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3. It's much worse than that...
Mon Aug 24, 2020, 05:43 PM
Aug 2020

This may turn into one of the biggest self-owns in history!

They are adjourning without adopting a new platform, and keeping their existing platform from 2016 which has several dozen sections where they condemn "the current president", administration, etc.

The platform is available online (the NYT article links to it), and it is scathing in the way it talks about the 'current occupant' of the White House. Way to go, GOPers!


The Republican National Committee’s 2020 platform document describes in detail how terrible the “current president” and “current administration” are. The party apparently copied and pasted the same language it adopted during its 2016 convention, when the “current chief executive” so despised was Barack Obama. Despite the mistakes, some Republicans are happy with the rollover from 2016. Melody Potter, who sat on the RNC’s platform committee, told The New York Times, “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.” The RNC copied its 2016 predecessor because President Trump decided to relocate the Republican National Convention from North Carolina after clashes with the state’s governor over coronavirus precautions, so delegates won’t convene to determine a new platform.

“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.

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