The influential conservative group, the Heritage Foundation, has released a questionnaire for potential recruits in the next Republican presidential administration. This test reveals the impact of former President Donald Trump on the conservative movement.
Heritage’s questionnaire focuses on screening applicants who support policies such as tariffs, reducing the U.S. military presence overseas, and removing executive branch officials who obstruct the president’s agenda. Notably, the application includes questions about presidential power, raising concerns about hindrances from unelected federal officials.
This initiative comes as part of Heritage’s mission to shape the next conservative government. While as a nonprofit organization, Heritage cannot endorse political candidates directly, it is leading a $22 million presidential transition operation called Project 2025. This initiative, a collaboration with over 80 conservative groups, aims to develop policies and personnel for the next administration.
In recent years, Heritage has shifted its policies to align with Trump’s “America First” ideology. This includes altering stances on foreign policy, trade, and military spending. The questions on the questionnaire indicate this shift, showcasing the breadth of influence that Trump has had on the Republican Party and conservative movement.
Members of the organization have expressed openness to implementing tariffs aimed at bringing back manufacturing jobs, despite potential impacts on consumer prices. This shift in ideology has led to internal dissent and rifts within the conservative movement, with some analysts leaving Heritage due to these changes.
Kevin Roberts, Heritage’s president, emphasized the need to recruit and train individuals to serve in future presidential administrations. He stated that the organization is dedicated to building a strong team of patriotic Americans prepared to serve the nation in the next administration.
Overall, Heritage’s questionnaire and its alignment with the “America First” ideology reflect the evolving landscape of conservative politics and the long-lasting impact of Donald Trump on the movement.
© 2023 The New York Times Company