Former United States President, Donald Trump, has jumped into politics again this weekend, by publicly backing his loyal supporter who also entertained the creation of a new “MAGA Party.”
In a recorded phone call, Trump offered his “complete and total endorsement” for another term for Arizona state party chairwoman Kelli Ward.
In recent weeks, Trump has entertained the idea of creating a third party, called the “Patriot Party”, and instructed his aides to prepare election challengers to lawmakers who crossed him in the final weeks in office, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), according to people familiar with the plans.
Even as he departed Washington DC, Trump announced, “We will be back in some form.” His statement experts say, is both warning and a prediction.
It’s unclear how serious Mr. Trump is about starting a new party, which would require a significant investment of time and resources.
No doubt the former president has a large base of supporters, some of whom were not deeply involved in Republican politics prior to his 2016 campaign.
Third parties in the United States, have typically failed to draw enough support to play a major role in national elections. Any effort to start a new party would likely face intense opposition from Republican party officials, who would frown at the thought of Mr. Trump peeling off support from GOP candidates.