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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Trump Rally Shooting Witness SPEAKS OUT in VIRAL Interview

Shooter dead and rally attendee killed at Trump event in Pennsylvania, Butler County District attorney tells AP - ABC News

Shooter dead and rally attendee killed at Trump event in Pennsylvania, Butler County District attorney tells AP

Shooter dead and rally attendee killed at Trump event in Pennsylvania, Butler County District attorney tells AP

Shooter dead and rally attendee killed at Trump event in Pennsylvania, Butler County District attorney tells AP - ABC News

Trump ‘Safe’ After What Sounded Like Gunshots at Pennsylvania Rally: Live Updates - The New York Times

Live Election Updates: Trump ‘Safe’ After What Sounded Like Gunshots at Rally

The former president appeared to have blood on his face as he was rushed from the stage by the Secret Service following a series of loud pops during a rally in Pennsylvania. A spokesman for the Secret Service said Mr. Trump was safe after “an incident.”

Former President Donald J. Trump was escorted off the stage by Secret Service agents and into his motorcade just minutes into a rally after a series of pops rang out.Doug Mills/The New York Times

Former President Donald J. Trump was escorted off the stage by Secret Service agents and into his motorcade just minutes into his rally on Saturday in Butler, Pa., after a series of pops that sounded like gunshots rang out.

The exact source of the noises was unclear, but Mr. Trump’s face and ear were bloodied as he was rushed off the stage.

Glenn Thrush
July 13, 2024, 7:26 p.m. ET

The Secret Service is leading the response. But federal law enforcement agencies, including the Justice Department, A.T.F. and F.B.I., are now mobilizing to investigate and support their efforts, according to federal officials.

Katie Rogers
July 13, 2024, 7:23 p.m. ET

Vice President Kamala Harris has also received an initial briefing on the Trump rally, the White House says.

Peter Baker
July 13, 2024, 7:23 p.m. ET

Former President George W. Bush issued a statement: “Laura and I are grateful that President Trump is safe following the cowardly attack on his life. And we commend the men and women of the Secret Service for their speedy response.”

Katie Glueck
July 13, 2024, 7:19 p.m. ET

Senator Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, wrote on social media that he had offered support to the state police. His opponent, Republican Dave McCormick, was at the rally and was safe, according to McCormick’s campaign.

Chris Cameron
July 13, 2024, 7:16 p.m. ET

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, a key surrogate of the Biden campaign, said in a statement that “Violence has NO place in our democracy. My thoughts are with President Trump and everyone impacted at the rally today.”

Neil Vigdor
July 13, 2024, 7:15 p.m. ET

Some people who were in the crowd described the evacuation of the rally as a logistical nightmare. “Right now, they’re trying to evacuate 50,000 people on one country road,” James E. Hulings, the Butler County Republican Committee chairman, told me by phone from his car. He said he was still stuck in a parking area around 7 p.m. Eastern time. “It’s such a tragedy. So many people were crying. We waited here since 10:30 this morning.”

Peter Baker
July 13, 2024, 7:14 p.m. ET

President Biden is being briefed on the incident at the Trump rally by Kimberly Cheatle, director of the Secret Service; Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; and Liz Sherwood-Randall, the president’s homeland security adviser, the White House reported.

Robert Jimison
July 13, 2024, 7:13 p.m. ET

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and the Republican leader in the Senate, said in a statement: “Tonight, all Americans are grateful that President Trump appears to be fine after a despicable attack on a peaceful rally. Violence has no place in our politics. We appreciate the swift work of the Secret Service and other law enforcement.”

Lisa Lerer
July 13, 2024, 7:13 p.m. ET

Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota, the head of the Democratic Governors Association and a close ally of Mr. Biden, says he is “praying for the safety” of Trump and all the attendees at his rally. He thanks law enforcement for their quick response.

Neil Vigdor
July 13, 2024, 7:12 p.m. ET

James E Hulings, chairman of the Butler County Republican Committee, said in a phone interview that he was about 30 to 40 feet away from Trump when he heard what sounded like shots ring out. “They told us all to get down to get down on the ground,” he said.

Robert Jimison
July 13, 2024, 7:07 p.m. ET

Representative Steve Scalise, Republican of Louisiana and the House majority leader, says he is “praying for President Donald Trump. There is never any place for political violence.” Mr. Scalise was shot and injured in 2017 at a congressional baseball game practice session in the Washington, D.C., area.

Catie Edmondson
July 13, 2024, 7:01 p.m. ET

Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the Democratic leader, said in a statement: “My thoughts and prayers are with former President Trump. I am thankful for the decisive law enforcement response. America is a democracy. Political violence of any kind is never acceptable.”

Catie Edmondson
July 13, 2024, 7:05 p.m. ET

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, in a statement says, “I am horrified by what happened at the Trump rally in Pennsylvania and relieved that former President Trump is safe. Political violence has no place in our country.”

Kellen Browning
July 13, 2024, 6:56 p.m. ET

The Team Trump official account on X, citing Trump’s spokesman, Steven Cheung, wrote: “President Trump thanks law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act. He is fine and is being checked out at a local medical facility.”

Simon J. Levien
July 13, 2024, 6:54 p.m. ET

A medical helicoper arrived about 19 minutes ago and has just left, headed south, likely to the medical center in Pittsburgh.

Chris Cameron
July 13, 2024, 6:53 p.m. ET

Elon Musk, the tech billionaire, publicly endorsed Donald Trump in a statement minutes after the shooting. “I fully endorse President Trump and hope for his rapid recovery,” he wrote on X.

Maggie Haberman
July 13, 2024, 6:52 p.m. ET

Dean Phillips, the Democratic House member who challenged President Biden in a primary, posted on X that “no matter your politics, please pray for Donald Trump and pray for America.”

Shane Goldmacher
July 13, 2024, 6:50 p.m. ET

Gov. Josh Shapiro, Democrat of Pennsylvania, said in a statement that he had been “briefed on the situation” and that the state police were on the scene working with federal partners. “Violence targeted at any political party or political leader is absolutely unacceptable,” Shapiro said. “It has no place in Pennsylvania or the United States.”

Maggie Haberman
July 13, 2024, 6:49 p.m. ET

Some Trump aides I’ve talked to are both in shock and feeling an initial level of fury about what happened.

Maggie Haberman
July 13, 2024, 6:49 p.m. ET

Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., posts on X that his father will “never stop fighting to Save America,” with the photo of him being taken off stage.

Neil Vigdor
July 13, 2024, 6:48 p.m. ET

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, a harsh critic of Donald J. Trump who was the target of a kidnapping plot, condemned the violence on Saturday. “There is no place for political violence in this country, period,” she wrote on X. “This is not how we solve our differences.”

Katie Rogers
July 13, 2024, 6:47 p.m. ET

The president has received an initial briefing about what happened at the Trump rally, the White House says.

Chris Cameron
July 13, 2024, 6:47 p.m. ET

Ruben Gallego, the leading Democratic Senate candidate in Arizona, denounced the apparent shooting as “absolutely horrible.” “Political violence should never be tolerated,” he said, adding, “I hope President Trump and everyone at the rally is safe.”

Trump ‘Safe’ After What Sounded Like Gunshots at Pennsylvania Rally: Live Updates - The New York Times

Opinion | Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President - The New York Times

Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

"I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and pathological liar. It’s time to learn a lesson from the progressive and centrist forces in France who, despite profound political differences, came together this week to soundly defeat right-wing extremism.

I strongly disagree with Mr. Biden on the question of U.S. support for Israel’s horrific war against the Palestinian people. The United States should not provide Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing extremist government with another nickel as it continues to create one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern history.

I strongly disagree with the president’s belief that the Affordable Care Act, as useful as it has been, will ever address America’s health care crisis. Our health care system is broken, dysfunctional and wildly expensive and needs to be replaced with a “Medicare for all” single-payer system. Health care is a human right.

And those are not my only disagreements with Mr. Biden.

But for over two weeks now, the corporate media has obsessively focused on the June presidential debate and the cognitive capabilities of a man who has, perhaps, the most difficult and stressful job in the world. The media has frantically searched for every living human being who no longer supports the president or any neurologist who wants to appear on TV. Unfortunately, too many Democrats have joined that circular firing squad.

Yes. I know: Mr. Biden is old, is prone to gaffes, walks stiffly and had a disastrous debate with Mr. Trump. But this I also know: A presidential election is not an entertainment contest. It does not begin or end with a 90-minute debate.

Enough! Mr. Biden may not be the ideal candidate, but he will be the candidate and should be the candidate. And with an effective campaign that speaks to the needs of working families, he will not only defeat Mr. Trump but beat him badly. It’s time for Democrats to stop the bickering and nit-picking.

I understand that some Democrats get nervous about having to explain the president’s gaffes and misspeaking names. But unlike the Republicans, they do not have to explain away a candidate who now has 34 felony convictions and faces charges that could lead to dozens of additional convictions, who has been hit with a $5 million judgment after he was found liable in a sexual abuse case, who has been involved in more than 4,000 lawsuits, who has repeatedly gone bankrupt and who has told thousands of documented lies and falsehoods.

Supporters of Mr. Biden can speak proudly about a good and decent Democratic president with a record of real accomplishment. The Biden administration, as a result of the American Rescue Plan, helped rebuild the economy during the pandemic far faster than economists thought possible. At a time when people were terrified about the future, the president and those of us who supported him in Congress put Americans back to work, provided cash benefits to desperate parents and protected small businesses, hospitals, schools and child care centers.

After decades of talk about our crumbling roads, bridges and water systems, we put more money into rebuilding America’s infrastructure than ever before — which is projected to create millions of well-paying jobs. And we did not stop there. We made the largest-ever investment in climate action to save the planet. We canceled student debt for nearly five million financially strapped Americans. We cut prices for insulin and asthma inhalers, capped out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and got free vaccines to the American people. We battled to defend women’s rights in the face of moves by Trump-appointed jurists to roll back reproductive freedom and deny women the right to control their own bodies.

So, yes, Mr. Biden has a record to run on. A strong record. But he and his supporters should never suggest that what’s been accomplished is sufficient. To win the election, the president must do more than just defend his excellent record. He needs to propose and fight for a bold agenda that speaks to the needs of the vast majority of our people — the working families of this country, the people who have been left behind for far too long.

At a time when the billionaires have never had it so good and when the United States is experiencing virtually unprecedented income and wealth inequality, over 60 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, real weekly wages for the average worker have not risen in over 50 years, 25 percent of seniors live each year on $15,000 or less, we have a higher rate of childhood poverty than almost any other major country, and housing is becoming more and more unaffordable — among other crises.

This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. We can do better. We must do better. Joe Biden knows that. Donald Trump does not. Joe Biden wants to tax the rich so that we can fund the needs of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor. Donald Trump wants to cut taxes for the billionaire class. Joe Biden wants to expand Social Security benefits. Donald Trump and his friends want to weaken Social Security. Joe Biden wants to make it easier for workers to form unions and collectively bargain for better wages and benefits. Donald Trump wants to let multinational corporations get away with exploiting workers and ripping off consumers. Joe Biden respects democracy. Donald Trump attacks it.

This election offers a stark choice on issue after issue. If Mr. Biden and his supporters focus on these issues — and refuse to be divided and distracted — the president will rally working families to his side in the industrial Midwest swing states and elsewhere and win the November election. And let me say this as emphatically as I can: For the sake of our kids and future generations, he must win."

Opinion | Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President - The New York Times

Friday, July 12, 2024

President Biden FULL SPEECH in Detroit, Michigan

Fed Up Bernie Sanders CALLS OUT Media to CNN Host's FACE!

Editorial: One candidate is patently unfit for the White House: Trump - Los Angeles Times

Editorial:  One candidate is patently unfit for the White House. It’s not Biden

Former President Trump, in Phoenix last month, has repeatedly proved himself unfit for office on a scale far worse than a shaky debate performance.

(Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

"Democrats are in crisis at the moment, divided over whether President Biden should stay in the race after his disastrous debate last month or clear the way for another, younger candidate. 

Biden’s shaky performance raised concerns about whether he can win in November, and prompted calls from prominent Democrats, columnists and others for him to step aside. It’s up to the Democratic Party to sort this out. But it’s time to refocus attention on the only candidate in the race who is patently unfit for office — any office — and an imminent threat to democracy: Donald Trump.

It’s unbelievable that the nation is spending so much time on the question of Biden’s verbal acuity, when the greatest concern ought to be that his challenger is a self-aggrandizing felon and twice-impeached election-denier. Trump fomented the Jan. 6 insurrection, shows contempt for the rule of law and shamelessly lies in pursuit of more power. He’s an authoritarian who admires murderous despots, wants to jail his political enemies and has publicly flirted with declaring himself a dictator on his first day back in office. 

With fervent support from the Republican Party, he peddles cruelty, racism and misogyny, demonizing immigrants as “poisoning the blood of our country,” demeaning women‘s looks and intelligence, and using disgustingly fascist language to criticize his opponents as “vermin.” He’s a man who lied about his wealth for years to cheat on his taxes, whose business was convicted of criminal tax fraud, and who’s been denounced by many former aides and Cabinet members as a  “malignant narcissist” who recklessly puts himself before the American people.

Trump is the only man in the presidential race manifestly unworthy of holding a position of power, and has no business ever returning to the White House. If the GOP had any decency left, its members would be discussing whether to dump Trump for a candidate who isn’t out to bulldoze democratic institutions in favor of autocracy.

Voters should resist viewing this contest through the politics-as-usual lens of past elections. This November is not about dueling personalities, middle-of-the-road policy differences, or as some might see it, an 81-year-old man being the lesser of two evils compared with a 78-year-old man. It’s nothing short of a referendum on our 248-year democracy, and a choice between a trustworthy public servant who upholds American values and a serial liar who wants to push the country into authoritarianism.

Leaders of the Democratic Party have to stop the self-defeating discussion about Biden’s fitness and decide whether to replace him or unify behind him. And Americans must start hearing more about how the records, positions and character of Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and any of the prominent Democrats being floated as possible replacements make them all unquestionably superior to Trump."

Editorial: One candidate is patently unfit for the White House: Trump - Los Angeles Times

Black Caucus largely sticks by Biden, but worries grow about whether his candidacy can survive

Black Caucus largely sticks by Biden, but worries grow about whether his candidacy can survive

"None of the CBC's 60 members have called on the president to step aside, though some members are growing frustrated as concerns drag on.

In interviews Thursday with NBC News, five members of the caucus said that while small fissures are emerging, most lawmakers remain loyal to Biden. Still, they want to see a change in campaign strategy and staffing to better position Democrats to win in November — concerns they say they’ve been sharing with the campaign for months.

Two of those CBC members, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss their thoughts on Biden, also said they worry Biden may not be able to continue as the nominee if he can’t move past his dismal debate performance in the coming days and convince party leaders, donors and voters that he remains the best candidate to beat former President Donald Trump.

“I have loyalty to Biden, no question about it,” said longtime Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. “As things stand, I want him to win. But if he says, ‘You know, I’ve been listening and chatting with people and I don’t want to go any further,’ or something like that, I am ready for somebody who can win. I think everybody, all of us, are obsessed with winning because it’s too serious not to be there.”

Asked if Biden can survive the crisis, Cleaver paused and simply replied, “I don’t know."

The two Black Caucus members who spoke on the condition of anonymity agreed that the majority of the group backs the president but said that as time drags on, Biden’s position both at the top of the ticket and as the best person to beat Trump weakens.

Cleaver said he wants to see a major change in the conversation over Biden’s status as the Democratic nominee by the time the Republican National Convention wraps next week, and he hopes Democratic leadership and Biden can find a way forward.

CBC members are keenly aware that things aren’t going well for the Biden campaign, he said. “Nobody in the CBC is mentally ill, which would have to be the case for somebody who said, ‘Oh, this is great. Everything is fine,’” Cleaver said. “We’d be trying to get them locked up someplace.”

During an appearance Friday on NBC’s “TODAY” show, Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., one of Biden’s top allies on Capitol Hill, doubled down on his support for the president and declared that the internal debate over his candidacy needs to come to an end soon.

“I took him at his word that he’s staying in the race and that’s why I am all in,” Clyburn said. “I’m riding with Biden, no matter what direction he goes, no matter what method he takes. I’m with Joe Biden.”

But Clyburn also left the door open to Vice President Kamala Harris leading the ticket in the event that Biden bows out. “If he were to change his mind,” Clyburn said, “I will be all in for the vice president.”

The highest-ranking Black lawmaker on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., who has expressed support for Biden, has been listening to input all week from Democratic lawmakers. In a letter to colleagues, Jeffries confirmed that he met with Biden Thursday night and "directly expressed the full breadth of insight, heartfelt perspectives and conclusions about the path forward that the Caucus has shared in our recent time together."

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., a senior CBC member who led the special committee that investigated Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 attack, downplayed talk of any major cracks in Biden’s support among CBC members. But he, too, acknowledged that some in the group have grown more frustrated as the calls for Biden to step aside have stretched on for days. He said that only one, maybe two, out of 60 members have been publicly critical of Biden.

“That might be a scratch, I don’t see it as a crack,” Thompson said.

Those scratches were evident in several statements by Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., who stopped short of calling on Biden to step aside but strongly suggested that the party should reassess its nominee. 

“The President did not just have one ‘bad debate,’” Torres wrote on X. “The reality we saw with our own lying eyes is evidence of a deeper challenge. ... If the President formally becomes the Democratic Nominee, we will have no choice but to make the best of a complicated situation. But there is no point in denying the complications.”

One of the CBC members who spoke on the condition of anonymity said they “doubt” Biden can make it four more years as president and believe there has been a noticeable decline in his health. But that Democrat said they wanted to see Biden remain in the race, win re-election and then resign, making Harris the first Black woman to become president.

(Harris, for her part, has insisted that she remains loyal to Biden and has been one of his fiercest defenders, making phone calls to dozens of party leaders, civil rights activists and donors to reassure them that Biden can push forward despite calls for him to drop out.)

Of the congressional Democrats who have publicly called on Biden to step aside, none are members of the Black Caucus.

Earlier this week, CBC Chairman Steven Horsford, D-Nev., reaffirmed his support for Biden in a move seen as particularly significant because Horsford is facing a competitive race this fall. Still, Horsford said Thursday that the CBC is “not a monolith” and that its members, like the House Democratic caucus at large, have “the right to speak for themselves.”

Horford added that he and members of the caucus have been telling Biden and his campaign “not in just the last few weeks, but over the last few months” that “there needs to be fundamental change in order to win.”

“That change needs to be focused on change in structure, change in strategy, change in spending,” Horsford said.

Another CBC member who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations said Black lawmakers have been stressing to the Biden campaign for months that they need to spend more resources talking about kitchen-table issues like wages, housing costs and inflation and less time on topics like Trump being a threat to democracy and restrictions on abortion after the overturning of Roe v Wade. The lawmaker said that while the state of American democracy and abortion are important, they are not the topics most voters are worried about in their day-to-day lives.

Thompson echoed Horsford’s call for a shake-up in the campaign, suggesting that Biden is too insulated by his inner circle and needs to hear from a range of advisers. “He needs to put some additional chairs at his campaign table so that he can get a broader view of what people are really saying out here,” Thompson said.

Asked if he thinks there is a good representation of people of color in Biden’s inner circle, Thompson replied: “No. I understand loyalty and he has people who’ve been with him for a long time, but that’s not diversity.”

Former Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., who once served as the CBC chair while in Congress, is a co-chair of the Biden campaign, while Julie Chávez Rodriguez, the granddaughter of labor leader César Chávez, is the campaign manager. Thompson said he wants to see more representation of people of color in the Biden campaign.

“It’s a big country. From when he started running to where he is now, a lot of things have changed and he has to factor his team to reflect that,” Thompson said. “You keep the team but you grow it. I think there will be some additions. … Cedric Richmond is good, but he’s one person.”

Black Caucus largely sticks by Biden, but worries grow about whether his candidacy can survive

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What Is Project 2025, and Who Is Behind It? - The New York Times

What Is Project 2025, and Why Is Trump Disavowing It?

"The Biden campaign has attacked Donald J. Trump’s ties to the conservative policy plan that would amass power in the executive branch, though it is not his official platform.

Kevin Roberts, wearing a dark suit and blue tie and speaking into a microphone at a lectern. The lectern says, “National Religious Broadcasters,”
Kevin Roberts, the president of the Heritage Foundation, said that he expected the American government to embrace a more conservative era.George Walker IV/Associated Press

Donald J. Trump has gone to great lengths to distance himself from Project 2025, a set of conservative policy proposals for a future Republican administration that has outraged Democrats. He has claimed he knows nothing about it or the people involved in creating it.

Mr. Trump himself was not behind the project. But some of his allies were.

The document, its origins and the interplay between it and the Trump campaign have made for one of the most hotly debated questions of the 2024 race.

Here is what to know about Project 2025, and who is behind it.

What is Project 2025?

Project 2025 was spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation and like-minded conservative groups before Mr. Trump officially entered the 2024 race. The Heritage Foundation is a think tank that has shaped the personnel and policies of Republican administrations since the Reagan presidency.

The project was intended as a buffet of options for the Trump administration or any other Republican presidency. It’s the latest installment in the Heritage Foundation’s Mandate for Leadership series, which has compiled conservative policy proposals every few years since 1981. But no previous study has been as sweeping in its recommendations — or as widely discussed.

Kevin Roberts, the head of the Heritage Foundation, which began putting together the latest document in 2022, said he thought the American government would embrace a more conservative era, one that he hoped Republicans would usher in.

“We are in the process of the second American Revolution,” Mr. Roberts said on Real America’s Voice, a right-wing cable channel, in early July, adding pointedly that the revolt “will remain bloodless if the left allows it to be.”

A representative for Project 2025 said it did not speak for any candidate, adding that “it is ultimately up to that president, who we believe will be President Trump, to decide which recommendations to implement.”

What does Project 2025 propose?

Much of the plan’s nearly 900 pages detail extreme executive-branch overhauls. Among many recommendations, Project 2025 lays out plans for criminalizing pornography, disbanding the Commerce and Education departments, rejecting the idea of abortion as health care and shredding climate protections.

It calls out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which includes the National Weather Service, as “one of the main drivers of the climate change alarm industry.” And it backs deploying the military “to assist in arrest operations” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Beyond the policy proposals, something else comes up over and over again in the document — Mr. Trump and the Trump administration, which are mentioned hundreds of times.

What are Trump’s ties to Project 2025?

Former President Donald Trump spoke during a campaign rally in Doral, Fla. on Tuesday.Scott McIntyre for The New York Times

Project 2025 is led by the Heritage Foundation. It does not directly come from Mr. Trump. But that’s only part of the story.

Portions of the plan were driven by people who were top advisers to Mr. Trump during his first term and would most likely serve in prominent roles if he wins in November.

Russell T. Vought, Mr. Trump’s former budget director, led a section of Project 2025 that dealt with executive orders. Mr. Vought is the policy director for the Republican National Convention, and the national party is controlled by Trump allies. The party on Monday adopted a new policy platform that reflect priorities laid out on the Trump campaign website. Another person involved in Project 2025 is John McEntee, a former White House personnel chief who began Mr. Trump’s systematic attempt to sweep out officials deemed to be disloyal in 2020.

Mr. Trump has recently gone to great lengths to distance himself from the project, even falsely claiming that he knows nothing about it or people involved in it.

Mr. Trump wrote in a post on his social media site on Friday that he knew nothing about Project 2025 but also that he disagreed with parts of it: “Some of the things they’re saying are absolutely ridiculous and abysmal.” He did not specify which items he was talking about.

What are Trump’s plans for a second term?

The former president has been historically disengaged, even hostile, toward any type of transition planning for a possible second term.

But he has made no secret about his plans to gut civil-service protections, conduct the largest mass deportation effort in history, impose sweeping tariffs and target his enemies using presidential powers. His allies have developed a legal rationale to erase the Justice Department’s independence from the president, and several of his closest advisers are now vetting lawyers seen as more likely to embrace aggressive legal theories about the scope of his power.

Some of this, though not all of it, can be found in the Trump campaign’s own policy platform called Agenda47. It is more sparse than Project 2025. And even though Agenda47 is his campaign’s official list of policy priorities, Mr. Trump himself rarely mentions Agenda47 by name on the campaign trail.

Mr. Trump won in 2016 in part by saying any number of things, some of them contradictory, about policy, letting different people hear what they wanted in his words. In keeping with that approach, the Republican Party platform released Monday presents a less-specific agenda he directly approved that he can point to. The platform reflects a softening on abortion — the issue he views as his biggest vulnerability after the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

How do the Trump campaign plans and Project 2025 differ, and overlap?

There are a few ways the two plans differ.

One is on abortion. Project 2025 takes an aggressive approach to curtailing abortion rights, stating that the federal Health and Human Services Department “should return to being known as the Department of Life” (it was never known by that name) and that the next conservative president “has a moral responsibility to lead the nation in restoring a culture of life in America again.” Agenda47, however, does not mention abortion once.

Mr. Trump’s public position on abortion has regularly shifted. When he ran in 2016, he pledged to install justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. He called the ruling that overturned it “a great thing” at the presidential debate this year. He also said at the debate that abortion rights should be decided on a state-by-state basis.

Despite the differences, there are numerous similarities. One overlap: eroding the independence of the Justice Department. Mr. Trump has frequently criticized the legitimacy of the department’s investigation into attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Project 2025 argues that the department suffers from bureaucratic bloat and must be reined in, teeming with employees committed to a “radical liberal agenda.” On immigration, Mr. Trump has made no secret of his plans to hold the largest mass deportation effort in history. Project 2025, likewise, suggested the removal of any and all “immigration violators.”

The campaign and Project 2025 also share equal demands to end diversity, equity and inclusion programs and the “toxic normalization of transgenderism” as Project 2025 calls it. In many rallies, Mr. Trump asserts he will “keep men out of women’s sports.”

On international policy, Mr. Trump and Project 2025 both emphasize a protectionist outlook, often called “America First” policies by the Trump campaign. Sections in Project 2025 and in Agenda47 both suggest higher tariffs on competitors, and increasing competition with China.

One of Project 2025’s proposals to turn more federal jobs over to appointees loyal to the president mirrors a Trump-era policy. The back story: During Mr. Trump’s presidency, he issued an executive order making it easier to fire career officials and replace them with loyalists. Mr. Biden rescinded the order, known as Schedule F, but Mr. Trump has said he would reissue it if he wins a second term. Project 2025 also calls for Schedule F to be reinstated.

What are Democrats saying about Project 2025?

President Joe Biden made a previously unscheduled stop at a campaign field office in Philadelphia on Sunday.Tom Brenner for The New York Times

President Biden’s campaign and his supporters have yoked Project 2025 around Mr. Trump’s neck, repeatedly warning that it is his shadow platform and that it is evidence of an extreme second-term agenda. They have called it an authoritarian blueprint in an onslaught of news releases, social media posts and TV appearances.

In a rarity for an in-the-weeds policy memo, Project 2025 has made its way into the wider public, drawing condemnations on late-night shows, podcasts and awards programs. Since February, @BidenHQ, the campaign’s social media account, has posted about Project 2025 hundreds of times, associating it with Mr. Trump. The effort has received more engagement than most of the account’s posts, according to a Biden campaign official.

“Project 2025 should scare every single American,” Mr. Biden said in a statement. “It would give Trump limitless power over our daily lives.”

Late last month, John Oliver, the host of “Last Week Tonight,” dedicated a nearly 30-minute segment to criticizing Project 2025 and dissecting its dangers; it received over seven million views on YouTube. Taraji P. Henson, the actress and Biden campaign surrogate, encouraged people to vote against Republicans in a speech at the BET Awards by focusing on Project 2025.

Elected Democrats, particularly those on the left, have used the project to highlight the dangers of a second Trump term. Liberal members of Congress like Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts have taken to news programs and congressional hearings to highlight what they say is Mr. Trump’s unspoken platform.

At a June 11 hearing, Ms. Pressley called Project 2025 “a far-right manifesto” that would “destroy the federal government as we know it.”

What are Trump’s aides and other Republicans saying about Project 2025?

Last year, after Project 2025 gained traction in the media and the Biden campaign incorporated it as a core part of its messaging, top Trump campaign officials issued a statement.

Mr. Trump’s top aides, Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita, said in a December statement that unless indicated by campaign staff or the former president directly, “no aspect of future presidential staffing or policy announcements should be deemed official.”

Ms. Wiles and Mr. LaCivita have been continually frustrated with press coverage of Project 2025. They see much of it as potentially damaging in a general election. They are especially anxious about anything to do with restrictions on abortion, a sign that Mr. Trump is trying to appear more moderate on the issue as his focus shifts from the G.O.P. primary concerns of his base to the broader electorate in November.

Following the overturning of Roe, a decision put in place by conservative justices he appointed, Mr. Trump has grown ever more convinced that hard-line abortion restrictions are electoral poison. The new official Republican Party platform, which Mr. Trump directly approved, significantly waters down the abortion section compared with the 2016 and 2020 G.O.P. platform.

Beyond the abortion issue, many conservatives do not contest the radical nature of Project 2025, and they embrace the publicity.

Steve Bannon, a close Trump ally, told ABC News in late June, before he reported to federal prison to begin a four-month sentence for contempt of Congress, that Project 2025 would “take apart the administrative state brick by brick” as he brandished a copy of the report.

Michael Gold and Neil Vigdor contributed reporting."

What Is Project 2025, and Who Is Behind It? - The New York Times