MORE than 120 anti-Donald Trump Republicans are considering forming a breakaway party, as the former president has branded them “losers.”
The group consists of former Republican officials who are discouraged by the party’s loyalty to Trump and have started talks about a possible center-right breakaway party.
A group of Republicans are reportedly concerned about the party’s loyalty to TrumpCredit: Reuters
Evan McMullin said that he hosted the Zoom call where the group discussed a potential third partyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The group held a Zoom call last Friday to hold some early-stage discussions, according to Reuters.
Among potential members are former elected Republicans as well as officials who served in the administrations of GOP leaders Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, the report said.
Evan McMullin, who was a chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, said that he hosted the Zoom call, and that those who attended were deeply concerned about the turn the Republican party has taken.
The platform the group plans to run on would be one of “principled conservatism,” which potential members feel Trump has led the party away from.
Former Homeland Security official Elizabeth Neumann participated in the call, according to reportsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Miles Taylor, who also served in Trump’s administration, was reportedly on the call as wellCredit: Twitter
When asked about the discussions about the new party, Trump spokesman Jason Miller said, “These losers left the Republican party when they voted for Joe Biden.”
The group of never-Trumpers are considering running candidates in some races, while endorsing center-right candidates — when possible — in others.
The plan is reportedly to endorse center-right candidates, if they align with the new party’s ideals, whether they identify as Republican, Independent or Democrat.
Others on the call include former Trump administration Homeland Security officials John Mitnick, Elizabeth Neumann and Miles Taylor, according to Reuters.
Former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent also reportedly attended.
The move to break away from the GOP comes at a time of intense polarization in the US.
While many Republican lawmakers have remained loyal to Trump, several have spoken out against the former president in the weeks since his supporters stormed the US Capitol building in an attempted coup in January.
A second impeachment trial for the former president began on Tuesday.