Donald Trump said it’s only the ‘beginning’ of his MAGA movement in his farewell speech (Picture: EPA)
Donald Trump is talking about starting a new ‘Patriot Party’ after he leaves the White House, according to reports.
The outgoing president spoke with his top aides about creating a new political party last week before saying it’s only the ‘beginning’ of his MAGA movement in his farewell speech, sources told The Wall Street Journal.
The informants also revealed the new party would be called the ‘Patriot Party’, echoing his election-winning promise to ‘Make America Great Again’.
It’s not known how Trump would form a new political party in the US, which has been historically dominated by two parties – the Democrats and Republicans.
The term ‘Patriot’ means someone who takes pride in their country, but using it to describe a political movement may concern some.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) defines the ‘Patriot Movement’ as a collective term for ‘a set of related extremist movements and groups’ in the US whose ideologies centre on anti-government conspiracy theories.
‘The most important segments of the “Patriot” movement include the militia movement, the sovereign citizen movement and the tax protest movement,’ the ADL states.
‘Though each submovement has its own beliefs and concerns, they share a conviction that part or all of the government has been infiltrated and subverted by a malignant conspiracy and is no longer legitimate.
Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol less than two weeks ago (Picture: EPA)
‘Though there is some overlap between the “Patriot” movement and the white supremacist movement, that overlap has shrunk over time; there are, in fact, people of color within the “Patriot” movement, particularly within the sovereign citizen movement.’
In his farewell speech from the White House, Trump was forced to concede to President-elect Joe Biden who will be inaugurated later today.
But while he indicated a peaceful transition, he also hinted at having no plans to step away from US politics.
He declared: ‘We must never lose this conviction. That means focusing on what we have in common.
‘At the centre of this is the expression of free speech and open debate. Only if we forget who we are and how we got here can we ever allow political censorship and blacklisting is unthinkable.
‘In America we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforced, rigid, orthodoxes, America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need sheltered from those of different opinions. That is not who we are or ever will be.’
In the UK, Trump’s close friend Nigel Farage founded the Brexit Party in 2018, which went on to win 29 seats in the European elections before Brexit.
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