More than 120 former Republican officials are in talks to form a center-right party because they see the Republican Party as being unable, or unwilling to break away from Donald Trump and his attempts to destroy American democracy.
Former officials from the administrations of Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump along with former Republican elected officials, ambassadors and strategists are in discussion to form the new party, according to Reuters.
The Zoom call with former officials who were concerned about the nativist direction and Trump’s control of the party was co-hosted by Evan McMullin. McMullin served as the chief policy director for the House Republican Caucus and ran for president as an independent in the 2016 election. The former officials discussed forming a new party that would run on a platform of principal conservatism and strict adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law, which they feel was under attack during the Trump administration.
“Large portions of the Republican Party are radicalizing and threatening American democracy,” McMullin told Reuters. “The party needs to recommit to truth, reason and founding ideals or there clearly needs to be something new.”
The group plans to run their own candidates as well as endorse center-right candidates regardless of their party affiliation.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller was critical of the discussion of a third party.
“These losers left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Biden,” Miller said.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) referred Reuters to a statement that Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel made to Fox News last month.
“If we continue to attack each other and focus on attacking on fellow Republicans, if we have disagreements within our party, then we are losing sight of 2022 (elections),” McDaniel said. “The only way we’re going to win is if we come together.”
According to McMullen, more than 40% of those on the call backed the idea of forming a new breakaway third party. They are also considering operating as a faction within the current Republican Party.
The names that are being considered are the Integrity Party and the Center-Right Party. If they decide to act as a faction within the current Republican party, one of the names under consideration is Center-Right Republicans.
They realize that there have been numerous attempts to start a third political party without success, but they contend that there is a “far greater hunger for a new political party” than there has been in the past.