Trump pondering establishement of new political party

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (MNA) – Trump is reportedly considering the start of the 'Patriot Party' after facing criticism from top Republicans over the Capitol riot.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump has talked in recent days with associates about forming a new political party, according to people familiar with the matter, an effort to exert continued influence after he leaves the White House.

Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week, the people said. The president said he would want to call the new party the “Patriot Party,” the people said.

Trump has feuded in recent days with several Republican leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who on Tuesday said Trump deserved blame for provoking the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. 

The White House declined to comment.

It’s unclear how serious Trump is about starting a new party, which would require a significant investment of time and resources. The president has a large base of supporters, some of whom were not deeply involved in Republican politics prior to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Third parties have typically failed to draw enough support to play a major role in national elections. Any effort to start a new party would likely face intense opposition from Republican party officials, who would chafe at the thought of Trump peeling off support from GOP candidates.

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