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Trump distances himself from conservative group’s sweeping plans for GOP presidency

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Former President Donald Trump sought to distance himself on Friday from a conservative group’s extensive blueprint for the next Republican presidency, just days after its leader suggested a second American Revolution was underway, claiming it would “remain bloodless if the left allows it to be.”

The Republican presidential candidate disavowed any association with Project 2025, a plan targeted by Democrats who argue it underscores Trump’s extreme policy agenda for a potential second term should he defeat President Joe Biden in the November 5 election.

Project 2025, spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation, America’s leading conservative think tank, includes many individuals who served in the Trump White House and are poised to join his administration again if he wins. However, Trump stated on his Truth Social platform that he is not involved with the plan.

“I know nothing about Project 2025. I have no idea who is behind it,” Trump wrote. “I disagree with some of the things they’re saying,” he continued, describing some assertions as “absolutely ridiculous and abysmal.”

Trump’s comments came three days after Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts appeared on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast, discussing what he termed a second American Revolution. Critics interpreted his remarks as a veiled threat of violence.

In a statement on Friday, Roberts reiterated his assertion that Americans were engaging in a revolution “to take power back from the elites and despotic bureaucrats,” and accused the political left of having a history of political violence.

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A spokesperson for Project 2025 noted that while the project offers recommendations for the next Republican president, it would be up to Trump, if he wins, to decide on their implementation.

Trump’s effort to distance himself from Project 2025 may indicate a strategic move to moderate his message as the election approaches, especially given the faltering campaign of Democratic candidate Joe Biden after the June 27 debate, suggested James Wallner, a political science professor at Clemson University.

“Trump is basically now seeking to appeal to a broader audience,” Wallner said.

The Biden campaign has intensified its efforts to link Trump’s campaign with Project 2025. “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 campaign spokesperson Ammar Moussa.

The 900-page blueprint outlines drastic reforms to the federal government, including reducing the size of some federal agencies and significantly expanding presidential power. While Trump’s statements and policy positions indicate alignment with parts of the agenda, he does not endorse it in its entirety.

Project 2025 has been developed by the Heritage Foundation in collaboration with other like-minded groups. Several contributors have close ties to Trump, including Russ Vought, Trump’s former director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Stephen Miller, a former senior adviser to Trump expected to play a key role in a second Trump administration.

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