The Republican Party has made it clear that it believes that the party should embrace Bernie Sanders’ policies and that a more liberal Democrat is needed to “defeat the Trump administration.”
The party’s platform calls for a single-payer health care system, for a higher minimum wage, for public universities to abolish tuition for college students, and for the legalization of marijuana.
But it does not support Sanders’ positions on abortion, climate change, immigration, same-sex marriage, gun control, or the use of public money for abortion.
The Republican Platform Committee has not released a position paper on the issues, but the party has said that it supports the “pro-life position” on abortion and supports President Donald Trump’s position on climate change.
“It’s a shame that Republicans are ignoring the needs of their voters and taking their positions on those issues out of step with the rest of the party,” said former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell, who is now an attorney general in North Carolina.
McDonnell served as the vice chair of the Republican National Committee from 2010 to 2015.
“What’s happening in the Republican Party today is they are the party of Trump, they’re the party that says, ‘You are a liberal, you are an abortionist, you’re a socialist, you don’t understand the importance of public schools, you support abortion, you can’t get married in North Carolinians church, you’ll never vote Republican,'” he said.
“They don’t want to engage in those kind of conversations.
They’re taking a position on the issue and saying, ‘We’re going to ignore that.'”
When asked whether he believes the Republican Platform is consistent with the values of the GOP, McDonnell responded, “Yes.
I think the Republican party has made its stance on certain issues clear.
They believe that if they can have a conservative Republican president, they’ll be in the majority in the Senate.”
When asked why he thought Republicans have not adopted a more progressive platform, McDonnell said, “I think they’re trying to take what’s in the party platform, they can change the platform to fit their own ideology, but it’s not a progressive platform.
It’s not in the way they want to govern the country.”
When questioned about the idea that Republicans might be more interested in Trump’s policies than his policies, McDonnell told Breitbart News, “The Democrats have said we are going to be the party for Trump, we’re going do what he wants, and we’re not going to let anybody else have a voice in that.”
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Republican lawmakers have not spoken out publicly on the policy positions of the Trump campaign.
Some of the most outspoken Republicans in Congress have said that they are not ready to endorse Trump.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has not endorsed Trump and has stated that he will not back the presumptive Republican nominee.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R–WI) has also not endorsed the Republican nominee, but has not taken a position either way.
The Trump campaign has not responded to a Freedom of Information Act request seeking information about the party’s policy positions.
“We don’t support a third party candidate, but we have an obligation to support the Republican candidates and that’s why I’ve endorsed Trump, I think he’s going to do a good job and win the presidency,” said Sen. John Thune (R.-SD), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
“I have an interest in a fair election, I’m not interested in a third-party candidate.
We need a fair and open election.
That’s what I’m trying to do.”
The Trump Campaign has also refused to release any platform language on the abortion issue.
“The Trump Campaign does not plan to release a platform statement on abortion.
We’re focused on working with our Republican opponents and our Democratic opponents to pass pro-life legislation,” said spokesman Ryan Costello.
In an interview with Breitbart News on Thursday, Ryan Thune, chairman of House Finance Committee, stated, “We are going back to the Republican platform, and that includes abortion, as well.”
The Republican National Convention will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.