In the wake of former President Donald Trump’s election loss, there has been some talk among Republicans of forming a new “Patriot Party” on the right to compete with the GOP for conservative and right-leaning populist voters.
A few “Patriot Party” groups even proceeded to file official paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to start the process. However, Trump’s still-active campaign committee has stepped forward on his behalf and disavowed the efforts to launch a new political party, The Daily Wire reported.
Trump has nothing to do with new Patriot Party
The disavowal of a nascent Patriot Party by Trump’s campaign team came by way of an FEC filing of its own on Monday that was intended solely to dispel any confusion caused by the other groups making filings of their own with an ostensible link to the former president and claims of joint fundraising efforts.
“Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. (‘DJTFP’) is filing this miscellaneous report … to disavow the activities of a committee named MAGA Patriot Party National Committee,” the campaign said in the FEC Form 99 filing.
“On January 25, 2021, MAGA Patriot Party National Committee filed a Form 1 (Statement of Organization) listing DJTFP as a participant in purported joint fundraising activities,” the filing continued. “DJTFP did not authorize the filing of this Form 1, has not entered into any joint fundraising agreement to fundraise through MAGA Patriot Party National Committee, and has no knowledge of MAGA Patriot Party National Committee’s activities whatsoever.”
“To be clear: DJTFP has no affiliation with MAGA Patriot Party National Committee, which is not authorized by Mr. Trump or DJTFP,” the campaign added. “DJTFP is placing this disavowal notice on the public record out of concern for confusion among the public, which may be misled to believe that MAGA Patriot Party National Committee’s activities have been authorized by Mr. Trump or DJTFP — or that contributions to this unauthorized committee are being made to DJTFP — when that is not true.”
Trump to back GOP candidates in 2022
Axios reported that, in response to the FEC filings of the various Patriot Party groups but before the campaign had filed its official disavowal, Trump advisor Jason Miller had said in a statement, “We are not supportive of this effort, have nothing to do with it and only know about it through public reporting.”
The Daily Wire noted that Miller had also dismissed claims over the weekend that Trump was compiling 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,” the top aide 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.”
Political split on the right
On a separate note, Just the News reported on some sobering polling results which indicate that, while the GOP base is certainly frustrated, forming a new party would likely only result in the Democratic Party staying in control.
A poll of 1,200 registered voters between Jan. 21-23 by pollster Scott Rasmussen’s RMG Research firm revealed that, if Trump really did form a Patriot Party ahead of the 2024 elections, 23 percent of those polled would back it over 17 percent that would remain with Republicans. However, 46 percent of respondents said they would support the Democratic Party.
What that means is that, despite not having majority support from voters, Democrats would become established as the dominant force in Washington D.C. while Republicans and Patriots fight amongst themselves in a divided minority — something that simply can’t be allowed to happen.