'I Know Nothing About Project 2025': Trump Disavows Heritage Plan to Overhaul Federal Government

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If you're not familiar with Project 2025, chances are you're about to be. 

Project 2025, also known as the Presidential Transition Project, is a plan put forth by the Heritage Foundation to reshape the federal government and consolidate executive power.  

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This is the goal of the 2025 Presidential Transition Project. The project will build on four pillars that will, collectively, pave the way for an effective conservative administration: a policy agenda, personnel, training, and a 180-day playbook.

The project is the effort of a broad coalition of conservative organizations that have come together to ensure a successful administration begins in January 2025. With the right conservative policy recommendations and properly vetted and trained personnel to implement them, we will take back our government.

Donald Trump on Friday disavowed knowledge of Project 2025, saying he has "nothing to do with it."

I know nothing about Project 2025. 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.

Whether Trump's statement was in response to comments made by Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts, who said on Tuesday, "We are in the process of the second American Revolution, which will remain bloodless if the left allows it to be," is unclear. 

Roberts repeated the line in an "X" post on Wednesday. 

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The Second American Revolution will remain bloodless if the Left allows it to be.

Unfortunately, they have a well established record of instigating the opposite.

Here’s a small sample of what they mean when they talk about “saving democracy.”

Taken in proper context, Roberts's reference to "bloodless" seems reasonable enough.

Trump has outlined his own plans to remake the government if he wins in November, warning his allies not to presume to speak for him while suggesting their transition-in-waiting efforts were not helpful in his bid. 


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A Project 2025 spokesperson told Fox News Digital when asked about Trump's comments:

As we’ve been saying for more than two years now, Project 2025 does not speak for any candidate or campaign. We are a coalition of more than 110 conservative groups advocating policy and personnel recommendations for the next conservative president. But it is ultimately up to that president, who we believe will be President Trump, to decide which recommendations to implement.

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And as to be expected, Biden campaign spokesperson Ammar Moussa said:

Project 2025 is the extreme policy and personnel playbook for Trump’s second term that should scare the hell out of the American people.

What "scares the hell out the American people," Ammar, is the prospect of cognitively-vacant Joe Biden remaining in the White House, not to mention his word-salad-queen vice president, Kamala Harris taking over the controls. 

The Bottom Line

Politics is a tricky business. Good, bad, or indifferent, words intentionally taken out of context and exploited by the other side can lead candidates to respond in a way designed to put out a potential fire without changing his or her policies. I suspect "non-story" is an example.

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