Former President Donald Trump appeared before a supportive crowd Sunday at CPAC, ruling out the “fake news” of starting a new political party that would divide conservatives.
The former president blasted mainstream media, referring to reports for the formation of a new Patriot Party as misinformation. His words clearly noted his plan to instead unite the Republican party.
We have the Republican Party. It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party.
Trump also noted his problem with forming a new political party. In his words:
Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party and let’s divide our vote, so that you can never win. No, we’re not interested in that.
Instead, Trump is forming a new Super PAC that will allow him to help support conservative candidates. This will include funding new Republican candidates in districts and states where Republicans voted to impeach Trump during his second impeachment trial.
Along with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Trump hopes to win back the House in 2020. Republicans are currently only five seats from achieving this goal after gains during the 2020 election cycle.
The Senate remains locked at 50-50 following the special January Georgia Senate runoff that added two Democrats. Some important Senate races will be up for grabs in 2022, including those with Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.
The speech marked the former president’s first major outing since leaving the White House. Since his impeachment acquittal, many have looked to Trump for a sign regarding his intention of whether to run again for president.
Trump refused, however, to announce whether he will run again for president in 2024. He instead hinted at a run, including a slam against election fraud with the words, “Who knows? I might even decide to beat them [the Democrats] for a third time.”