(USA Features) More than a hundred former governors and lawmakers said they will work to form a third party if the GOP does not split from former President Donald Trump.
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“When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice,” says a preamble to the group’s statement sent to the Times.
One of the signatories to the pact told the Times that the group includes former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, and former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who served under President George W. Bush. Also included are former officials, members of Congress, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, and party chairmen.
The timing of the announcement is significant, giving that the House GOP caucus voted on Wednesday to remove Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming from her chair of the House Republican Conference, the third-highest ranking position in the chamber for the party.
She has been a frequent critic of Trump and has clapped back at his claims that the 2020 election was rigged against him. She also voted to impeach him following the Jan. 6 riot, blaming the attack on his rhetoric.
As for the group of anti-Trump Republicans, Reuters reported that Miles Taylor, the former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff who anonymously wrote an article about “resistance” in the Trump administration, is among its organizers.