G.O.P. Platform, Rolled Over From 2016, Condemns the 'Current President'

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  one month ago  •  21 comments

By:   Reid J. Epstein and Annie Karni

G.O.P. Platform, Rolled Over From 2016, Condemns the 'Current President'
After the Republican National Committee kept outdated language from four years ago, when Barack Obama was still president, the party's platform includes more than three dozen unflattering references to those in power at the White House.

The platform censures the "current" president — and his administration for, among other things, imposing "a social and cultural revolution," causing a "huge increase in the national debt" and damaging relationships with international partners.


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After the Republican National Committee kept outdated language from four years ago, when Barack Obama was still president, the party's platform includes more than three dozen unflattering references to those in power at the White House.

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The Republican Party has found itself in an awkward bind because of President Trump's decision to move the location of his convention

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WASHINGTON — When Republicans read the platform their party is using for the 2020 campaign, they may be surprised to see that it is full of condemnations of the sitting president.

"The survival of the internet as we know it is at risk," the platform reads. "Its gravest peril originates in the White House, the current occupant of which has launched a campaign, both at home and internationally, to subjugate it to agents of government."

The warning about speech online is one of more than three dozen unflattering references to either the "current president," "current chief executive," "current administration," people "currently in control" of policy, or the "current occupant" of the White House that appear in the Republican platform. Adopted at the party's 2016 convention, it has been carried over through 2024 after the executive committee of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday chose not to adopt a new platform for 2020.

The platform censures the "current" president — who in 2016 was, of course, Barack Obama — and his administration for, among other things, imposing "a social and cultural revolution," causing a "huge increase in the national debt" and damaging relationships with international partners.

The Republican Party's 2016 Platform


The party's platform from four years ago was carried over this week to apply to 2020.

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"The Middle East is more dangerous now than at any time since the Second World War," the platform reads. "Whatever their disagreements, presidents of both parties had always prioritized America's national interests, the trust of friendly governments, and the security of Israel. That sound consensus was replaced with impotent grandstanding on the part of the current President and his Secretaries of State. The results have been ruinous for all parties except Islamic terrorists and their Iranian and other sponsors."

The Republican Party has found itself in this awkward bind because of President Trump's decision last week to move the location of his nominating speech. Under the R.N.C. rules, the convention will adjourn with the old platform serving as the official party platform until 2024.

That move came after the president reached a stalemate with Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina, a Democrat, over what kinds of safety precautions would be put in place in Charlotte to protect attendees from the spread of the coronavirus.

Before the convention was overhauled, Trump campaign officials, along with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, had been looking at a menu of options for a new party platform, including a slimmed down, one-page rewrite as well as a reworking of the 66-page document the party passed in 2016.

When Axios first reported on efforts to rewrite the party platform that involved Mr. Kushner, grass-roots activists were livid, and some of those discussed organizing an effort to resist what they viewed as his changes — even though the options had been drafted primarily by the campaign, a person familiar with the process said.

The decision to simply let the current platform stay in effect, rather than try to pass any new platform, was ultimately driven by logistics, officials said. Republican officials decided it did not make sense to ask about 5,000 delegates and alternates to pay to fly to Charlotte, N.C., when the speeches and most of the action of the convention, including the hallmark speeches by the president and the vice president, would be happening in another city altogether.

Melody Potter, an R.N.C. member from West Virginia who sat on the party's platform committee in 2016 and planned to run for a seat on it this August, said she was pleased the platform was being rolled over for 2020.

"The 2016 platform is the best one we've had in 40 years, so I'm fine with renewing it and extending it to 2024," she said. "As a matter of fact, and you can quote me on this, I think it is a ray of sunshine in this whole messy storm."

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Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, tried to rewrite the party platform in a closed process.Credit...Doug Mills/The New York Times

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But what was perceived by some of the grass-roots activists as Mr. Kushner's attempt to circumvent the people who helped elect Mr. Trump four years ago hurt efforts among other Republicans to update the platform.

Now, the party is stuck with a platform with positions that already seemed outdated to a large segment of its members four years ago. Meanwhile, Republican officials have discussed with the White House the possibility of putting out Mr. Trump's vision for America and the platform he would have pushed for if the committee had been able to meet, and blaming Governor Cooper for making it impossible to do so.

Campaign operatives, for their part, defended the old document. "President Trump won in 2016 with this platform and he'll win again in 2020 with this platform," said Justin Clark, senior counsel to the campaign.

Candidates from the president down to municipal officials are under no obligation to hew to their party's platform, and few make a point of abiding by all points of it. But a platform does serve as a party's guiding principles, even though the document tends to be most useful for political opponents who weaponize elements of it in attack advertisements.

The 2016 platform that is being renewed was the result of messy debates in Cleveland, the host city of the Republican convention four years ago, during which a group of renegade delegates tried but failed to strip out language opposing gay marriage and condoning conversation therapy for L.G.B.T.Q. youths.

"We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children," the platform reads. "We support the right of parents to consent to medical treatment for their minor children and urge enactment of legislation that would require parental consent for their daughter to be transported across state lines for abortion."

The platform made a steadfast case against same-sex marriage and called for a constitutional amendment overturning the 2015 Supreme Court decision that struck down laws defining marriage between one man and one woman. And it blames "the current President" for seeking to expand workplace protections to include L.G.B.T.Q. people.

"That same provision of law is now being used by bureaucrats — and by the current President of the United States — to impose a social and cultural revolution upon the American people by wrongly redefining sex discrimination to include sexual orientation or other categories," the platform reads. "Their agenda has nothing to do with individual rights; it has everything to do with power."

Giovanni Cicione, a Rhode Island lawyer who as a 2016 platform committee delegate led a faction of delegates who fought to strip the anti-L.G.B.T.Q. language from the party platform, said he believed Mr. Trump would oppose the language condemning gay rights.

"I do think it's unfortunate that they're not giving the party a chance to evolve its thinking on these issues," Mr. Cicione said Thursday. "I honestly believe that this president is probably more forward-thinking on gay rights than the party is, but I'm not sure it's in his interest to make that public."

The R.N.C., meanwhile, has been eager to highlight that on some of the issues, especially gay rights, the platform is hardly the only way of showing the party's movement on a policy area. On Thursday, for instance, the R.N.C. released a memo detailing how "President Trump Has Taken Unprecedented Steps to Protect the L.G.B.T.Q. Community," noting that he has appointed L.G.B.T.Q. people to prominent judicial and administration positions.


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago
"The survival of the internet as we know it is at risk," the platform reads. "Its gravest peril originates in the White House, the current occupant of which has launched a campaign, both at home and internationally, to subjugate it to agents of government."

Funny stuff. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

They might as well keep the same platform for 2024 when they will once again be running against a Democratic incumbent. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1    one month ago
They might as well keep the same platform for 2024 when they will once again be running against a Democratic incumbent. 

Only in your wettest of wet dreams JR.  Get used to saying President Trump for another 4 1/2 years.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
1.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

Think a Lincoln Republican was on the committee that approved the platform for 2020, or is it just another example of the lack of attention to detail and facts which is common in Trump supporters.....?

 
 
 
lady in black
2  lady in black    one month ago

But, but, but it is only a crime when there is a Dem in the whitehouse..have a Rep in the whitehouse and it becomes a free for all shitshow.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
2.1  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  lady in black @2    one month ago
have a Rep in the whitehouse and it becomes a free for all shitshow

Exactly. When a Democrat President is in office and decreasing the deficit annually cutting it from $1.3 trillion to $500 billion Republicans are screaming to high heaven about the debt still going up by $500 billion a year. But as soon as their guy is in office and doubles the deficit in just two years and adds $5.4 Trillion to the national debt they're still pretending like their President is a national hero. It would make me sick if I hadn't already gotten used to their blatant double standards, now it's just par for the course.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.1  Ender  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2.1    one month ago

I have come to the conclusion that if they didn't have a double standard, they would have no standards.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2.1.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2.1    one month ago
But as soon as their guy is in office and doubles the deficit in just two years and adds $5.4 Trillion to the national debt they're still pretending like their President is a national hero.

If I live to be 300 years old, I will never understand the hold he has over those who worship him.  It's a Jim Jones/People's Temple kind of worship and look what happened to them.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
2.1.3  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.2    one month ago

giant pitcher burst through the wall there as well,,,

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
2.1.4  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.2    one month ago
  It's a Jim Jones/People's Temple kind of worship and look what happened to them.

No doubt. I had often wondered how brainwashed one would have to be to knowingly ingest poisoned cool aid. Now we know, it takes Trump level brainwashing and it's rather sad to see so many sacrifice their logic, reason and mental integrity on the burning pyre that is dishonest Donald. On one hand it's shocking, but on the other hand it's rather predictable, we should have seen this coming from the least educated morons in our nation who ridicule higher education and who had been refusing to accept even the simplest of science like the age of the earth or the effect man is having on climate change. They are the anti-intellectuals who see any facts, reason and science as an affront to their manufactured reality and their sniveling leaders have convinced them that anyone who tells them that their reasoning is moronic, even though that fact is self evident, must be an enemy to their faith and thus not to be trusted.

 
 
 
JBB
3  JBB    one month ago

It is no wonder the once Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln is now known merely as "the damn gop"...

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4  XDm9mm    one month ago
WASHINGTON — When Republicans read the platform their party is using for the 2020 campaign, they may be surprised to see that it is full of condemnations of the sitting president.

Wow...   so now the New York Scumbag Times is writing about things that have not yet been written and some morons that believe the NYSBT as viable run with it.

We'll see what the Republican Platform is when it's written, and I fell confident that the RNC will not ask the NYSBT for assistance or any edits.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  XDm9mm @4    one month ago

I take it you didnt read the article.   The GOP voted yesterday to use the same platform they used four years ago. 

Adopted at the party's 2016 convention, it has been carried over through 2024 after the executive committee of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday chose not to adopt a new platform for 2020.
 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    one month ago
I take it you didnt read the article. 

I tried to get to the link, but I don't subscribe to the NYSBT.   

And it's still a matter of actually believing what that toilet paper rag publishes which is about as trust worthy as Xi Jinping.  Actually, Xi is likely more trustworthy.

 
 
 
Thomas
5  Thomas    one month ago

Oh, the irony:

The platform censures the "current" president — and his administration for, among other things, imposing "a social and cultural revolution," causing a "huge increase in the national debt" and damaging relationships with international partners.
 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
5.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Thomas @5    one month ago

but....they're Trump's best accomplishments

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
5.1.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  igknorantzrulz @5.1    one month ago

Sadly, the Trump supporters are proud of all of those "accomplishments".

 
 
 
Steve Ott
6  Steve Ott    one month ago

It's all so true.

 
 
 
Tacos!
7  Tacos!    one month ago

Was this supposed to be satire? Because from what I see, all that happened was that they voted to keep the same platform, meaning (if you're intelligent enough to figure this out without being told) that all the positions on the issues will be the same. They haven't actually published anything condemning Trump as the current president, but this headline makes it sound like they have.

It's hard to believe this was published in a major paper like The NY Times. Maybe it shouldn't be, though.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
7.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @7    one month ago

The story is that they are using the same platform, word for word, from 4 years ago. The fact that it seems to criticize the "current occupant of the White House" is the cherry on top. 

Maybe no one at the White House can see past their nose. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
7.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @7.1    one month ago
The story is that they are using the same platform, word for word, from 4 years ago.

I see. Can you link us to the GOP's 2020 published platform?

 
 
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