Former President Donald Trump’s campaign team is disavowing any affiliation with a newly formed political committee called the MAGA Patriot Party.
“We are not supportive of this effort, have nothing to do with it, and only know about it through public reporting,” campaign adviser Jason Miller told The Epoch Times on Jan. 25 via text message.
Donald J. Trump for President (DJTFP), in a miscellaneous report filed with the Federal Election Commission, said it wanted “to disavow the activities of a committee named Patriot Party.”
The MAGA Patriot Party National Committee filed a notice of organization with the commission earlier on Jan. 25. While the filing claimed that Trump’s team was linked to the new committee, Trump’s team said it didn’t authorize the filing of a form claiming it as a participant in joint fundraising activities, hasn’t entered into any joint fundraising agreement with the new committee, and has no knowledge of the Patriot Party’s activities.
MAGA, which typically stands for “Make America Great Again,” was Trump’s campaign slogan.
“To be clear: DJTFP has no affiliation with Patriot Party, which is not authorized by Mr. Trump or DJTFP,” Trump’s team said.
“DJTFP is 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.”
Officials of the MAGA Patriot Party National Committee didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment. A man named James Davis of Punta Gorda, Florida, is listed as the committee’s treasurer.
Speculation has run rampant since Trump left office last week as to whether he’ll try to form a third party to challenge the status quo. A new poll showed a hypothetical Patriot Party led by the former president would be more popular with voters than the Republican Party.