Donald Trump is preparing for a possible third party presidential run and his backers filed paperwork Friday to allow him to run in Texas, according to a conservative news site.
Jonathon M. Seidl with The Blaze reported Sunday evening that Trump supporters filed with the Texas Secretary of State's office to create the “Make America Great Again Party," with the intention of allowing Trump to be the party's presidential nominee if he decides to run.
It's unclear if the Trump backers have filed similar paperwork in any other state.
Trump sent The Blaze the following statement: "I am aware and flattered by this filing by my supporters in Texas. I have not authorized anyone to act on my behalf and am not a candidate for president at this time. I will not, however, rule out a third-party candidacy if the Republicans nominate a candidate who cannot defeat Obama and I recently changed my party registration in New York state to preserve my legal option to appear on the ballot in all 50 states if I do decide to run."
Texas has distinct and complex rules for establishing a third party in Texas and for running for president in the state. (One of the rules of establishing a minor party is that the name of the party can't be more than three words so, presumably, the founders of the "Make America Great Again Party" will have to come up with something a little more snappy.) Many key deadlines were recently changed after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on some of the political maps Texas planned to use for next year's elections. Third party presidential candidates planning to get their names on Texas ballots normally have to gather signatures from thousands of Texas voters. A Trump supporter told The Blaze the paperwork establishing the third party needed to be in by Jan. 2.
Last year, Trump flirted with running for president as a Republican. He then met with most of the Republican presidential candidates, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, prompting speculation that he was planning to endorse a candidate at some point. Most recently, plans for a Republican presidential debate moderated by Trump were canceled after most of the candidate refused to take part.