Project 2025 March 20th Update

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Project 2025 is a 920-page plan, spearheaded by the powerful and extreme far-right Heritage Foundation. This blueprint for autocracy is supported by more than 100 organizations. 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 supporters’ war on DEI, some of the false information Christian Nationalists and others are disseminating about Haitian cannibals, and C-FAM’s attendance at a “Woodstock for baby-killers.” We’ll also hear from Project 2025 supporters in their own words.

The Heritage Foundation: Fear Mongering over Diversity and Equity and Inclusion
As powerful founders of Project 2025, the Heritage Foundation reported assets of more than $387 million in 2022, claiming a whopping 500,000 members. Aside from their daily fundraising email, they also host a plethora of conferences and webinars to further their Christian Nationalist agenda. 

Such was the case with Heritage’s “Seizing the Moment to Defeat DEI,” a series of panels advocating for the end of diversity, equity and inclusion. Heritage fellow Mike Gonzalez, who believes “DEI is infecting all of society, from schools, to the corporate world, to the military, making our nation less educated, less free and less safe,” took on the hosting duties. 

Expert speakers from Heritage and other organizations assembled to compare DEI to a cancer that has metastasized, turning Americans away from God, the provider of happiness. They spoke of American children being brainwashed at the age of eight and becoming little Marxists, and medical students forced to endure two hours of bias training to be licensed.

As Nicki Neily, president and founder of Parents Defending Education claimed in a panel entitled “The Capture of Higher Education Institutions,” “We’re living in a horror movie and the call is coming from inside the house, it is coming from DEI administrators.”

Another panel on donors, media and corporate America featured Armen Tooloee, chief of staff/assistant for Christopher Rufo, a former employee of more than one Project 2025 advisory group, who recently derided “recreational sex.”  Tooloee has attacked the “cosmopolitan, GloboHomo agenda of the Democratic Party” and demonstrated a fondness for white nationalist Pepe the Frog memes. 

Tooloee and Heritage’s other assembled experts are actively working to accomplish Project 2025’s goal of defeating DEI and bringing uniformity, inequity and exclusion back to the forefront of American society. 

Project 2025 Advisors Spread Disinformation about the Haitian Crisis
The crisis in Haiti has brought out Christian Nationalists’ rampant xenophobia with far-right commentators, leaders and influencers glomming onto a false narrative about Haitian cannibals. The violence associated with political upheaval in Haiti is being presented as cultural, in a country Trump has described as a “shithole,” a description that resonates with many Project 2025 supporters and champions.

On March 14, Sebastian Gorka appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room, which Media Matters calls the “media home” of Project 2025. The former deputy assistant and strategist to President Trump warned that flotillas of cannibals were making their way to America’s shores. “Let’s talk about Haiti. Let’s talk about, you know, the cannibalism that’s now, the cannibal crime cartel that’s running this country.” Gorka has also said of the first Spanish settlers to arrive in Hispaniola, “They found cannibals. This is a cultural issue,” emphasizing the cultural roots of alleged cannibalism in the colonized island nation. 

The same day, Todd Bensman who was subbing for Charlie Kirk, founder of Project 2025 advisory member Turning Point USA (TPUSA), dedicated a podcast segment to Haitian cannibals. The description of the March 14 episode, entitled “Haiti Is Full of Cannibals… And They’re Headed Here,” portrayed Haiti as a “disastrous country” with “cannibals in the streets and a warlord called ‘Barbecue’ ruling the capital.”

Bensman is a senior national security fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an anti-immigrant hate group known for publishing racist and white nationalist material and a Project 2025 member. Disparagement of Haiti has a long history at CIS, whose executive director Mark Kirkorian said in 2010, “My guess is that Haiti’s so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough,” he told the National Review after an earthquake in Haiti left 160,000 people dead.

Project 2025 supporters are joining a loud chorus of cultural attacks on Haiti and its people that have permeated far-right social media. 

Another “theocratic fascist” parroting Project 2025 members’ talking points is Matt Walsh, who believes that health care for transgender people leads to sexual abuse of children on the same level as rape and genital mutilation. “According to reports circulating all over social media, the violent gangs terrorizing Haiti have even resorted to cannibalism,” he warned.

And then there’s Elon Musk who retweeted Walsh’s false claims, weighing in on Haitian cannibals to his 177 million followers.

Musk’s own company censored him by removing the video clip he shared on Haitian cannibalism, labeling it a rule violation.

For Project 2025 supporters, cannibalism fever has been fomented by video “evidence.” The stills below are from a clip that has been viewed half a million times.

According to Snopes, the scene was filmed at a Halloween party at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom Theme Park in Zhuhai, China, and posted to their Instagram on October 31, 2018.

A park worker, definitely not Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizer who says he got his nickname from his mother’s fried chicken stand, is clearly visible in another still from the video, unenthusiastically roasting mannequins on a spit over a fake campfire to entertain park guests. 

Neither Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch nor the U.S. State Department have received any credible reports regarding cannibalism in Haiti, The Independent reported. “People should seek fact-based verification of sensational claims from credible sources before sharing on social media,” a State Department spokesperson suggested.

Center for the Family and Human Rights: Trampling Women’s Rights
The Center for the Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) is working desperately to trample women’s rights during the United Nations’ sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held in New York from March 15 through March 22. One of their points of attack is women’s healthcare and the battle against abortion, and C-FAM president Austin Ruse and his team are on the front lines, doing battle against Satan himself at UN headquarters whilst surrounded by radical, child-harming feminists. 

As Ruse wrote asking supporters for prayers and money on week two of the conference:

“The late great Fr. Benedict Groeshel once told me that the abortion extremists at the UN ‘are not evil.’

He said, ‘They are middle-class people fooled by Satan.’

Fifteen thousand of these people are at the UN in this second week of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

These people may not be evil, but Satan has undoubtedly fooled them, and they want evil done, especially to the unborn child and the family.

C-Fam is there, leading the charge to stop them and their wicked agenda.”

During the first week of UN meetings dubbed “Woodstock for Baby-Killers” by Ruse, Project 2025 member C-FAM and a scant 20 volunteers held fast.

“…standing in UN headquarters today and all around us are 15,000 frantic fanatic feminist (sic) who are braying for the blood of babies.

That’s right. I said braying for the blood of babies.

This is the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women. Your C-Fam team are behind enemy lines, way behind enemy lines.”

Ruse and C-FAM are fighting against a women’s rights document that they claim would promote a global sexual revolution. According to C-FAM, this includes on-demand abortion, child mutilation, teaching children how to masturbate and have gay sex, and denying God in favor of sexual faith.

In Their Own Words
“Their code is that of sexualizing our children. Their code is that the government’s in charge of your family, basically. Their code is if you’re a boy, and you want to become a girl, that’s fine. Let’s do that as well. I mean, it is literally what I say the destruction or the collapsing of society.” Project 2025 supporter Mercedes Schlapp speaking on “wokeness” at CPAC 2024, was Trump’s director of communications from 2017 to 2019. Her husband, Matt Schlapp, chairs the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC, an event sponsored by Project 2025 where neo-Nazis and white supremacists have mingled with Christian Nationalists. 

If Project 2025’s Charlie Kirk had his way, all death penalty sentences would be carried out on television, with a preference for beheadings.

“As far as other death penalties, I think what some of those guys did to Donald Trump, to use the instruments of government to destroy the constitutional order, that should be under consideration,” The Turning Point founder claimed on his ThoughtCrime podcast on February 15. “You could have, like, ‘Brought to you by Coca-Cola.; And no. I’m not kidding. By the way, I would totally tune in to see some pedo get their head chopped off.”

Candace Owens, founder of Turning Point’s Blexit, has uncovered a “terrifying” secret, “the biggest scandal that has ever happened in politics in human history.” 

Owen’s discovery involves the French first lady. Brigitte Macron, a former language teacher at a Jesuit high school and later the exclusive private school Lycée la Providence, who married French President Emmanuel Macron in 2007.  

Brigitte, Owens posits, is actually her own brother and was born a man.

“After looking into this, I would stake my entire professional reputation on the fact that Brigitte Macron is, in fact, a man,” Owens tweeted on March 12, doubling down on claims she also made on her YouTube channel.

“Some people are asking ‘Why does it matter?’ I just want to ask those people back, ‘Are you insane? Are you a crazy person to ask why something this big would matter?’ I mean, it would mean that France is being led potentially by a psychopathic liar and a pedophile. Those would be the implications if this was proven to be true. It would also mean that the entire press in France is implicated in trying to cover up this massive lie.”

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