A little more than a year before the presidential election of 2024, some organizations are planning for a Donald Trump or similarly minded GOP president-elect. A project is underway to prepare for election results now to reshape the American government and prevent protests of a second-term Donald Trump presidency. What are these efforts, and what do they mean? Read on to learn more.
The Insurrection Act was instituted in 1807. It is a United States federal law that allows the president to deploy the military domestically in certain situations, such as civil disorder, insurrection, or rebellion.
History of the Act
Has the Insurrection Act ever been used in American history? Yes, numerous times. President Lincoln used it at the beginning of the Civil War. President Grant used it to defeat the Ku Klux Klan in the 1870’s and more recently, Presidents Kennedy, Eisenhower and Johnson used the act to enforce federal court orders during the civil rights movement.
How Trump Wants to Use the Insurrection Act
Trump and his team want to use the Insurrection Act to prepare executive orders for a possible Trump presidency or similarly minded Republican president. Drafted now, these executive orders can invoke the Insurrection Act, potentially using the U.S. military to combat any post-election protests.
Plans are underway to have a new government ready for the re-elected Trump or other Republican who can defeat Joe Biden. Led by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, a coalition of conservative organizations is working together to develop a plan to have a new civic infrastructure ready for the new administration.
Dubbed “Project 2025,” the plan is to eliminate “deep state” bureaucracy by firing at least 50,000 federal workers. The goal is to gut the current workforce and replace them with individuals eager to fulfill the new president’s agenda.
Typically, a new president is allowed to replace 4,000 political appointees. This represents a layer of revolving positions that change with new administrations. Below that layer sits about two million federal employees who are protected legally from the whims of political parties and the executive branch. These workers make up the civil service, apolitical and with knowledge of subject matter and systems.
In 2020, then President Trump issued an executive order that would create a new category for federal workers called Schedule F. The order would grant the president the power to let go of 50,000 federal employees who served in roles that shape federal policy.
Schedule F Continued
President Biden rescinded President Trump’s executive order on his third day in office. However, civil service employees did not overlook the significance of the law.
The Heritage Foundation now employs the Trump lawyer who aided in the drafting of Schedule F. He is currently busy working on Project 2025. Trump’s Schedule F executive order and Project 2025 are meeting in the new plans being developed.
The aim of Project 2025 and the use of the Insurrection Act is to enact the goals of a Trump or Trump-esq presidency immediately. Whether this work will come to fruition will be up to the voters in 2024.
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