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The new Republican Party Platform cements Trump’s ideological takeover of the GOP

Donald Trump told officials Monday that he supports a new Republican Party platform, one that reflects the presumptive nominee’s new position on abortion rights and slims down policy specifics across all areas of government.

The platform, as described to The New York Times by people briefed on it, cements Trump’s ideological takeover of the GOP. The platform is even more nationalistic, more protectionist and less socially conservative than the 2016 Republican platform that was duplicated for the 2020 election.

Trump, who has had the draft for several days, called into a meeting of party officials Monday and said he supports it. The document overwhelmingly was approved during a vote by the platform committee Monday, passing 84-18, according to a person briefed on the matter.

The abortion section has been softened. There is no longer a reference to “traditional marriage” as between “one man and one woman.” And there is no longer an emphasis on reducing the national debt, only a brief line about “slashing wasteful government spending.”

The rest of the document reflects Trump’s priorities as outlined on his campaign website: a hard-line immigration policy, including mass deportations; a protectionist trade policy with new tariffs on most imports; and sections on using federal power to remove policies in academia, the military and throughout the U.S. government put in place by what it describes as radical Democrats.

Trump and his top aides have alienated some activists by shutting them out of the development of the platform. The former president was especially focused on softening the language on abortion — the issue he views as his biggest vulnerability in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

The 2024 draft platform, as described to the Times, is called “America First: A Return to Common Sense,” and softens that abortion language and shifts the issue from one of conscience to a matter best handled by the states. “We believe that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that no person can be denied life or liberty without due process and that the states are, therefore, free to pass laws protecting those rights,” the draft platform reads.

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by Anonymousreply 5July 10, 2024 2:57 AM

Look at those fat thighs rubbing together. I’m surprised he doesn’t leave little fires behind him from the friction.

by Anonymousreply 1July 9, 2024 12:04 AM

It’s a standard issue nativist stance, the kind increasingly popular as people grow weary of the chaos of globalism which no longer seems to benefit Westerners with cheap products and burdens them with ceaseless waves of unskilled immigrant labor. Unfortunately, it will certainly ensure his election, although I doubt much of it will be able to be implemented: corporations and the military industrial complex will always win out in the end.

Essentially this is the kind of thing Republicans would have evolved to when they could no longer throw red meat at the conservative base because they have achieved their Supreme Court goals. The Republicans neoliberal philosophy which was one of the Northeast and California of the 1960s through 1980s was never going to square with the working class base of the Rust Belt and Sunbelt. These people obviously would prefer voting to their economic interests over culture wars, and Trump gave them the opportunity. They will now embrace the ideas that Democrats used to support, which the Democrats did out of organized labor loyalty; the new protectionism will be aimed at economic nationalism and will cause stagnation.

A good metaphor might be Disney’s’ current period of stagnation across all its brands as it limited the ways it could innovate and simplify preferred to recycle everything.

by Anonymousreply 2July 9, 2024 12:22 AM

Number 1--------->>[bold]Seal the border? [/bold So far, so good. I am assuming a warship will be stationed in the Rio Grande? I'm not totally hating cause it's just crazy enough to work and just crazy enough for Trump to do.

Number 6----------->>[bold]We are getting an IRON DOME over America!! [/bold]Which is awesome----until the para-gliders sail right over it!! Just ask Israel.

Number 10------->>[bold]Crush gang violence?[/bold] Sounds great and super easy. I assume gangs don't own guns? How exactly will this crushing take place? Look out Crips!! Trumps gonna have tanks!!

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by Anonymousreply 3July 9, 2024 6:35 AM

uh oh....The Men in Dresses are not going to be allowed into womens lockerrooms or womens sports? No sex change operations for kids? WoW. That's a biggie!! Will the ThemZ still be allowed to talk on social media about strangers kids puberty? Cause they seem to really enjoy that.

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by Anonymousreply 4July 9, 2024 6:40 AM

So Trump really does love the gays?

by Anonymousreply 5July 10, 2024 2:57 AM
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