Former President Donald Trump has reportedly dropped the idea of creating a third party and will instead focus on other political plans for 2022 and 2024.
“In last 24 hours, after floating through a few folks that he was considering creating a third party as a way to keep Senate Rs in line ahead of impeachment, Trump has been talked out of that and is making clear to people he isn’t pursuing it,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote on Twitter.
“Trump has started to believe there are fewer votes to convict than there would have been if the vote had been held almost immediately after Jan. 6,” she added. “There’s also the fact that threatening a third party while simultaneously threatening primaries makes no sense.”
Despite rumors that the former president was mulling the idea of forming the “Patriot Party,” Jason Miller, one of his key advisers, said former President Trump “has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022.”
“There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that, but it’s completely up to Republican senators if this is something that becomes more serious,” Miller said.
Miller revealed in a podcast interview with Carrie Sheffield from Just The News that the former president has a couple of goals over the next few years.
Miller said Trump intended to help Republicans win back the House and Senate in 2022 “to make sure that we can stop the Democratic craziness,” and “You’re also going to see him emerge as the nation’s leader on ballot and voting integrity.”
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— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 23, 2021
Former acting director of U.S. National Intelligence Richard Grenell told Newsmax TV on Saturday that President Trump told him on numerous occasions that he “does want to run again” for the White House. Grenell said he hopes the former president will campaign in 2024 as a member of the GOP, given that he is currently “the head of the Republican Party.”
“Look, it’s like a sports team, your party is not always perfect, and you try to get it better. If you don’t like an aspect of something that’s going on, then you work to make it better, but you don’t abandon it. I believe that the Republican Party is the best place, Donald Trump is the head of the Republican Party still, let’s make no mistake about that,” Grenell said, noting “we’ve got a long ways to go” before 2024.
According to recent research from national pollster Rasmussen, former President Trump represents a “major political force” for most Republicans.
The results show that 56% of Republicans view former President Trump as important to political developments, with 39% of independent voters agreeing, while most Democrats do not.
The former president is by far the most popular politician in the entire GOP. A roundup of year-ending 2020 polls and surveys showed that he gained the support of about 9 in 10 of self-identified Republicans.
Last week, in his first public remark since leaving office, Former President Trump said of his future plans, “We’ll do something, but not just yet.”