In his highly-anticipated speech at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday, former President Donald Trump finally addressed rumors that he may leave the Republican Party to create a third, MAGA-centric party.
Those rumors were killed within minutes of the 45th president taking the stage, as Trump made clear that he and his millions of loyal supporters are the future of the Republican Party and stressed that a third party would only hurt their efforts, Fox News reported.
“That was fake news”
A number of high-profile Republicans and conservatives on social media, along with everyday Trump supporters, have floated the idea of a third political party — one that would be in line with Trump’s method of tackling the issues of the day.
But in his speech, the former president said the idea didn’t deserve consideration, reminding the roaring audience what is at stake for the Republican Party in 2022 and beyond.
“I am not starting a new party. That was fake news,” Trump told the crowd, adding sarcastically, “Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s divide our vote so that we can never win.”
— CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 28, 2021
“You know they kept saying, ‘he’s going to start a brand new party.’ We have the Republican Party: it’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before,” Trump continued.
Run in 2024
After dispelling those rumors, Trump hinted at his plans in politics beyond the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, suggesting to the crowd that he would make another run for the White House in 2024.
“Actually as you know they just lost the White House,” Trump said, referencing his previous claims that he actually won the 2020 election. “I may even decide to beat them for a third time.”
The former president also took aim at President Joe Biden’s disastrous border policies that have led to a sharp increase in people rushing to the southern border, as well as a number of “RINOs” like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who voted in favor of impeaching Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“Hopefully they’ll get rid of her with the next election,” Trump said, according to The Hill. “Get rid of them all.”
Only time will tell what happens with the Republican Party in the 2022 midterms but with Trump’s undeniable political influence and consistently high polling within the ranks of the party, there’s a good chance that the GOP could reclaim lost ground in one or both chambers of Congress.