In Donald Trump’s final hours as president, he promised his supporters that it wouldn’t be long before he re-emerges on the political scene, but he didn’t specify how or when that might be.
According to the Daily Wire, new reports are offering Trump’s tens of millions of fans a tad bit more insight into what the former president’s future plans might be — and they could include a push to help Republicans secure the majority in both chambers of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.
Report: Trump nixes “Patriot Party” idea
According to the Daily Wire, Maggie Haberman, a journalist for The New York Times, tweeted on Sunday that Trump has abandoned reported plans of forming a third political party, which had a working title of the “Patriot Party.”
Trump seemed to have scared enough Senate Republicans with the idea to the extent that they will not vote to convict him in his upcoming impeachment trial.
“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,” Haberman tweeted Sunday.
The news likely comes as a relief to many; several top Republicans had summarily dismissed the idea of forming a third party to support Trump. Even though it would undoubtedly attract millions of the former president’s supporters, it would ultimately be a nuclear blow to Republicans running for office in the future, making it easy for Democratic candidates to secure victory.
“Win back the House and Senate”
Instead, according to hints from former top Trump adviser Jason Miller, Trump could be gearing up to train his sights on securing victories for Republicans running 2022, while at the same time backing attempts to primary certain Republicans who turned against him in the recent House impeachment vote.
“The president has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022,” Miller said, according to the Daily Wire.
“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,” he added.
“See you soon”
In the meantime, the ex-president’s supporters are eagerly anticipating a formal announcement of Trump’s plans. “I will always fight for you,” Trump vowed in his farewell speech as president, according to the Daily Wire. “I will be watching. I will be listening. And I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better.”
According to CBS News, the next day, as he departed Joint Base Andrews for the last time, Trump dropped a similar hint. “Have a good life. We will see you soon,” he told the crowd gathered for his send-off ceremony.
If the latest reports are true, Trump’s return may be much sooner than later.