The son-in-law and senior advisor to the US president, Jared Kushner, is reportedly launching an overhaul of the GOP platform with Trump’s top campaign officials, according to Axios. The Trump campaign’s Bill Stepien and the Republican National Committee, who report to Kushner, are said to be working toward shrinking the Republic Party mission statement – or platform – from a 58-page document to a “single card that fits in people’s pockets”.
Kushner told colleagues that he would like to see “something like the 10 principles we believe in”, the Axios report said, citing unnamed sources familiar with the comments.
Kushner also allegedly asked Stepien to find descriptive examples for the Republican platform that read more like a “mission statement”, which, according to another source cited by Axios, was done in the 1856 GOP platform. The mid-19th-century document was reportedly used by Kushner to prove that a one-page explanatory list for the GOP is a time-tested idea.
Among Kushner’s other reported ideas is to identify a method in which the modified platform could “eliminate alienating language”, an example of which he considered the phrase “gay conversion therapy”. Kushner is thought to have allegedly stood against re-branding “School Choice” to “Education Freedom Scholarships”, as, in the adviser’s estimation, the phrase “does not resonate with African Americans”.
According to the sources, these are not the only changes on the docket for the 2020 GOP platform.
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s director of communications, told Axios that the 2020 GOP platform is expected to be “the most conservative in history and one which will reflect the president’s conservative imprint on the Republican Party”.