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The Biden campaign targets Project 2025, a set of conservative proposals

Hours before Thursday’s presidential debate, President Biden’s campaign launched a website targeting Project 2025, a policy and personnel playbook developed by allies of former President Donald J. Trump that proposes an overhaul of government under a new Republican administration.

The Biden campaign website links Project 2025 — a transition program developed by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and dozens of similar groups — to Mr. Trump, saying it would allow him to “gut democratic checks and balances and consolidate power” in the Oval Office.

The 2025 plan is not Mr. Trump’s official platform. His campaign instead pushes Agenda 47, which aims to dramatically reduce immigration and encourage economic growth. But the 2025 plan has nonetheless raised concerns among Democrats about what a second Trump term might look like.

In 2016, conservative political groups were largely unprepared for Mr. Trump’s victory. Since his 2022 announcement, they have prepared Project 2025, a 920-page document outlining a radical transformation of the executive branch. The platform proposes replacing many federal civil service positions with political appointees who would be loyal to the president. The plan also proposes to crack down on abortion rights, criminalize pornography, cut funding for climate research and eliminate the Commerce Department.

Detailed policy proposals rarely attract much attention, but Project 2025 has resonated in liberal social media circles. John Oliver released a “Last Week Tonight” segment on Project 2025 last week that has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube. Charlamagne tha God, a podcaster, told his fans that the platform would enshrine an “authoritarian state” in America. Excerpts from Project 2025 also went viral on TikTok.

Sarafina Chitika, a spokeswoman for the Biden-Harris campaign, said the 2025 project underscores the stakes of the 2024 election.

“The American people realize how extreme and unpopular Donald Trump’s second-term strategy is – and they are ready to stop it in November,” Ms. Chitika said in a statement.

It remains to be seen whether Mr. Biden will make Project 2025 the focus of his comments during tonight’s debate.



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