Dozens of top Republicans in talks to form ‘anti-Trump’ third political party

Several Republican lawmakers who are unhappy with the way the party has dealt with Donald Trump, are in talks to form another party, according to a report.

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The discussions included over 120 members who are worried about Mr Trump’s influence in the party

Several Republican lawmakers who are unhappy with the way the party has dealt with Donald Trump, are in talks to form another party, according to a report.

Over a hundred members who think the party has failed to stand up to Mr Trump and his alleged attempts to undermine democracy, may break away and form a centre-to-right third party, Reuters reported, quoting people involved in the discussion.

The talks included former lawmakers, officials in the administration of Republican presidents such as Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Mr Trump himself, several ambassadors and strategists, according to the report. 

A zoom call held with 120 members last Friday discussed the party’s ideology of following “principled conservatism” and supporting ideas that have been “trashed by Trump”. 

The new party will plan to also field candidates in races, and support centre to right candidates from Republicans, Democrats or independents, the involved people told Reuters. 

Several members willing to form the breakaway party who asked not to be identified, confirmed to Reuters about the call. Evan McMullin, former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference, who ran as independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election, said he co-hosted the call.  

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