Project 2025 June 19th Update

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Project 2025 is a 920-page plan spearheaded by the powerful and extreme far-right Heritage Foundation. More than 100 organizations support this blueprint for autocracy. Their stated goal is to create an “ideal” America that would see women, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, people of color, and others deprived of their hard-won constitutional rights and the erosion of environmental and education protections. It also advocates for a frightening centralization of power in the executive branch. Rooted in hate and Christian Nationalism, the plan promises to “rescue the country.” Read GPAHE’s full analysis of Project 2025 and the groups behind it.

GPAHE tracks the activities of those behind Project 2025, and their plans for an authoritarian and Christian Nationalist America, no matter who is president, and the groups in this extremist movement are relentlessly implementing initiatives at local, state, and federal levels.

This week we look at Project 2025’s education agenda and the homeschooling movement’s embrace of Christian Nationalism, Turning Point USA’s recent convention celebrating “White Boy Summer,” and notorious white supremacist Nick Fuentes urging followers to join Project 2025. We’ll also hear Heritage Foundation president Kevin Roberts’ reaction to the House Democrats’ “Stop Project 2025 Task Force,” Roberts’ disdain for the Juneteenth holiday, and Steve Bannon’s latest use of violent rhetoric when describing the stakes of the 2024 election.

Project 2025 Groups Propelling the Homeschooling Movement’s Rightward Shift 

Project 2025’s contempt for the public education system is openly displayed in its Mandate for Leadership proposal to eliminate the Department of Education, which it calls a “one-stop shop for the woke education cartel.” Also on the chopping block, free meals for children, which it claims support a “radical ideology,” and Head Start programs which offer children under the age of five from low income families cognitive, social, and emotional support. Project 2025 claims that the programs, in place since 1965, “have little or no long-term academic value for children.”. 

Written by Lindsey Burke, Heritage’s director of education policy and a board member of Project 2025-supporter the Independent Women’s Forum, the Mandate for Leadership’s education chapter proposes policies that would allow tax-payer funding of religious schools and homeschool curriculums. “Ultimately, every parent should have the option to direct his or her child’s share of education funding through an education savings account (ESA), funded overwhelmingly by state and local taxpayers, which would empower parents to choose a set of education options that meet their child’s unique needs,” Burke writes.

This is good news for the organized homeschooling movement, which as evidenced by the May 23 – 25, 2024 Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) convention, is increasingly aligning itself with the religious right and Christian Nationalism

The FPEA’s 36th annual gathering in Kissimmee, Florida brought together an estimated 18,000 attendees for a conference that, while offering some practical homeschooling advice, was suffused with far-right political rhetoric. Keynote speakers and exhibitors included representatives and materials from pro-Trump, anti-feminist, anti-public education, and Christian Nationalist organizations and causes. 

Project 2025 was well-represented. Attendees could visit booths from supporter organizations Turning Point USA (TPUSA) and Turning Point USA Faith, Eagle Forum, Focus on the Family from the Family Policy Alliance, Liberty University, the Herzog Foundation, and the Heritage Foundation.

“We are increasingly governed by a ruling elite that is capturing our institutions to create a one-party state, governed by authoritarians,” former Heritage fellow and deputy assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development under Trump, Tim Meisburger, told the assembled crowd. 

As The Roys Report noted in an article on the convention, politics and grievances permeated the proceedings. Despite the logistical challenges homeschooling parents face, sessions promoted becoming “election challengers,” raised alarms about a supposed “communist coup d’état,” and taught history through a Christian nationalist lens portraying progressivism as socialist evil. Creationist pseudoscience was on offer in the exhibition hall. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made an appearance touting his battles against “indoctrination” in public education.

Key elements of the organized homeschooling movement are increasingly fusing with Christian Nationalist activists and Project 2025 culture warriors. Several factors may be fueling this shift. The homeschooling population surged during the pandemic, with many new families motivated by opposition to school COVID policies and supposed “indoctrination.” High-profile figures on the right have taken up the cause, from DeSantis to talk radio hosts, tilting the homeschool community in a more conservative direction.

Simultaneously, the religious right’s long-running attacks on public education have intensified, with Project 2025 supporters smearing schools as bastions of liberal secular values awash in DEI, gender ideology and CRT, and hopelessly at odds with their traditional beliefs. For some conservative Christians, homeschooling offers appealing insulation from an increasingly diverse society and a means of imparting their worldview to the next generation.

Project 2025 supporter PragerU, not an accredited university, is also making inroads in public schools. In 2023, Florida approved Prager’s curriculum for its well-over three million K-12 students. 

Their far-right, often bigoted material featuring Christian Nationalists presenting video lessons, has also been approved by Oklahoma, Montana, Texas, New Hampshire, and Arizona. 

Project 2025 supporters hosting educational videos for PragerU include  RJ Pestritto and Michael Anton of Hillsdale College, Claremont Institute contributor Peachy Keenan, Heritage Foundation donor and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Jack Posobiec of Turning Point USA, Heritage Foundation’s Center for Energy, Climate and Environment director and Project 2025 co-author Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Jason Isaac of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and  Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA.

PragerU’s video “Dear Infidels: A Warning to America” prompted Google to temporarily remove the PragerU app from Google Play Store on June 7, 2024, for violating the platform’s hate speech policy. Although the app was quickly reinstated, PragerU continues to use the incident as a fundraising tool. In 2023, the organization took in $68.7 million in revenue.

TPUSA also has its own educational arm, called Turning Point Academy, a network of schools including Dream City Christian Academy, a program of the Dream City Church in Phoenix where TPUSA presented Donald Trump’s first rally since his felony convictions.”

The K-12 private school, which serves nearly 800 students, is part of Turning Point USA’s Turning Point Academy program, a network of 41 schools that describes itself as “an educational movement that exists to glorify God and preserve the founding principles of the United States through influencing and inspiring the formation of the next generation.” Dream City Christian Academy promises to “Protect our campus from the infiltration of unethical agendas by rejecting all ‘woke’ and untruthful ideologies being pushed on students,” Mother Jones wrote.

Dream City Academy’s tuition is partially paid for by taxpayers, as Arizona was the first state to adopt the ESA’s Project 2025 is advocating for across the nation. The religious school received nearly $1 million in tuition vouchers from the state of Arizona last year.

Project 2025 Supporter Turning Point USA’s Weekend of Revelry Celebrates a “White Boy Summer” and “Grandma Grizzlies”

Project 2025 supporter Turning Point USA (TPUSA), the far-right political youth movement founded by Charlie Kirk in 2012, has been making waves on college campuses and in the political arena, garnering significant support from Republican megadonors who hope to capture the youth vote. 

Turning Point Action hosted a “People’s Convention” in Detroit from June 14 – 16, a three-day who’s who of the far-right conservative movement. Garishly produced, with lasers and smoke machines akin to an ‘80s  rock concert, the event reflected the hefty donations coming into the organization, whose latest tax filings show revenues of $80.6 million in 2022. “Look at this aesthetic. Have you ever seen anything as beautiful as this at a Trump event in recent memory?” Kirk marveled on June 17, 2024 while reviewing footage from the event.

The convention’s all-star lineup, included Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Candace Owens, Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, Alex Jones, “Pizzagate” promoter Jack Posobiec, Matt Gaetz, JD Vance and Marjorie Taylor Green who advocated that “Doctor Anthony Fauci should be tried for crimes against humanity,” and responded to the crowd’s chants of “Lock him up!” with “I can assure you, if I have anything to do with it, we will lock him up! He belongs in prison!”

Jack Posobiec, a TPUSA contributor and promoter of the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, strutted onto the stage in sunglasses and a cardboard box, from which he dramatically unfurled a “White Boy Summer” flag. Posobiec then tossed hats bearing the same slogan into the cheering audience.

While this open display of white nationalism is par for the course with Charlie Kirk’s organization, which has frequently provided a platform for white nationalists and embraced the concept of the left’s “war on whiteness,” the event also had appeal for far-right boomers.

One of the convention’s sponsors and prominent exhibitors was Project 2025 supporter, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), a for-profit insurance agency for over 50s that likens itself to a conservative alternative to AARP for those who have concerns about “change that is eradicating our traditional values.” Claiming to have two million members, AMAC’s magazine features ads for hearing aids, mobility scooters, and adult diapers, as  Mother Jones reported.

“The radical Left wants to fund terrorists, persecute our police, release violent criminals back on our streets, kill unborn babies, teach our children to hate America and make them believe that their God-given gender was a mistake. Joe Biden and the liberal elites have done such a good job destroying everything our forefathers built, that China doesn’t need even to invade our shores. The Left is destroying America from within,” AMAC’s CEO Rebecca Weber told the crowd. “To all the gender fanatics out there – if you think mama bears are dangerous, watch out for a whole lot of grandma grizzlies. We may look harmless and cute, but you will wish you didn’t as much as come near our grandkids.”

TPUSA’s appeal to donors has been largely based on its perceived ability to connect with young voters, as evidenced by the cheers offered up to the “White Boy Summer” flag. The organization has pledged to raise and spend more than $100 million to get out the vote this year, with a focus on hiring full-time staffers to reach out to “low propensity voters” in swing states in a campaign it calls “Chase the Vote,” pushing Project 2025’s cultural and political agenda as it attempts to recruit new voters to the Christian Nationalist cause.

Charlie Kirk is also pushing his new book, Right Wing Revolution: How to Beat the Woke and Save the West, which he claims “drags wokeism out of the shadows and details the exact steps needed to stop its toxic spread. Right Wing Revolution is not a cautionary tale. Wokeism has already seeped into every aspect of American society.” 

Prominent White Supremacist Advocates for Support of Project 2025

In recent years, Nick Fuentes has emerged as one of the most controversial figures in the American far-right political landscape. The 25-year-old white nationalist and Holocaust denier has gained notoriety for his extreme views and his role in the blatantly racist and anti-Semitic America First movement. 

Fuentes, who famously dined with Donald Trump and Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago in November 2022, first gained attention as a student at Boston University, where he became involved in right-wing politics and began expressing his controversial views. He has repeatedly promoted the idea that the United States should be a white-majority country and has made numerous anti-Semitic statements, including denying the Holocaust. In 2017, he attended the infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which brought together a variety of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.

Since then, Fuentes, who was reinstated on Twitter/X by Elon Musk in May 2024, has become a prominent figure in the far-right, hosting a live-stream show called “America First with Nicholas J. Fuentes” and amassing a significant following online. 

On the June 7 episode of his show, which has more than 160,000 views on Rumble, Fuentes urged his followers, known as “groypers,” to get behind Project 2025. 

“We gotta fill up the White House with groypers. That’s what we gotta do. I mean, you know, we’ll see what happens. We want him to come our way. If not, we just gotta fill up his administration with groypers, which means you need to get in the database for American Moment or Project 2025,” Fuentes told his viewers.

Sign up for one of those. Better yet, sign up for all of those. Send an email to all of those Trump campaign, AFPI, which is America First Policy Institute, American moment, uh, Heritage, Project 2025. Join any of those. Join all of those, send an email to all of those and try and get involved. ’cause that, that’s the only other way I can see is if we could get everybody hired,” Fuentes implored. 

On June 14, Fuentes attempted to hold an America First conference in Detroit in protest of TPUSA’s simultaneous convention. Fuentes is a long and frequent critic of TPUSA and Charlie Kirk whom he calls a “Jew lover,” and “Israel shill.” Fuentes and his followers have been banned from TPUSA events since 2019.

While the America First gathering’s venue ended up canceling the event, Fuentes and his supporters chanted “Christ is king” outside the TPUSA venue, and the groypers met with former KKK grand wizard and elder racist David Duke, who also attended Charlottesville in 2017. 

Duke expressed support for America First, and called Fuentes a “comrade” in their common battle. “I’m here to support Nick and his work, and all the Groypers that are out here, and all the people that are working to save our country and save us from Jewish supremacism and Jewish genocide because we are being genocided just like the Palestinians,” Duke stated. “It’s just a different form of it.”

Yet Fuentes realizes that TPUSA and his groyper army share common ground and goals. “Charlie Kirk, as we know, has become a white supremacist, and that’s a huge victory,” Fuentes said on his February 8, 2024 podcast. “If Turning Point would just stop banning groypers from their conferences, maybe we could work together. If they would just stop badmouthing me and just reintegrate the groypers into the machine, that would be a win for everybody.”

In Their Own Words

“Under the Biden administration, the federal government has been weaponized against American citizens, our border invaded, and our institutions captured by woke ideology. The task force launched by House Democrats only underscores the Left’s fear of losing its grip on their authoritarian bureaucracy. If their strategy is to resort to scare tactics instead of tackling the genuine concerns of Americans regarding the unsustainable cost of living, rampant crime, border crisis, and global unrest spawned by their left-wing policies—well, they’re more than welcome to try. We will not give up and we will win.”

— Kevin Roberts, president of The Heritage Foundation, which created Project 2025, in response to House Democrats’ “Stop Project 2025 Task Force,” launched on June 11, 2024.

“…It is no surprise that Americans are souring on Juneteenth. What they hear from the media and elected leaders on Juneteenth is a self-righteous, anti-American drumbeat of criticism and division. Most Americans are excluded from the celebration, as is anyone who believes in America’s founding or doesn’t buy the narrative that America is “systemically racist” today.”

—Kevin Roberts on how conservatives should “reclaim” the Juneteenth holiday in an article published on June 17, 2024.

“Between now and Election Day they’re going to try to take out so many people and that’s where it’s next man up, it’s next woman up. Are you prepared to fight? Are you prepared to give it all? Are you prepared to leave it all on the battlefield? … Ladies and gentlemen, it’s very simple, victory or death.”

— Project 2025 supporter, former Trump advisor and soon-to-be incarcerated person Steve Bannon addressing the crowd at Turning Point Action’s Detroit convention, June 15, 2024.  

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