In his farewell address, President Trump promised the movement that was started in 2016 was only beginning. For years, he’s claimed that the MAGA movement was never about him. He only was able to ride a wave that was growing for a long time. And now, with his time in office over, it appears he is thinking about the future.
Democrats rushed to impeach him for a second time, because they fear he might return to politics sooner than they think. Some have wondered what Trump will do in 2024. Will he return to run for president again? Will he stay a prominent and vocal member of the GOP? Will he lend his considerable popularity to Republicans running for office?
Another option has emerged. Reports suggest Trump is discussing the possibility of breaking from Republicans to form his own party.
President Donald Trump has reportedly spoken to some of his associates in recent days about forming his own political party…
“Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week, the people said,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The president said he would want to call the new party the ‘Patriot Party,’ the people said.”
The report indicated that it was unknown how serious Trump was about the idea and noted that the investment of time and resources needed to make it a major player in American politics could be a deterrent to the president. [Source: Daily Wire]
If there is anyone out there able to start a new, competitive political party in this day and age, it’s Donald Trump. And there is good reason to think it’s a possibility.
Some might argue that starting another conservative party would “fracture” support, giving Democrats an advantage in future elections. But it might not be that cut and dry. Remember, Trump got 75,000,000 (real) votes in 2020. His influence assured countless candidates won both their primaries and general election.
Should he form his own “Patriot Party,” it could very well draw in Republicans, moderates, and Independents from all corners of the country.
There is good reason to think Republicans would be happy to leave the GOP, after the events of 2020. Soon after the election, plenty of establishment Republicans ignored calls for transparency and congratulated Biden. Then, they threw Trump under the bus over the events of January 6. That includes Mitch McConnell, who so quickly abandoned the man who helped him the last four years.
Does that sound like a party Trump supporters are eager to stay in? In recent weeks, we’ve seen numerous notable Republicans turn on the president to save their own skins. That’s not something American voters like to see. They just might be happy to leave the GOP for anything Trump leads.
But whether it happens remains to be seen. Trump might return to private life. Or he might remain with the GOP, planning a 2024 bid.
Whatever happens, it’s safe to say the Republican Party will never be the same.