Trump publishes an article urging him to drop the GOP and run as a third-party candidate

If Donald Trump doesn’t emerge as the 2024 Republican Party presidential nominee, he might try to go it alone.

On Wednesday, the former president published an article titled “The Coming Split” on his Truth Social account. The article argues that if the Republican establishment decides against Trump as its 2024 nominee, he should run as a third-party candidate.

“The Republican machine has no intention of letting us re-elect Trump: he is not a one-party team player,” wrote the article’s author, Dan Gelernter. “They would rather lose an election to the Democrats, their brothers in crime, than win with Trump.”

Although Trump still enjoys broad support among conservatives, favor for another potential candidate has increased in recent months. Many Republicans are now backing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, although he has not yet officially announced that he wants to run.

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Former President Donald Trump is seen during an event at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida November 15, alongside Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking on election night in Tampa, Florida November 8. If Donald Trump doesn’t emerge as the 2024 Republican Party presidential nominee, he might just try to go it alone.
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Trump, meanwhile, launched his own 2024 campaign back in November.

Published by right-wing news site American Greatness, “The Coming Split” suggests DeSantis could eventually secure the GOP presidential nomination. However, Learned also concedes that Trump would have a hard time if he broke away from the GOP.

“Do I think Trump can win as a third party candidate? no Would I choose him as a third party candidate? Yes. Because I’m no longer interested in supporting this corrupt gravy train,” Gelernter wrote.

Even when third-party candidates initially receive support, they have not won a presidential election in the past — or come close, according to Craig Agranoff, a policy analyst and professor at Florida Atlantic University.

said Agranoff news week in a statement that it would “set a historic precedent” if a third-party candidate garnered enough votes in the Electoral College to prevent other candidates from reaching 270 in the House of Representatives, where Donald Trump could potentially win.”

“If Trump decides to run as an independent for the 2024 cycle, he will primarily pick up votes from Republicans,” Agranoff added. “If he can also catch some of the ‘double haters’ who respond to anti-establishment news, [it] could split the vote and also allow a Democrat to prevail or potentially shake up the two-party system some are so hoping will happen.

After Trump’s Truth Social post, some social media users urged him to go through with the split.

“Trump running as a third party if he doesn’t get the Republican nomination sounds like a good plan to me. Let him do it,” tweeted Marty Taylor, executive director of progressive organization New Blue USA. “It will prevent Republicans from winning in 2024 and ensure a Democrat victory. It would also decrease the number of Republican candidates in the vote. Do it, Donald.”

“Trump promoted an editorial suggesting that if the GOP does not nominate him in 2024, he will run as a third-party candidate,” Duty to Warn, an association of anti-Trump mental health experts, wrote in a tweet. “Run, Donald, run! Any suggestions for his third party’s name and logo?”

news week has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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