The GOP’s 2020 Platform? Blindly Backing Trump.

Not this.

The Republican Party will not release a new policy platform ahead of the 2020 presidential election—and has chosen instead to pledge its undying allegiance to President Donald Trump.

In a statement released this Sunday, August 23, the GOP bucked tradition for the RNC by adjourning “without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention.” Instead, the party said it “enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration,” and will continue to back the 45th President of the United States’ “America-first agenda.”

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Protestors demonstrate against systemic racism in New York City on June 14, 2020.

Of course, any LGBTQ American knows the devastating cost of that “America-first agenda.” Since 2016, the Trump-Pence administration has barred transgender Americans from military service, proposed budgetary cuts to the fight to end HIV/AIDS globally, and fought to eradicate numerous federal protections for members of the queer community. And those are just some of his attacks on the freedoms of LGBTQ Americans. As NewNowNext has covered at length, the current administration’s anti-LGBTQ track record seems never-ending.

The GOP’s official excuse for the “highly unusual” move is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made gathering en masse unsafe. (Nevermind that the Democratic Party safely drafted a platform for 2020 amid the pandemic.) Regardless, the bold choice has sparked a deluge of criticism from politicos, with New York magazine describing the party as a “personality cult.”

Those criticisms transcend party lines, too. As NBC News reports, more than two dozen former Republican lawmakers endorsed Joe Biden, the Democrat expected to take on Trump in November, ahead of the convention. The former Vice President has also scored endorsements from prominent advocacy groups like HRC.

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