Former President Donald Trump said during his CPAC speech on Sunday that he is not going to create a new political party, despite reports that he was considering doing so, saying that there was no need to because “we have the Republican Party.”
“We will do what we’ve done right from the beginning, which is to win,” Trump said. “We’re not starting new parties. You know, they kept saying, ‘He’s going to start a brand new party.’ We have the Republican Party; it’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party. That was fake news.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 28, 2021
The Wall Street Journal reported the day before Trump left office that he had talked to those closest to him about potentially starting his own party called the “Patriot Party.”
However, a week later, The New York Times reported that Trump had dropped the idea of starting his own party.
“In last 24 hours, after floating through a few folks that he was considering creating a third-party as a way to keep Senate Rs in line ahead of impeachment, Trump has been talked out of that and is making clear to people he isn’t pursuing it,” the Times reported on January 24. “Trump has started to believe there are fewer votes to convict than there would have been if the vote had been held almost immediately after Jan. 6.”
A straw poll taken at CPAC showed that Trump, if he runs again, will be the Republican frontrunner for 2024, and, if he does not run again, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will dominate the field of candidates.
The Daily Wire reported:
The poll, which found that over 95% of respondents approved of the job that Trump did as president, showed that voters were concerned most about election integrity, border security, constitutional rights, and economic issues.
More than two-thirds of respondents said that they wanted Trump to run again, while 15% said they did not, and 17% were unsure. A staggering 95% of respondents want the GOP to continue pursuing the policies of Trump.
If Trump were to run for president again, 55% of respondents said they would vote for him, followed by 21% for DeSantis, and 4% for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. If Trump is not on the ticket in 2024, 43% of respondents said that they would vote for DeSantis, followed by 11% for Noem.