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Donald Trump knows nothing about the Heritage Foundation’s controversial “Project 2025”... except that he doesn’t agree with parts that might hurt his campaign.

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Hey, you know about the Christian nationalist Project 2025, which aims to turn the US into an authoritarian theocracy if Donald Trump wins a second term in November? The one that the Heritage Foundation put together, and that the former president’s allies have been touting?

Trump sure doesn’t… or so he claims.

And even though he, the man who has an opinion on anything from electrocution-resistant sharks to electric airplanes that can’t fly in the dark, feigns ignorance of this project, he apparently feels strongly that he does not agree with some of the plans it entails.

How does that work? How do you disagree with (unspecified) parts of a document you know nothing about?

It would make sense if this were the manifesto of a Trump supporter who shot up a church or a Wal-Mart. In that case, the former president may have inspired it, but he couldn’t be expected to know about it.

But Project 2025 is not some manifesto put together by some unknown lunatic who supports Trump. Instead, it is the manifesto put together by some very well-known lunatics who support Trump.

Like Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts and Project 2025 Director Paul Dans.

They put together a document for the former president that is meant to allow him to hit the ground running in 2025 and “bring a new army, aligned, trained, and essentially weaponized conservatives ready to do battle against the deep state,” according to Dans.

If you think that sounds violent, get a load of what Roberts said last month.

He believes that conservatives “are in the process of the second American Revolution, which will remain bloodless if the left allows it to be.”

These guys are really saying all that stuff out loud!

And, while many of Trump’s supporters are clearly ready to commit acts of violence, as evidenced on January 6, chances are that moderate Republicans and independents don’t like all this talk about armies, battles, and bloody conflicts.

That’s why Trump is trying to disassociate himself from that kind of inflammatory rhetoric… because there is only one guy in the MAGA movement who should call for violence, and that is the former president himself. He has certainly tried plenty of times in the past.

“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,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform. “Anything they do, I wish them luck, but I have nothing to do with them.”

So, if you are keeping track, Trump has no idea what Project 2025 is, but he disagrees strongly with unspecified parts of it. He also doesn’t know who is behind it, even though the Heritage Foundation is a key ally.

And, finally, he wishes them luck implementing it.

We’re so glad he cleared that up.


  • Klaus Marre

    Klaus Marre is a senior editor for Politics and director of the Mentor Apprentice Program at WhoWhatWhy. Follow him on Twitter @KlausMarre.

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