Don mulls floating ‘Patriot Party’ for Maga base – Times of India

Donald Trump is weighing forming a new political outfit called the Patriot Party in a bid to rally his Maga base and exert continued influence after he leaves the White House. Trump has talked in recent days with associates about his venture, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, confirming the projection in several quarters in recent weeks that the Republican Party is heading for a split.
Trump has repeatedly lashed out in recent days at the establishment wing of the Grand Old Party, including at his vice-president Mike Pence, and Senator Mitch McConnell, for not helping him steal an he lost. They in turn have thrown Trump under the bus even though he appears to command majority legislative support. McConnell on Tuesday directly accused Trump of provoking the mob that stormed the Capitol by feeding them lies. Pence gave Trump farewell a miss but attended the Biden inauguration.
Trump still commands enormous support among the Republican base. A Morning Consult-Politico survey published last week found 42% of Republicans say they would support Trump if he ran in 2024, a decrease of 13 percentage points from November but still significant. Many Republican lawmakers, particularly Senators who are up for reelection in 2022, are fearful of being “primaried” by the Trump base (defeated in the inner-party elections) as Trump has threatened. But that is also the reason some Republican lawmakers are looking at the prospect of putting Trump out of the 2024 race and holding elective office by joining Democrats and impeaching him.
The US has long embraced a two-party system. The most recent third party candidate to win over 5% of the votes was Ross Perot, a tech entrepreneur who ran as an independent and as standard-bearer of the Reform Party in 1992 and 1996, winning 18.9% and 8.4% of the vote respectively.

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