The GOP is in a rock and a hard place with Donald Trump. Recent election results in New Jersey and Virginia showed that in certain places, the party was much better off without him. In other places, however, Trump holds plenty of sway with voters. So at the end of the day, the GOP has to decide what to do with him.
The problem is, Trump only cares about himself. So if the party allows someone else at the top, the former president will seek revenge. According to Jon Karl, this is exactly what he threatened to do on his last day as president.
Noting that Ronna McDaniel had called to wish him goodbye, the ABC Correspondent writes:
“Donald Trump was in no mood for small talk or nostalgic goodbyes. He got right to the point. He told her he was leaving the Republican Party and would be creating his own political party. The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., was also on the phone. The younger Trump had been relentlessly denigrating the RNC for being insufficiently loyal to Trump. In fact, at the January 6 rally before the Capitol Riot, the younger Trump all but declared that the old Republican Party didn’t exist anymore.”
Karl adds that the GOP was able to talk down Trump from his threat by saying that they would stop paying his legal bills and kill his email list. “It’s a list Trump had used to generate money by renting it to candidates at a steep cost. The list generated so much money that party officials estimated that it was worth about $100 million.”
Both Trump and McDaniel deny the story.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.