Former US President Donald Trump isn’t going anywhere and in recent days there have been talks that he’s forming his own “Patriot Party”.
Unnamed sources in Trump’s circle told the Washington Post that he will “drain the swamp” and will start with the Republicans who antagonized him. He apparently has a $70 million war chest for the purpose.
The same sources claimed the threat is intended to give him leverage to put pressure on Republican Senators to vote against convicting him in his impeachment trial in February.
Behind closed doors at Mar-a-Lago, Trump is reportedly instructing aides to prepare primary challenges against Republicans who opposed his claims of election fraud, or voted in the House to impeach him over his role in the deadly January 6 Capitol riots.
Trump made his first public comments since leaving office over the January 23-24th weekend, promising he would make a comeback in some form.
“We’ll do something, but not just yet,” Trump told journalist Rob Crilly from the Washington Examiner.
Regarding what that “something” is, one of his key advisers Jason Miller revealed in a podcast interview with Carrie Sheffield from Just the News that Trump was focused on election integrity.
Trump intended to help Republicans win back the House and Senate in 2022 “to make sure that we can stop the Democratic craziness”, and that “you’re also going to see him emerge as the nation’s leader on ballot and voting integrity,” Miller said.
Outgoing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed Trump for instigating the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 that left five people dead.
“The mob was fed lies,” the Republican leader said on the Senate floor. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”
Trump’s list also allegedly includes Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, the number three Republican in the House, who led a group of 10 colleagues in voting with Democrats for impeachment, and South Carolina Representative Tom Rice.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is also reportedly on the list after refusing to back his challenge to the state’s election results; while Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is on Trump’s list after she declared she was open to convicting him in the impeachment trial.
Google searches for “Patriot Party” have soared in recent days, with more interest in the term than the “Republican Party” or the “Democratic Party”
But Patriot Party is already a registered trademark and one which is not held under the name Donald Trump.
Analysis of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that rights to the name are held by another Florida-based individual named Donald: Donald Magyar.
Donald Magyar is named as the founder of the Patriot Party website. A mission statement on the site says the group hopes to “break the political stranglehold of the Democrats and Republicans by replacing them with Patriots at all levels of government.”
How that will work out, time will tell.
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