Right-Wing Group Creating a Blacklist of Federal Workers Resistant to Trump Policies

Meet Tom Jones, a seasoned political operative, from the American Accountability Foundation. Out of his home office from some holler in Kentucky, Jones is quietly investigating federal employees who might be hostile to the policies of Donald Trump.

With a $100,000 grant from the Heritage Foundation, Jones and his group are investigating the backgrounds, social media posts and commentary of key high-ranking government employees, beginning with the Department of Homeland Security.

“We need to understand who these people are and what they do,” said Jones, a former Capitol Hill aide to Republican senators.

The goal is to compile a list of 100 names of government workers who might be hostile to a second Trump term, and post them to a website this summer.

Project Sovereignty 2025 shows the lengths that Trumpists are willing to go in order to ensure nothing blocks the plans for 2025 in a second Trump term, in alignment with the Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025.

Jacqueline Simon, policy director at the American Federation of Government Employees, said the language being used — the Heritage Foundation’s announcement praised the group for ferreting out “anti-American bad actors” — is “shocking.”

Civil servants are often ex-military personnel and are required to take an oath to the Constitution to work for the federal government, not a loyalty test to a president, she and others said.

Project 2025 leans on reviving the Trump Schedule F policy that would try to reclassify tens of thousands of federal workers as political appointees, which could enable mass dismissals.

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