Written by Michael Palomba
Sources are saying that former President Donald Trump has dropped the idea of creating a third party, but he’s not leaving politics. Instead, he is focused on helping the Republican Party win back the House and Senate in 2022.
“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,” NYT reporter Maggie Haberman wrote.
Top Trump advisor Jason Miller responded to rumors that Trump had drafted an “enemies list of Republicans for his Patriot Party to challenge in primaries.”
“The President has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022,” Miller said. “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.”
The swearing-in of President Biden has united the Republican Party and put an end to some of the infighting that took place following the Capitol riot; Trump’s decision to remain in the party rather than start his own reflects that. In the past few days multiple Republican senators, most recently Marco Rubio, have come out against the impeachment trial facing the former president and are likely not to convict.
The Senate impeachment trial will start the week of February 8th, according to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.