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Exclusive: Dozens of former Republican officials in talks to create an anti-Trump third party

(Reuters) – Dozens of former Republican officials, who do not want to stand in support of former President Donald Trump and see it as an attempt to undermine American democracy, are in talks to form a center-right separatist party, four of whom are in talks, he told Reuters.

File photo: US President Donald Trump walks into Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA on January 20, 2021. REUTERS / Carlos Barria

Initial discussions include former Republicans, former Republican ambassadors and Republican strategists in the Republican administration of former elected Republicans Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, George W. Bush and Trump.

More than 120 of them made a zoom call last Friday to discuss the secessionist group, which operates on a platform of “principled conservatism” including constitutional compliance and the rule of law – and those involved have been trashed by Trump.

The plan is to recognize center-right candidates in others, such as Republicans, Independents or Democrats, in addition to running candidates in some races.

Evan McMullin, who is the House’s Republican convention chief policy director and ran independently in the 2016 presidential election, told Reuters he had co-hosted a zoom call with former officials concerned about Trump’s grip on Republicans and the party’s Nativeist turn. Taken.

Three more confirmed their call to Reuters and discussions for a possible split party, but asked not to be identified.

Participants in the call included John Midnick, general adviser to the Department of Homeland Security under Trump; Former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent; Elizabeth Newman, vice president of the Department of Homeland Security under Trump; And another former Trump Homeland Security official, Miles Taylor.

The talks highlight Trump’s misrepresentations of election fraud and the broader impact of US Capital’s deadly January 6 storm. Most Republicans are loyal to the former president, but others are seeking a new direction for the party.

The House of Representatives on January 13 accused Trump of inciting a revolt by mobilizing thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol on the day Congress convened to ensure Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.

The call participants said they were particularly stunned as more than half of Republicans in Congress – eight senators and 139 House representatives – voted to block Biden’s election victory certificate just hours after the Capitol siege.

Most Republican senators have indicated they will not support Trump’s sentence in this week’s Senate indictment.

“Much of the Republican Party is intensifying and threatening American democracy,” Macmulin told Reuters. “The party must reconsider its truth, reason and founding principles or be clearly new.”

‘These losers’

Asked about third-party discussions, Trump spokesman Jason Miller said: “These losers left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Biden.”

Representative of the National Committee of the Republican Party, President Rona McDonnell cited a recent report.

“If we continue to attack each other and focus on attacking fellow Republicans, if there are differences within our party, we will lose sight of 2022 (elections),” McDonnell told Fox News last month.

“We’re only going to win if we get together,” he said.

Biden did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the White House.

McMullen said more than 40% of those who called last week’s Zoom call backed the opinion of a national third party, which split. Creating a “faction” within or outside the current Republican Party is another option for debate.

Names under consideration for a new party include the Integrity Party and the Center Right Party. If a decision is made instead of creating a faction, one name under discussion will be the central right-wing Republicans.

Members will know that the American political landscape is being shattered by remnants of previous failed attempts by national third parties.

“But there is a greater hunger for a new political party than I have ever experienced in my life,” one participant said.

Tim Reid report; Additional Report by Jared Renshaw; Editing by Soong Kim and Peter Cooney