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GOP chairwoman urged Trump not to form third party on final day in office: report

GOP chairwoman urged Trump not to form third party on final day in office: report
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRNC's McDaniel launches podcast highlighting Republicans outside of Washington The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Deal or no deal? Biden, Capito continue infrastructure talks RNC warns it will advise presidential candidates against future debates if panel doesn't make changes MORE told former President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE as he was flying to Florida in the final hours of his term in office not to form a third party, according to a report by The Washington Post.

McDaniel, a close ally of Trump who earned another term at the RNC largely because of the support of the former president, called Trump and urged him not to form the Patriot Party, according to the report.

Trump supporters have talked about such a move, and the talks had heated up after outrage over the mob attack on the Capitol, which occurred after weeks in which Trump bloated baseless conspiracy theories that the election had been stolen from him.

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A new party backing Trump could divide Republicans, potentially making it easier for Democrats to win elections. 

The Post story says Trump made no commitments to Romney, but she told the news outlet it would be a betrayal for Trump to form a new party.

“If he forms a third party, he would be letting down the 74 million people who supported him,” McDaniel said to the Post. “Just like if the Senate convicts him, the Republicans who vote for it will be letting down the 74 million who supported President Trump and the Republican Party.”

Republicans have been divided over Trump in the last few weeks, though there have been signs recently that the GOP recognizes it will not have a clean break from the former president.

Although 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump on Jan. 13, those lawmakers have faced a backlash from others.

And this week only five GOP senators voted against the tabling of a motion arguing the Senate impeachment trial of Trump was unconstitutional.

McDaniel told the Post that Trump’s role “is going to be up to him in a lot of ways.” 

She told the Post the party needs to go in the direction of focusing on policy and having a more “civil” tone in their discussions.