Speculation is growing that the first president in more than 30 years not to start a war will set up his own formally constituted political group.
President Donald Trump is rumored to be holding talks with his closest allies about potentially founding a new independent political party.
Several aides and other “people familiar with the matter” confirmed with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) the new conservative group, which would try to take control of the White House, would be called the Patriot Party.
At this stage, the White House is not prepared to make any announcement to either confirm or deny whether there will be a Patriot Party. However, that did not stop the paper from continuing to raise hopes among Trump supporters.
“It is unclear how serious Mr. Trump is about starting a new party, which would require a significant investment of time and resources,” WSJ reporter Andrew Restuccia said. “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.”
Restuccia believes discussion of a new political party was influenced by growing division across the Republican Party. Several high-ranking GOP members repeatedly resisted and disobeyed the president throughout his first term.
For example, Vice President Mike Pence controversially agreed to certify the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, despite repeated pleas from the president against doing so.
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) conceded defeat on behalf of the president for the November election, even though the president vehemently refused to do so, maintaining the Republican Party should have won a second term of presidency.
Restuccia predicts these so-called Republicans in name only are likely to object to President Trump establishing any new political party.
“Third parties have typically failed to draw enough support to play a major role in national elections,” he said. “Any effort to start a new party would likely face intense opposition from Republican Party officials, who would chafe at the thought of Mr. Trump peeling off support from GOP candidates.”
The latest presidential tracking poll shows that 51% of likely U.S. voters approve of the incumbent’s performance as president.
“The latest figures include 36 percent who strongly approve of the job Trump is doing,” the Rasmussen Reports website said.