Over 100 leading Republicans threaten to split from GOP unless it moves away from Donald Trump 


More than 100 Republicans will sign a letter on Thursday declaring that if the Republican Party does not break with former President Donald Trump and change course, they will back the creation of a third party.

The letter, titled: ‘A Call For American Renewal,’ is an exploratory move toward forming a breakaway party, two of its organizers said. 

The group, which includes former officials at both state and national level, is dismayed by what it says is a modern Republican Party driven by its allegiance to Trump, who continues to falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen from him.

‘The Republican Party is broken. It’s time for a resistance of the ‘rationals’ against the ‘radicals,’ said Miles Taylor, one of the organizers.

Over 100 Republican officials will sign a letter on Thursday declaring that if the Republican Party does not break with former President Donald Trump (left with one of the petition organizers Miles Taylor) and change course, they will back the creation of a third party

'The Republican Party is broken. It's time for a resistance of the 'rationals' against the 'radicals,' said Miles Taylor, one of the organizers, explaining the letter, headlined: 'A Call For American Renewal'

‘The Republican Party is broken. It’s time for a resistance of the ‘rationals’ against the ‘radicals,’ said Miles Taylor, one of the organizers, explaining the letter, headlined: ‘A Call For American Renewal’

Taylor added: ‘This is us saying that a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans think that the situation has gotten so dire with the Republican Party that it is now time to seriously consider whether an alternative might be the only option,

‘I’m one of those in the group that feels very strongly that if we can’t get the G.O.P. back to a rational party that supports free minds, free markets, and free people, I’m out and a lot of people are coming with me.’

Among the signatories are governors, members of Congress, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, state legislators and Republican Party chairmen.

Taylor, while serving in the Trump White House, wrote an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times in 2018 headlined: ‘I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.’ 

The group first raised the threat in February here, following the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters to try to disrupt congressional certification of Democrat Joe Biden's presidential election victory

The group first raised the threat in February here, following the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters to try to disrupt congressional certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory

He declined to outline the exact changes the group will demand from the Republican Party. 

The group first raised the threat in February here, following the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters to try to disrupt congressional certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.

The letter highlights the wide intraparty rift over Trump. 

The preamble to the full statement, which is expected to be released on Thursday, reads: ‘When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice’. 

House Republicans are expected on Wednesday to oust Representative Liz Cheney from her No. 3 party leadership position within the chamber

House Republicans are expected on Wednesday to oust Representative Liz Cheney from her No. 3 party leadership position within the chamber

Most Republicans remain fiercely loyal to the former president.

House Republicans are expected on Wednesday to oust Representative Liz Cheney from her No. 3 party leadership position within the chamber, because of her refusal to embrace Trump’s election claims and her move to back Trump’s second impeachment after the Capitol riot.

The letter signatories, who include former ambassadors, governors, congressional members and Cabinet secretaries, want the Republican Party to return to ‘principled’ leadership and reject division and conspiracy theories, or face a new party dedicated to fighting for Republicans such as Cheney and against fearmongering and lies.

Backers of the reform group include former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, George W. Bush-era Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. 

Also involved are former House members Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, and Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma.

Former CIA agent Ewan McMullin who ran for president as an independent candidate in 2016, is also involved.      

They may face an uphill battle in getting any current Republican officeholders to sign on – including Cheney herself, who in February rejected the idea of a third party, saying it would empower Democrats.

A spokesman for Trump, Jason Miller, said: ‘These losers left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Biden.’

Evan McMullin said if the Republican Party does not reject lies and extremism, part of it ‘will have no choice but to part ways with it and build something new. We’re excited about that prospect.

Former house member Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma

Former CIA agent Ewan McMullin

Former house member Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma and former CIA agent Ewan McMullin who ran for president as an independent candidate in 2016, are also involved



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