Trump planned to quit GOP for new political party, new book reports


In heated conversation on the last day of his presidency, former President Donald Trump told the Republican Party leadership that he planned to quit the GOP to start his own political party, according to a forthcoming book by ABC News journalist Jonathan Karl, in an effort to punish party leaders for not fighting hard enough to help Trump overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election.


Trump received a call from GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel “to bid him goodbye” on Jan. 20, but the call turned into a “very unpleasant conversation,” according to the book. Treason: The Last Act of The Trump Showwho calls witnesses at the appeal.

Trump reportedly told McDaniel he was ‘done’ with the GOP and would form his own party, in apparent retaliation for some Republicans voting for impeachment and party leadership not rallying behind bogus allegations of fraud electoral.

McDaniel then retaliated by telling Trump he’d be “done” if he left the party, telling him the GOP would stop paying court costs for his post-election lawsuits and cut him off from his mailing list. his campaign of 40 million supporters, according to the book.

The book claims that Trump backed out of his plans five days later.

McDaniel and the former president adamantly denied the exchange took place, with Trump telling Karl the story was “bullshit”.

crucial quote

“That’s what Republicans deserve not to stand up for me,” Trump reportedly said on the call.

Key context

It was widely reported that Trump was depressed and restless in his final days as president, upset over his loss to President Joe Biden by more than 7 million votes. Trump was also facing an unprecedented second impeachment as president for his role in inciting his supporters to attack the US Capitol on January 6 and in his attempt to overturn the election results. The impeachment proceedings would become the most bipartisan in history, with ten House Republicans voting in favor of impeachment and seven Senate Republicans declaring him “guilty” during the trial phase. In Trump’s final days in office, there were fears that even more Republicans would vote to impeach and convict Trump, including high-profile figures like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who ultimately did not vote for conviction. The former president also spent his time regularly attacking high-profile Republicans who refused to support his efforts to nullify the election, including Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, who was removed from office. President of the House Republican Conference. after failing to support Trump’s fraud allegations.


Trump has openly criticized the Republican Party and its top officials on numerous occasions. In his first run for president, Trump in a 2015 Republican primary debate refused to rule out an independent race to the presidency if he did not win the party’s nomination.

Further reading

Liz Cheney ousted as GOP conference chair in overwhelming vote (Forbes)

‘The trial hasn’t started yet’: McConnell signals openness to impeachment (Forbes)

These 10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump in an unprecedented split with the party (Forbes)

Trump told RNC chairman he was quitting GOP to create new party, new book claims (ABC News)

Defiant Trump refuses to rule out third-party race (Politics)

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