President Donald Trump, frustrated with establishment Republicans, reportedly wants to create a new party when he leaves office.
According to a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday evening, Trump has been in deep talks with several aides about the creation of a new Patriot Party.
Should it happen – and we are confident it will – this new party would splinter from the Republican Party and likely surpass it in size within a year or two.
Why would Trump create the Patriot Party?
The former president believes many in the Republican Party have been disloyal to him, especially in the days and weeks following his election loss to current President Joe Biden.
For instance, Republican Governors in Arizona and Georgia refused to break the law and disenfranchise voters in those states; And state supreme courts with conservative (Republican) majorities failed to recognize Team Trump’s frivolous election fraud appeals.
By rebuffing Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, they upheld democracy, respected the rule of law, prevented a procedural coup d’état and saved America from an unwarranted crisis at the highest level.
Imagine if powerful Republicans, whether governors, members of a state supreme court or state legislature, flexed their muscles and gave Trump what he wanted in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona.
And imagine if then-Attorney General Bill Barr had arrested Joe Biden prior to the election as Trump instructed.
America, as we know it, would be no more.
Furthermore, not all high-profile Republicans have been in Trump’s corner since his rise in 2016. Both President Bushes famously refused to support him and, not long after Trump assumed office, Republican Senators Lisa Mirkowski, Susan Collins and John McCain aligned with Democrats to thwart Trump’s attempt to overturn Obamacare.
He’s also received a lot of criticism from Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse, former Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, and GOP Govs. Larry Hogan and Charlie Baker. And let’s not forget Trump’s run-ins with then Speaker of the House Paul Ryan who decided to leave politics rather than continue to work with Trump.
Also, much to Trump’s disdain over the years, several of his cabinet members, establishment Republicans, have often tried to reel him in when he spat on the rule of law and moral standards of presidential conduct.
Former Attorney Generals Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr were subsequently dismissed by Trump, who seemed to fail to understand that even presidents and their cabinet members are restricted by – and obligated to follow – laws and rules.
And lately, of course, more high-profile Republicans in Congress, such as outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are finally distancing themselves from the president and his toxicity following the violent Capitol riot he instigated on January 6.
So yes, Trump has an ax to grind with the Republican Party. By political standards, it was very loyal to him but the GOP fell far short of granting him the level of unmitigated loyalty he’d expected. And although he remained its popular leader for 4 years and was often the recipient of the GOP’s courteous, over-the-top enabling, a wall of establishment Republicans, even some who’d previously supported his antics, refused to treat him like a dictator in the end.
So, not only does a beaten and embarrassed Trump seek revenge on the GOP, he desires a party of undiplomatic, unabashed loyalists who will put their commitment to each other – and him – above the rule of law and the country.
Ross Perot’s Reform Party never became a major player, why would the Patriot Party?
Because America’s election politics is structurally set-up for a two-party system, it’s been next to impossible of other parties to reach mainstream status; But, the Patriot Party will have some strong elements in its favor other party start-ups didn’t have.
What would make the Patriot Party different from other party start-ups?
- Simply put, Donald Trump has the largest, most loyal base of supporters of any president in U.S. history. Despite his shenanigans and failures over the years, he received 74 million votes in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and was extremely competitive in a race he should have lost by a landslide.
He boasts a cult-like following and at least two-thirds (50 million) of those folks who voted for Trump in 2020 would likely follow him anywhere he goes. After all, 70 to 80 percent of his voters still think the election was stolen even though our federal and state governments have meticulously examined the facts and unanimously concluded there was no evidence of widespread fraud.
It’s those voters, who trust Trump over the government, media, science and reality in general, that’ll enthusiastically jump ship from the GOP to the Patriot Party.
- Second, many Trumpers aren’t card-carrying Republicans anyway. A lot of them were politically inactive, old school Dixiecrats, or independents prior to the president’s rise. Hence, many in his base don’t have a strong bond with the GOP.
- And third, parlaying from the comment in previous bullet point, the general consensus among a lot of Trumpers is the GOP has never represented their interests but was simply the lesser of two evils versus the Democratic Party.
Trump won the nomination because he didn’t sound like the typical Republican. He was very raw in his delivery and said the things a lot of people wanted to hear, no matter how untrue. Far from the quintessential Republican on the campaign trail in 2015-16, Trump scoffed at diplomacy and acted like an angry authoritarian; And people ate it up.
Nearly 20 GOP candidates ran for president in 2015/16 but only one, Trump, didn’t speak or act like a Republican. And we saw what happened… We saw who Republican voters preferred, even then.
A new Patriot Party would overtake the GOP in size in a year or two because over 50 percent of Trump 2020 voters would prefer it to the GOP. Again, we’ve seen evidence of their unwavering support of Trump since 2016, time and time again.
Furthermore, the country is so divided there will be little room for the pragmatic Republican who will surely represent the new political moderate when the Patriot Party is formed. Let’s face it, even the second coming of Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be enough to satisfy most so-called Republicans today.
There’s a large faction in America that has long believed the Republican Party is too moderate, too openminded and too status quo for their liking. It has been around for decades but was relegated to the fringiest corners of politics before Trump came along.
So, while Trump was successful in getting support from right-leaning independents, Evangelicals, and a spattering of Reagan Democrats in 2016, it was his ability to channel that large “peripheral, revolutionary sect” within the GOP that ultimately won him the nomination.
What would the Patriot Party look like?
Should the Republican Party splinter, expect to see the emergence of a party that resembles today’s Alt-right movement – currently a loose coalition characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and opposition to racial, religious, or gender equality.
And while they will expound some GOP viewpoints, it’ll be their right wing extremism and authoritarian, anti-diplomatic style that’ll separate them most from Republicans. Their mindset, as it relates to leadership and governing style, will be altogether different.
Patriot Party candidates will present themselves as conservative, God-fearing constitutionalists and a blue-collar alternative to the ‘elitist’ Democratic and Republican Parties, but will look to advance white supremacism, white separatism, anti-immigration, racism, anti-communism, anti-Zionism, antisemitism, Holocaust denial, xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, antifeminism, homophobia, and Islamophobia.
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New poll indicates majority of Republicans would support a breakaway Trump party
Feb 8, 2021
Sky News Australia
A new Hill-HarrisX poll has found 64 per cent of Republican voters would support a breakaway Trump party, underlining just how popular the former president remains with conservative voters.