Republican Senator and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairman Rick Scott of Florida reinforced the GOP's embrace of far-right attitudes and outright disinformation with his latest 11 point plan to "rescue" America. The plan comes after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP wouldn't release an agenda ahead of the 2022 midterms, saying it would be a "mistake," according to Axios.
It looks like McConnell may have been right.
Senator Scott's unhinged document presents a list of actions Americans "must do to save this country," but it seems written with only one American in mind: former President Donald Trump.
Throughout the 2016 campaign and beyond, Trump repeatedly promised a wall at the southern border, falsely promising that Mexico would pay for it. In his four years in office, the Trump administration endorsed a government shutdown to secure border wall funding, but only secured 80 miles of brand new wall.
Nevertheless, in a section detailing Republican immigration policies, the wall takes top priority:
"We will secure our border, finish building the wall, and name it after President Donald Trump."
But while the party's quixotic pursuit of a wall at the southern border—and naming it after Trump—is little more than a vague gesture, other points laid out in the plan would have devastating consequences for Americans across the country.
For starters, the plan vows to take a "colorblind approach" to race in America. It emphasizes that no government document will ask Americans to disclose their race—not even on a census form, despite these measures being vital at measuring racial progress as Black Americans and other Americans of color still face wildly disproportionate rates of violence, poverty, and other systemic disenfranchisement. It would also ban diversity training of any kind in the Military.
The same goes for LGBTQ Americans, promising to eliminate any questions on "gender identity" and "sexual preference" on government documents. And though the "nuclear family" dogwhistle is used multiple times throughout the plan, "LGBTQ" or any other iteration isn't used once.
It goes on to take extreme right stances on abortion, election security, education, taxation, and a host of other issues.
In a letter introducing the plan, Scott warns it is "not for the faint of heart," adding:
"It will be ridiculed by the ‘woke’ left, mocked by Washington insiders, and strike fear in the heart of some Republicans. At least I hope so."
That the plan would be ridiculed is one of the few truthful statements in the 30 page document.
The initiative only heightened the urgency for Democrats to expand congressional control in the November midterms.
In light of historical trends and conservative state legislatures' efforts to limit ballot box access, Republicans currently have the advantage in 2022. It's unclear if embracing these far-right stances will prove vulnerable in November.