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Here’s How Donald Trump’s ‘Patriot Party’ Could Become a Political Force

Bring it on. And let’s get the proposed “Peoples’ Party” from the left going as well. Fracture, fracture, fracture…

By Matt Welch, Reason

“Goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form,” Donald Trump said at the end of his final speech as president of the United States. “Have a good life. We will see you soon.”

But how soon? And in what form?

These questions prompted much speculative chatter Tuesday, after The Wall Street Journal published a short, anonymously sourced article stating that “Trump has talked in recent days with associates about forming a new political party,” to be named the Patriot Party.

If serious (always a critical “if” with Trump), the former president’s trial balloon has the potential to disrupt America’s two-party balance in the most significant way since the Kansas-Nebraska Act split the Whigs in 1854, helping give rise to the Republican Party.

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