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President Donald Trump has reportedly spoken to allies about forming his own political party and he wants to call it the “Patriot Party.”
“Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week, the people said,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The president said he would want to call the new party the ‘Patriot Party,’ the people said.”
The report indicated that it was unknown how serious Trump was about the idea and noted that the investment of time and resources needed to make it a major player in American politics could be a deterrent to the president.
The report came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the president during a speech today on the Senate floor.
“The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty,” McConnell said. “This mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on. We stood together and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation. Not even for one night.”
Beyond that, McConnell is clearly done with Trump.
McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are reportedly working on a Senate “power-sharing” deal that would allow Democrats to move forward with President Joe Biden’s agenda but preserve certain key elements of the Senate rules, potentially including the filibuster.
“Schumer and McConnell are largely expected to operate the Senate in a similar fashion to how former Senate leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle devised the last 50-50 blueprint,” the outlet continues. “That allowed for committee memberships to be evenly split, with bills that receive tied votes advancing to the floor; the party controlling the White House would still set the Senate schedule and determine which legislation would get taken up.”
“Similar to those rules, set in January 2001, Schumer and McConnell’s aides are discussing allowing bills and nominations to advance to the Senate floor even if they are tied during committee votes, something that could become common given that each party is expected to have the same number of seats on committees,” the report added.
Last week, McConnell told Republicans that he isn’t sure if he would vote to convict Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.
However, a report broke earlier this week alleging that McConnell supports impeaching Trump from office.
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McConnell has not openly come out and verbalized his favor of impeachment.
Sources close to McConnell allege that he’s informed colleagues that Trump engaged in impeachable acts; likewise, rumors assert that McConnell sees impeachment as an easier road to removing Trump and Trumpism from the Republican Party.