Donald Trump spoke to his supporters before departing the White House for the final time as president, and he told them that he’ll “be back in some form.”
This comes amid a report from The Wall Street Journal, that states Trump is considering the possibility of starting a new party, which might be called the “Patriot Party.”
According to the media intelligence platform Zignal Labs, interest for terms like “Third Party,” “New Party,” or “Patriot Party” spiked on Wednesday and Thursday. By January 20, there were 131,000 mentions of the potential new party across social media, broadcast, traditional media, and online sites. As WSJ’s Andrew Restuccia points out, “[Trump] has a large base of supporters, some of whom were not deeply involved in Republican politics prior to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.” Many believe his large base would split the traditional GOP vote into two factions, but wouldn’t be large enough to be a majority in a general election. History has shown that third-party presidential runs have consistently ended in failure. President Teddy Roosevelt ran as a member of the “Bull Moose” party in 1912. While he garnered a record number of votes for a third-party, he split the votes with GOP candidate William Howard Taft and ensured victory for Democratic nominee Woodrow Wilson.
Third-party candidates also played a role in the 2016 election, as they collectively won around 4% of the vote in Pennsylvania and 6% of the vote in Michigan and Wisconsin. This was enough to sway those races.
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