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Republicans Meet To Discuss Breaking Away From Pro-Trump Members Of Their Party

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Protesters gather at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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The Senate vote to acquit former President Trump in his impeachment trial has some Republicans talking about how to strengthen the GOP's anti-Trump faction, or possibly breaking away to form a new center-right party.

A number of current and former Republican officials held a Zoom call last week to discuss these issues.

Present on the call was California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, who switched his party affiliation from Republican to Independent more than a year ago.

“What I got out of that call is that there is a deep hunger in this country, and a deep hunger within leadership, saying, ‘Enough is enough — we've got to start putting our country before the party,’” Mayes said.

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Other participants in the call reportedly included former officials from the Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Trump administrations.