As President Donald Trump leaves the White House, he pardoned dozens of people in his final hours, including ex-aide Steve Bannon, and reportedly has discussed the idea with associates of forming a new political party.
Report: Trump discussing formation of a new political party
Reportedly, President Donald Trump held discussions with associates and close aides in which he floated the idea of potentially forming a new political party as he leaves the White House amid internal struggles with the Republican Party, according to sources familiar with the matter who spoke to the Wall Street Journal.
The report did not make clear how Trump would start a new party, but the name of the party would be the “Patriot Party,” according to a report by the Daily Caller.
The report comes on the heels of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Republicans openly blaming Trump for inciting and failing to adequately respond to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the Caller reported.
However, Trump’s wide base of supporters was not heavily involved in the Republican Party before Trump became the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, The Hill reported.
Trump farewell speech: “Movement we started is only just beginning”
America’s 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, 74, issued a farewell speech on Wednesday, January 19, VT reported.
“We did what we came here to do and so much more,” President Trump said. “I took on the tough battles…the hardest fights…the most difficult choices – because that’s what you elected me to do.”
“We proudly leave the next administration with the strongest and most robust border security measures ever put into place,” Trump continued, “with more than 450 miles of [a] powerful new wall.”
“I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars,” Trump added.
Addressing the January 6 siege on the capitol, President Trump stated: “All Americans were horrified by the assault on the Capitol…It can never be tolerated.”
On the topic of the new administration, Trump said, “We pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous.”
In his parting statement, President Trump assured Americans: “I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning.”
Trump issues 73 pardons, 70 commutations in his final hours
President Donald Trump issued a total of 73 pardons and 70 commutations in the final hours of his presidency, the BBC reported.
Among the pardons, were Trump’s former advisor Steve Bannon, who was facing fraud charges. Trump issued pardons for: Rapper Lil Wayne; Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy; Ken Kurson, a friend of Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner; Michael ‘Harry O’ Harris, co-founder of Death Row Records; Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer.
Among the commutations were rapper Kodak Black and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Technically, Trump could issue additional pardons before his very final hour at noon on Wednesday. Thus far, President Trump has not issued a preemptive pardon for himself or his family members.