With all the fuss over the formation of a new political party called the Patriot Party, Trump’s team went the extra mile to ensure all that they have nothing to do with it.
The “Patriot Party” reportedly filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission, and Donald J. Trump for President Inc., was quick to dissociate itself from the new group.
“On January 22, 2021, Patriot Party filed a Form 1 (Statement of Organization) listing DJTFP as a participant in purported joint fundraising activities under 11 C.F.R. 102.17,” Trump’s official campaign committee said. “DJTFP did not authorize the filing of this Form 1, has not entered into any joint fundraising agreement to fundraise through Patriot Party, and has no knowledge of Patriot Party’s activities whatsoever.”
The campaign said it was “placing this disavowal notice on the public record out of concern for confusion among the public, which may be misled to believe that Patriot Party’s activities have been authorized by Mr. Trump or DJTFP — or that contributions to this unauthorized committee are being made to DJTFP — when that is not true.”
Michael Joseph Gaul, of Grovetown, Ga., is named as the custodian of records and treasurer.
The disavowal came the same day the Washington Post reported that Trump “has repeatedly floated the idea of creating a third party called the Patriot Party, raising fears of a major schism within the GOP.”
The newspaper also noted that the Patriot Party name has been used before, saying the original party was a group of socialist radicals who took their political inspiration from the Black Panthers.
As for fake news, Bill Kristol, an alleged Republican who is consumed with hating Trump, elevated the Post’s claim that the former president “has told people the third-party threat gives him leverage to prevent Republican senators from voting to convict him during the Senate impeachment trial.”
“Trump has told people the third-party threat gives him leverage to prevent Republican senators from voting to convict him during the Senate impeachment trial.”
Wouldn’t an attempt corruptly to influence senators’ verdict itself be grounds for conviction? https://t.co/9OGRxPFesT
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 24, 2021
Fittingly, Kristol said a rumor fully undermined by Trump’s spokesman was cause alone for conviction — talk about a kangaroo court.
While the former president has been known to think out loud about an alternative party to the GOP, Trump spokesperson Jason Miller told AXIOS he doesn’t support any third-party effort.
“We are not supportive of this effort, have nothing to do with it and only know about it through public reporting,” Miller said in a text message.
Turns out, the “Patriot Party” wasn’t the only organization to file with the FEC.
The “MAGA Patriot Party National Committee” also filed a statement of organization, using Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
The Patriot Party’s official address is reportedly listed in San Antonio, Texas, but the man named as the custodian of records, treasurer and designated agent, James Davis, listed a Punta Gorda, Fla., address.
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