Trump Privately Weighs Abandoning GOP To Start His Own ‘Patriot Party’

President Donald Trump kisses the U.S. flag at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 29, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

In the dwindling days of his presidency, President Donald Trump has been discussing the possibility of leaving the GOP behind him to start a new political party, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Trump has reportedly proposed calling it the “Patriot Party.”

The soon-to-be former President’s musings reflect his anger at Republicans whom he feels did not sufficiently defend him as he attempted to overturn the election with falsehoods about voter fraud.

The Republican Party has been kept under Trump’s tight grip even after he encouraged his supporters to mob the Capitol in a deadly siege that caused five deaths: A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 80 percent of Republicans do not believe the President was responsible for the attack.

The White House and Republican National Committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: