Dozens of former Republican officials who believe the party is unwilling to challenge former President Donald Trump are in talks to create a new center-right party, four participants in the discussions told Reuters.
Previously elected Republicans, former Republicans of Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, former Republican ambassadors and party strategists are participating in the negotiations, sources said.
Last Friday, more than 120 people attended the Zoom conference to discuss creating a separate party that will operate on a platform of “principled conservatism,” including upholding the Constitution and the rule of law, ideas that participants said Trump has destroyed.
It is supposed to nominate candidates from this party in some races and support center-right candidates in others, be they Republicans, Democrats or independent politicians.
Evan McMullin, who was the chief political director of the House Republican Conference and ran as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election, told Reuters that he co-hosted a Zoom conference with former officials concerned about Trump’s influence on the party and its nativist bias. …