Republican Party

The GOP Has No Platform

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Not just rhetorically. The Republican party literally will not adopt a party platform at this year's GOP convention which begins today.

In a statement, the Republican National Convention says they won't adopt a platform because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the truth, which they also admit, is that their only real platform is whatever Trump makes up from one day to the next.

The RNC said if they had been able to meet, they “would have undoubtedly unanimously agreed to reassert the party’s strong support for President Donald Trump and his administration,” and resolved that “the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the president’s America-first agenda” and “will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention.”

Trump doesn't really have an agenda, per say, beyond what suits or benefits him from one day to the next.

To my knowledge, this is the first time the modern RNC has not adopted a platform. The GOP's platform typically includes all the things you would expect, such as lower taxes and social conservatism like opposition to gay marriage in the past. But the GOP under Trump doesn't believe in anything and isn't loyal to anything except Trumpism.

I suppose the Republican party doesn't necessarily need a platform since they have no intention of governing and their plans for the immediate future include nothing. They have no direction and their electoral strength is rooted in very little beyond white supremacy.

If the Democratic party ever resembles the Republican party in the future, united by nothing except their nihilism and the exclusion of minorities, that would be the day I'm no longer a Democrat.

The party platform adopted at the 2020 DNC is almost 100 pages long

  • muselet

    Of course the GOP has a 2020 party platform. It can be summarized in one brief sentence:

    Whatever Donald Trump wants to do, we’re for it.

    The Rs also recycled their 2016 platform (“See? We do so recycle! Check and mate, libs!”), complete with its kvetching about the horrors visited upon the once-great nation by “the current administration.”

    In short, the GOP’s 2020 purported platform is sloppy, lazy, meaningless and shopworn; Trumpian, one might say.


  • Nefercat

    Well, nothing like making it official as to why the republican senators abdicated their sworn responsibility to defend the constitution by playing their role in checks and balances between the three branches of government.

    They do not support conservatism, the republican party, their responsibilities to the constitution, the American people, or the office of the presidency.

    They support a person. They support trump and whatever trump does or says. They support trump and his allegiances to hostile foreign governments and enemies of the US.

    The republican party needs to disappear ignominiously into the mists of history as have other political parties. It is no longer a legitimate American political party.

  • Draxiar

    Blaming Covid-19 for the lack of a platform? Really?

    So conference calls, GoTo meetings, Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, emails…those are all too hard? I think this is an embarrassingly flimsy attempt to try and hide their cowardice towards this orange goblin. That said, I admire their brutal honesty in stating they have no platform other than whatever said orange goblin belches from all of his body holes.

    • katanahamon

      This is also a way of both giving Rump more encouragement to do all these awful things yet being able to pretend plausible deniability after he’s over. They don’t have to commit to anything, yet reap all the benefits of their unchained dog wreaking whatever havoc he desires.

  • katanahamon

    We may be witnessing the end of democracy. For the R’s to actually renominate such an obvious failure and malignantly dangerous person proves beyond any doubt that they are not a party wanting to either govern or actually help America in any way, but subjugate the populace and profit from them in any way they can. Look at John Oliver’s latest show about the border wall, see how the sycophants and criminal toadies are profiting to the tune of billions of our tax dollars being squandered. Now we are saddled with trillions and trillions of dollars of debt, debt that the common American must now forever be enslaved to in order to facilitate the lavish lifestyles of our obscenely rich overlords.

    Gee, do I sound bitter for a F’ing Monday morning??

    • katanahamon

      Sorry for the language, and ‘near’ hysteria, I’ve just really reached my limit of lies, corruption, and this bald faced emperor’s new clothes mentality of an alternate reality we seem to be living now. Hearing the replies of the right wing to the Dem bill to reverse the devastation to the USPS is a perfect example of what I’m saying. Ppl go before Congress, and lie. They don’t go to jail. Rump gives contracts to shady corporations to “build the wall,” they grift and graft one goes to jail. Rump and family inflate assets to get loans, deflate assets for tax purposes one goes to jail. Right wing Senators and congress ppl lie on camera one goes to jail. Rump has lied 20,000 times and not only does he..not go to jail, he gets RENOMINATED for President of the United States.

      How is any of this representative of a functioning democracy??

      • Scopedog

        “How is any of this representative of a functioning democracy??”

        It isn’t–it’s the sign that one of our two major political parties has gone insane and is just fucking corrupt to the core. And yet, despite this, despite everything you mentioned, there are STILL assholes out there bawling about how “there’s no difference between the two parties!!” and threatening to either vote third-party or not vote at all…and some are saying they will do this because no one is talking about Medicare For All.

        Seriously–they decide to die on this fucking hill?

        And then there are those who take the suggestions the Democrats have–like Rep. Swalwell’s plan for a Trump Crimes Commission–and moan about how it sucks and it won’t work, and yet they don’t even say what they would do.

        I don’t know how anyone could see what the GOP is doing and yet pivot to, “Yeah, but Dems SUCK!!” unless said folks wanted the GOP to win and thus complete the destruction of democracy in America and thus bring about the “revolution”.