Dozens of former Republican officials are in talks to break away from Trump’s GOP and form their own center-right party.
Early discussions include former Republican elected, former Republican officials of Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, former Republican ambassadors and Republican strategists.
More than 120 of them held a Zoom call last Friday to discuss the breakaway group that would run on a platform of “principled conservatism,” including compliance with the constitution and the rule of law – ideas those involved say were devastated by Trump.
The new party would support candidates whether they are Republicans, Democrats, or Independents.
The dynamic of Trump’s division of the GOP was already evident in Georgia, where Republicans are waging open war with one another, along the pro and anti-Trump lines. It’s a story that isn’t getting the attention it deserves.
Trump is not in office, but his efforts to maintain control of the Republican Party have created a split between Trumpists and traditional Republican Conservatives. If the Republican Party splits in two, there won’t be enough Republican votes to win another federal election or many statewide elections.
The Republican Party is dying like everything else Trump has ever touched. The party is in a state of collapse and the idea that it will recover in 2022 looks more like a fantasy.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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