Appearing on MSNBC early Sunday morning, a former adviser to President George W. Bush claimed Donald Trump's threat to form a third party is actually aimed at keeping Republicans under his control as he builds a permanent Trumpist wing within the party.
Speaking with host Kendis Gibson, John Farner said that Trump wants to continue building his "dangerous" cult of personality.
"You had Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on earlier, and one of her comments that I really enjoyed was the fact that Donald Trump's biggest threat is anonymity -- going off in the silence," Farner began. "That's what he's afraid of. He needs the Republican Party in order to gain his followers. He doesn't have his bully pulpit on Twitter anymore."
"He needs to get involved in the primaries to get his name and face out there, his message out there, in order to drive up more of his cult of personality," he added. "And it's -- he's building his own party within the Republican wing: Trumpism, the cult of personality, whatever you want to call it. It's dangerous to democracy and we encourage the Republican Party to go back to its roots to follow leaders like [Rep.] Liz Cheney (R-WY) standing up to bullies like Donald Trump and looking out for the future of America."
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