This is just a half-assed theory, with no basis in fact. Purely a thought exercise, and which is neither intended to endorse or condemn Trump, or the un/soundness of such a move. What if Trump tires of trying to work with the GOP, and runs for reelection as an Independent? As a pragmatist, it certainly makes sense to be untethered from either Party. Better - what if he forms his own Party? There is already talk of his reaching across the aisle to get some of his agenda done, because there simply isn't enough support within the GOP. Some already allege and believe that Trump isn't a Republican at all, and others who say that the GOP-controlled Congress has no desire to enact his agenda - and that's on things that a majority of rank-and-file Republicans actually want (the wall, lower taxes, addressing the deficit, etc.) and doesn't include the most "liberal" and looking things that he wants, but the GOP has no intention of helping him with, but will actually be hostile toward (paid maternity leave, personal tax reform, etc.) How would Democrats react to this - surely, wouldn't they be entirely welcoming of it? How might the GOP react? Well, like Bernie to the Dems, Trump would always be more friendly to the GOP, but not strictly beholden to them. But even if he remained a "friendly", the GOP would hate this, for sure, perhaps only because they'd lost any chance to have exclusive access (control?) to him. But what are they going to do, otherwise? Turn the relationship openly hostile? Then no longer a Republican: Trump couldn't have access to GOP money....but neither did he have it in 2016. The GOP would run someone against him in 2020.....but who, and that he hasn't already soundly beaten? Trump wouldn't get the Party-line vote of the GOP.....but he got less GOP votes than Romney (Gawd!), and still won....and how many GOPers would follow Trump and leave with him? Some other random tidbits to consider: There are now more Independents than either Republicans or Democrats The rock star in the White House, and who has increasingly gained significant influence with Trump, has been Gary Cohn, head of the NEC, and who is also a lifelong Democrat and easily the most liberal person amongst his advisors There are several other angles, but for now, is this possible?