According to reports, President Donald Trump has recently spoken to some of his associates about forming his own political party.
“Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week, the people said,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The president said he would want to call the new party the ‘Patriot Party,’ the people said.”
The report also said that it was unclear whether Trump was actually serious or not, adding that the amount of time and resources it would take to make a new party a major player in the American political system could discourage Trump.
Pro-Trump Republicans who are close to the Trump administration said that they thought it was a bad idea. They believe it would split the Republican Party, paving the way for Democrats to stay in power for a long time. Democrats and leftists on social media supported the idea for this exact reason.
The Wall Street Journal Report was released after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell harshly criticized Trump during a speech on the Senate floor.
He said, “The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty. This mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on. We stood together and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation. Not even for one night.”
On Tuesday, Trump’s last full day in office, he gave a farewell speech and spoke about some of the achievements his administration accomplished over the last four years.
“We must never forget that while Americans will always have our disagreements, we are a nation of incredible, decent, faithful, and peace-loving citizens who all want our country to thrive and flourish and be very, very successful and good. We are a truly magnificent nation,” he said. “All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated. Now more than ever, we must unify around our shared values and rise above the partisan rancor, and forge our common destiny.”