of that and is making clear to people he isn’t pursuing it,” The New York Times reported. “Trump has started to believe there are fewer votes to convict than there would have been if the vote had been held almost immediately after January 6.”
According to the report, Jason Miller, a top Trump advisor, had drafted an “enemies list of Republicans for his Patriot Party to challenge in the Primaries. However, if a third party was created, they would be unable to directly challenge for primary seats.
“The President has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022,” Miller said. “There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that, but it’s completely up to Republican Senators if this is something that becomes more serious.”