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More Than 120 Prominent GOP Members Plotting Creation of New Political Party To Get Rid Of Trump

Dozens of former Republican officials, who view the party as unwilling to stand up to former U.S. President Donald Trump and his attempts to undermine U.S. democracy, are in talks to form a center-right breakaway party, four people involved in the discussions told Reuters.

The early stage discussions include former elected Republicans, former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, ex-Republican ambassadors and Republican strategists, the people involved say.

More than 120 of them held a Zoom call last Friday to discuss the breakaway group, which would run on a platform of “principled conservatism,” including adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law — ideas those involved say have been trashed by Trump.

The plan would be to run candidates in some races but also to endorse center-right candidates in others, be they Republicans, independents or Democrats, the people say.

Evan McMullin, who was chief policy director for the House Republican Conference and ran as an independent in the 2016 presidential election, told Reuters that he co-hosted the Zoom call with former officials concerned about Trump’s grip on Republicans and the nativist turn the party has taken.

(Source: Reuters)

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  1. A bunch of idealistic fools. I get where they are coming from, but if they get anywhere in this effort, it will herald the demise of any conservative voice in our government. The result will be a new 2 party system: the manipulatable liberals and the the leftists who manipulate them.

  2. Unless they can recruit moderate Democrats to join them, their situation as a “third party” is hopeless, and then they require the pro-Trump faction to take over the Republican party, while the left wing “progressive/socialist” wing has to at the same time take over the Democrats. As it is, without the support of the “deplorables” (working class non-Blacks), it is unlikely the Republicans could win a national election – suggesting that the most likely Republican to succeed is one who can avoid alienating either the pro-Trump proletarian base, as well as the tradition bourgeois Republican base.

  3. I would hope that they just join the Democratic Party to promote centrists like Joe Biden and work to defeat extreme leftists like Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, and Bowman.

  4. charliehall: Or perhaps that once the “extreme leftists” solidify their control over the Democratic party, the conservative Democrats would either join the Republicans (and note that many if not most Republican leaders since 1980 have been former Democrats). And alternatively, if the Republicans have become too populist for their tastes, the “refugees” from both parties would form a centrist “third party”. However the way it works, that when a party moves too far to an extreme, they start losing elections, and the bulk of the party moves back to center (e.g. after Goldwater in 1964, after Hilary in 2016).

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