This past June, the Republican National Committee voted to keep its party platform from the 2016 convention, failing to realize that it kept language decrying policies of the "current President"—which was Barack Obama at the time of its writing.
But in a recent resolution, the Republican party announced that it would forego an official party platform, citing the pandemic that's killed over 170 thousand Americans and moved both parties' conventions into a virtual format.
In place of a platform, the GOP instead reiterated its strong support for President Donald Trump, announcing:
"WHEREAS, The RNC enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration, as well as those espoused by the Democratic National Committee today; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President's America-first agenda;
RESOVLVED [sic], That the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention;"
A substantial complaint from anti-Trump Republicans, like Lincoln Project co-founder and former GOP campaign strategist Steve Schmidt, is that the Republican party no longer upholds the principles of fiscal responsibility and state autonomy it once championed, but has instead become the party of Trump.
The recent scrapping of the party's platform in favor of a stamp of approval for Trump didn't do much to help that perception.
The absence of an official platform, for some, called into question the validity of the entire convention.
The 2020 Republican National Convention begins on Monday night and Donald Trump is expected to speak on each of the convention's four nights.