The letter, headlined: “A Call For American Renewal,” is an exploratory move toward forming a breakaway party, two of its organizers said. The group is appalled by what it says is a modern Republican Party encouraged by its loyalty to Trump, who proceeds to claim the 2020 election was stolen from him.
This coalition of impending defectors is signing a letter, expected to be released on Thursday, one day after a vote by House Republicans to oust Rep. Liz Cheney, a vocal Trump critic who voted to impeach him earlier this year, as conference chairwoman. Hosts told Reuters that the group is ready, barring a swift change in direction by the GOP, to examine the possibility of a breakaway party.
“I’m one of those in the group that feels very strongly that if we can’t get the GOP back to a rational party that supports free minds, free markets, and free people, I’m out, and a lot of people are coming with me," said Miles Taylor, an organizer behind the effort.
“The Republican Party is broken. It’s time for a resistance of the ‘rationals’ against the ‘radicals,’” said Taylor. Taylor, while serving in the Trump White House, wrote an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times in 2018 headlined: “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”
Taylor, the former Trump administration official who said to be a part of an internal government "resistance" through his work as "Anonymous," added that he still sees himself as a Republican but one that is "hanging on by the skin of [his] teeth."
Other signatories of the letter, headlined A Call For American Renewal, include former ambassadors, governors, congressional members, and Cabinet secretaries. Among them are former Bush-era Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, ex-Reps. Charlie Dent, Barbara Comstock, Reid Ribble, and Mickey Edwards, as well as former Govs. Tom Ridge and Christine Todd Whitman.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller dismissed the group. "These losers left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Biden," he told Reuters.
Evan McMullin, a former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference and an independent presidential candidate in 2016, said if the Republican Party does not reject lies and extremism, part of it “will have no choice but to part ways with it and build something new. We’re excited about that prospect.”