MIAMI (NEWSnet/AP) — Project 2025 details in more than 900 pages a conservative wish list of goals and ideas for the presidential term starting in January 2024.

While the coalition says it is not connected to a specific candidate or campaign, the ideas set forth are clearly more in tune with a potential Republican platform than a potential Democratic one.

It’s also burst in recent days into the political news cycles, podcast recordings and social media conversations to a level not seen previously.

With that in mind, political observers are closely watching to see what exactly ends up in the Republican Party’s platform, which began its planning meetings this week ahead of an official Donald Trump candidacy for the November presidential election. The Republican National Committee’s convention begins July 15.

“We are a coalition of more than 110 conservative groups advocating policy and personnel recommendations for the next conservative president,” the Project 2025 group said. “But it is ultimately up to that president, who we believe will be President Trump, to decide which recommendations to implement.”

What is Project 2025?

 

The plan is a massive proposed overhaul of the federal government accompanied by policy initiatives under the banner: Mandate for Leadership – The Conservative Promise: Project 2025 Presidential Transition Project. Dozens of agencies and organizations are listed among its advisory board, including the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts said on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast Tuesday that Republicans are “in the process of taking this country back.” Former U.S. Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia hosted the show for Bannon, who is serving a four-month prison term.

“We are in the process of the second American Revolution, which will remain bloodless if the left allows it to be,” Roberts said.

One of the concepts is a plan to take control of the federal bureaucracy by forcing as many as 50,000 civil servants out, and replace them with personnel from a select database of applicants. During Trump’s first term, some of his more extreme ideas were blocked by staffers who refused to break norms or extend presidential powers.

Policy initiatives listed in the document include:

  • Eliminate the Head Start program, saying the federal preschool centers “have little or no long-term academic value for children.”
  • Reject “the notion that abortion is health care,” setting a mission statement that focusing on the health and well-being of people “from conception to natural death.”
  • Emphasize that “married men and women are the ideal, natural family structure because all children have a right to be raised by the men and women who conceived them.”

Project 2025 also has been preparing its own 180-day agenda for the next administration that it plans to share privately, rather than as part of its public-facing book of priorities for a Republican president. A key Trump ally, Russ Vought, who contributed to Project 2025 and is drafting this final pillar, is also on the Republican National Committee’s platform writing committee.

What does Trump Say about Project 2025?

 

Trump distanced himself from Project 2025 after Roberts’ comments suggesting there would be a second American Revolution.

His campaign has previously warned outside allies not to presume to speak for the former president and suggested their transition-in-waiting efforts were unhelpful.

“I know nothing about Project 2025,” Trump posted on his social media website. “I have no idea who is behind it. I disagree with some of the things they’re saying and some of the things they’re saying are absolutely ridiculous and abysmal. Anything they do, I wish them luck, but I have nothing to do with them.”

Trump has outlined his own plans to remake the government if he wins a second term, including staging the largest deportation operation in U.S. history and imposing tariffs on potentially all imports.

What does Biden Say about Project 2025?

 

President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign has worked to draw more attention to the agenda, particularly as Biden tries to keep fellow Democrats on board after what is considered a debacle of a televised debate June 27 with Trump.

“Project 2025 is the extreme policy and personnel playbook for Trump’s second term that should scare the hell out of the American people,” said Ammar Moussa, a Biden campaign spokesperson.

“He’s trying to hide his connections to his allies’ extreme Project 2025 agenda,” Biden said of Trump in a statement released by his campaign Saturday. “The only problem? It was written for him, by those closest to him. Project 2025 should scare every single American.”

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