Donald Trump has reportedly been weighing the idea of forming his own political party – even going as far as speaking to some of his associates about the possibility of doing so.
“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.”
While not known exactly how serious Trump is about the formation of a brand-new political party to rival the Republican party, the WSJ also reported that the investment of time and resources needed to make it a major player in American politics could be a deterrent to the president.
Top pro-Trump Republicans close to the Trump administration said they thought it was a “bad idea” and that it would split enough support away from the Republican Party that it would ensure Democrats stay in the majority for quite some time into the future.
Liberals online cheered the idea for the same exact reason.
The report came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the president during a speech 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.”
Trump, on Tuesday delivered his farewell speech as he is set to depart office with a respectable 51 percent approval rating, according to Rasmussen Reports. Trump’s disapproval rating sits at just 48 percent.
Trump attempted to unify Americans as part of his final speech, saying:
“We must never forget that while Americans will always have our disagreements, we are a nation of incredible, decent, faithful, and peace-loving citizens who all want our country to thrive and flourish and be very, very successful and good. We are a truly magnificent nation,” he said. “All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated. Now more than ever, we must unify around our shared values and rise above the partisan rancor, and forge our common destiny.”
President Trump has considered a number of other endeavors to pursue post-presidency, including starting up a news network to rival Fox News, or more recently, creating his own social media platform after being banned by Twitter.
After being banned, Trump said “We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!”