The newly announced MAGA Patriot Party plans to primary Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, the party's founder told The Epoch Times.
"Right now, there's only two strategies that we have. No. 1, that's to try to primary certain Republicans out of office, if we can win a primary against them. And if not, to split the vote and put one of our party candidates against them," Jim Davis said.
If a primary run fails and a candidate chooses to run in the general election as a third-party candidate, it could lead to a Democrat toppling an incumbent Republican.
That strategy would "rid the Republican Party" of the alleged Republican in name only, or RINO, holding the seat, Davis said.
"Those are on the chopping block for us to try to either primary, or if we have to—to me it's a last resort—is to split the vote and try to win the seat back in the following election," he said.
The new political action committee, which was formed last month, is guided by the goal of fixing the Republican Party. Supporters feel some Republicans holding office aren't properly representing the constituents who voted them in.
"I can tell you that they're not going to go away until they feel satisfied that the Republican Party is unified and it's a party of the people and that the elections are going to be free and fair," Davis said.
"Many of the Trump supporters and groups that I have spoken [with] since that time feel like it was Trump turning his back on the ones willing to fight for him," he said.
Trump's team didn't immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.
The initial filing wasn't an attempt to misrepresent the party's links to Trump, Davis said, but stemmed from a misunderstanding of how to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.
The commission "asked for a committee, and we're like, 'Well, this is about showing Trump we're fighting for him, and if he runs again—let's put him down, that's who we're going to support, we'll raise money for him if he runs again,'" he said. "That's why we put it down."
The party hopes to represent moderate Republicans who backed Trump's conservative policies and nominations, even if they didn't prefer his bombastic rhetoric, according to Davis.
"They still would support Trump because they know they didn't get the policies they want" before the businessman entered office, he said.