Update: Since the publication of this article it has been confirmed that former President Trump is not connected to the newly formed ‘Patriot Party’. On Monday this week, Trump’s team officially disavowed the party:
“On January 22, 2021, Patriot Party filed a Form 1 (Statement of Organization) listing [Trump’s presidential organization] as a participant in purported joint fundraising activities under 11 C.F.R. 102.17. [Trump’s presidential organization] 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,” Trump’s team wrote in the filing.
We have therefore updated the headline and article to reflect this new information.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Trump discussed the idea with aides, who leaked the plan.
The plan to launch a new party comes after the Republican Party failed to support Trump in his efforts to investigate alleged widespread fraud in the 2020 election against Joe Biden.
Reports suggest that members of Trump’s own cabinet, including VP Mike Pence, are choosing to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration over Trump’s scheduled military-style send off event on Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews.
In Trump’s farewell address, he told supporters that the “movement we started is just beginning.”
“Together with millions of hardworking patriots across this land, we built the greatest political movement in the history of our country,” he added.
Trump also said that he was proud of being the first President in decades not to start any war:
Summit.news reports: Trump further noted that his administration “obliterated the ISIS caliphate and ended the wretched life of its founder and leader, al Baghdadi.”
He also stated that “We stood up to the oppressive Iranian regime and killed the world’s top terrorist, Iranian butcher Qasem Soleimani.”
For the most part, Trump focused on his America first policy, noting that “What has always allowed America to prevail and triumph over the great challenges of the past has been an unyielding and unashamed conviction in the nobility of our country and its unique purpose in history. We must never lose this conviction.”
“We must never forsake our belief in America,” he added.
The President issued a stark warning that free speech is under attack.
“At the center of [American] heritage is also a robust belief in free expression, free speech, and open debate,” Trump explained, adding “Only if we forget who we are, and how we got here, could we ever allow political censorship and blacklisting to take place in America. It’s not even thinkable. Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions.”
He continued “In America, we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes. We just don’t do that. America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree. That’s not who we are. It will never be who we are.”
Watch the full address: