Consider this little CYA item meant to distance VP Pence from Ukraine-gate that could mean a readiness to cut Trump loose.
Among the sources for RWNJ social policy is the Council for National Policy, not to be confused with the liberal Center for National Policy. The membership includes Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, the DeVos family, the Mercers, VP Mike Pence, Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow, and two men whose families funded the largest voting machine vendor in the U.S.). But as we know, the RWNJ network is quite widely distributed with overlapping memberships among groups like Opus Dei and the NRA.
Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told the New York Times about the CNP meeting ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention, “The real crux of this is that these are the genuine leaders of the Republican Party, but they certainly aren't going to be visible on television next week.”
By Jennifer S. Cohn December 27, 2017 Citations updated July 20, 2018
If you don’t yet know about the Council for National Policy (“CNP”) you should read this Thread. It will help you understand what’s happening to our country.
“The Council for National Policy (CNP), is an umbrella organization and networking group for social [anti-abortion, anti-gay] conservative activists in the United States. … Nation magazine has called it a secretive organization that ‘networks wealthy right-wing donors together with top conservative operatives to plan long-term movement strategy.’”
In recent years, the CNP has kept its member lists confidential. But the Southern Poverty Law Center obtained and published one from 2014. Here is a link to the directory. https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/cnp_redacted_final.pdf …
the CNP has become a key meeting place where ostensibly mainstream conservatives interact with individuals who are, by any reasonable definition, genuinely extremist.
The CNP founders, including then-Moral Majority leader Tim LaHaye, were a colorful cast of characters: oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt, a one-time member of the John Birch Society’s ruling council and a billionaire before he went bankrupt as a result of his effort to corner the silver market; T. Cullen Davis, a multimillionaire from Texas who was tried and acquitted in two separate murder cases; William Cies, a wealthy John Bircher and major CNP funder; and Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
— Ron Rabatsky (@ExposingALEC) September 28, 2019