Former President Donald Trump has reportedly put the idea of a potential third party on hold for the time being and, according to Newsmax, is focused on focusing on possible primary challenges for Never Trump Republicans.
After Joe Biden's inauguration, it was reported that Trump had spoken to allies about creating a new third party, the Patriot Party.
Advisers close to Trump said a third party idea came about after he and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) exchanged words.
McConnell blamed Trump for the deadly January 6 riot at the Capitol.
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Trump Thinking Senate conviction not likely
The New York Times correspondent in Washington, Maggie Haberman, reported that the third party was in part a means to deter Republicans from voting for the impeachment trial to condemn him, but Trump doesn't believe there is one in the Senate Conviction for impeachment will give.
It would take seventeen Republicans to vote for a Senate trial.
Haberman said on Sunday, "In the past 24 hours after going through some people he was considering creating a third party to keep the Senate R in line before impeachment, Trump has been advised against it and makes it clear People he doesn't pursue, how to be familiar with his thinking. "
In the past 24 hours, after going through some people he was considering creating a third party to bring Senate Rs into line before impeachment, Trump has been advised against it, making it clear to people that he isn't Persecution, per person familiar with his thinking.
– Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2021
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It has been almost three weeks since Trump supporters protesting electoral college vote certification stormed the Capitol Building.
Many members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, have accused Trump of instigating the violence.
Haberman continued, "Trump has started to believe that there are fewer votes to condemn than there would have been if the vote happened almost immediately after January 6, those familiar with his thinking said."
Trump has started to believe that fewer votes are to be condemned than it would have been if the vote happened almost immediately after January 6, those familiar with his thinking said.
– Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2021
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Possible primary goals for Trump
While there is still no official word from Donald Trump on the primary challenges, his son Eric had the idea in mind before the certification vote.
There are several prominent "Never Trump" Republicans in Washington who could make major targets possible.
Not only is Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in trouble at home, having won a major opponent back in 2022, several other Republicans have come out against Trump in the past few weeks.
Immediately after the Capitol violence, Utah Senator Mitt Romney chastised Trump, "What happened in the US Capitol today was a riot instigated by the President of the United States."
Romney also stated that he believes impeachment could bring "unity to our country".
The Utah Senator has been known to be “Never Trump” since the 2016 election.
What happened in the US Capitol today was a riot instigated by the President of the United States. https://t.co/NojKm86sZ2
– Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) January 6, 2021
Senate minority chairman Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also said "The mob has been fed lies" and went on to say that the Capitol riot was "President provoked".
10 Republicans in the House who voted for the Trump indictment could, in theory, cheer Trump supporters for primary challenges. They include:
Newly elected Michigan MP Peter Meijer
South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice
The Washington representatives Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Beutler
Never Trump Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who once contemplated challenging the President against Trump by a third party
Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton
New York Rep. John Katko
California MP David Valadao
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski said the charges against Trump were "appropriate" but did not say whether she would vote for conviction.
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Trump thinking about multiple future plans?
There has been a lot of speculation about what Trump's future plans might include besides forming a third party.
Rick Grenell, former acting director of the National Intelligence Service and one of Donald Trump's most loyal senior administrators, said Trump told him, "personally, he wants to run again several times."
Grenell also said that "Trump needs the Republican Party as much as it needs him."
🥳 "Trump wants to run again," says the former deputy chief of intelligence @RichardGrenell. Https://t.co/H2SnMDG7gc
– Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 25, 2021
Another possibility mentioned was that Trump started his own media company.
A November report from Axios claims Trump told friends he wanted to start a digital media company to keep up with Fox News.
Many Conservatives believe Fox made a huge mistake on election night by calling Arizona early about Joe Biden.