Several Republicans, including former G.O.P. elected officials, consider a split from the party to form a third party.
More than 100 Republicans are expected to release a letter later this week threatening to form a third party unless changes are made to avoid the influence and political perspectives of former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Among those discussing the possibility are former Republican officials and strategists from Liz Cheney, Tom Ridge, Evan McMullin, and even former Trump administrators, like Miles Taylor.
Well – the Neocons have self identified – they are NOT @RNC – they are Progressives in camouflage – they must be shunted and removed from all political leadership positions now:
Over 100 Republicans threaten split unless GOP moves away from Trump https://t.co/J8uQpSYw5f
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) May 12, 2021
“When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice,” the statement opens, according to The Times.
Miles Taylor claims they met with other group organizers to discuss their concerns about Trump’s grip on the G.O.P. and “the dire situation of the Republican Party.” It is worth noting that Taylor is was a Department of Homeland Security under Trump. He also anonymously wrote a book condemning the Trump administration.
“This is us saying that a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans think that the situation has gotten so dire with the Republican Party that it is now time to seriously consider whether an alternative might be the only option,” he said.
“The list of people signing the statement includes former officials at both the state and national level who once were governors, members of Congress, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, state legislators and Republican Party chairmen,” Taylor said.
The majority of the Anti-Trump group had gone unnamed when Taylor was asked. However, according to a report by Reuters, Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey, Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters, as well as former Representatives Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, and Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma will sign it.
Names under consideration for a new party include the Integrity Party and the Center-Right Party.
Several head-figures of the Republican Party have previously expressed their displeasure with the conduct of former President Donald J. Trump after the January 6th Capitol siege and Trump’s second impeachment.
“I’m still a Republican, but I’m hanging on by the skin of my teeth because how quickly the party has divorced itself from truth and reason,” Mr. Taylor said. “I’m one of those in the group that feels very strongly that if we can’t get the G.O.P. back to a rational party that supports free minds, free markets, and free people, I’m out and a lot of people are coming with me.”
Despite the record-high number of voters Donald Trump recorded in 2016 and 2020, more than any sitting or former elected Republican president in history, some G.O.P. officials are still persistent on distancing themselves from the former POTUS.