Outgoing President Donald Trump has talked with his advisers about the possibility of starting his own political party to compete with the GOP for right-wing voters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
“Mr. Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week, the people said. The president said he would want to call the new party the ‘Patriot Party,’ the people said,” reported Andrew Restuccia.
“Mr. Trump has feuded in recent days with several Republican leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who on Tuesday said Mr. Trump deserved blame for provoking the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol,” the report continues. “Polls show Mr. Trump retains strong support among rank-and-file GOP voters.”
“It’s unclear how serious Mr. Trump is about starting a new party, which would require a significant investment of time and resources,” the Journal noted. “The president has a large base of supporters, some of whom were not deeply involved in Republican politics prior to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.”
A political party that split a significant share of the conservative vote could pose a serious threat to the Republican Party if it pulled any significant fraction of voters.