The leader of a conservative think tank orchestrating plans for a massive political takeover of the federal government, in the event of a Republican presidential win, said that the country is in the midst of a “second American Revolution” that will be bloodless “if the left allows it to be.”

Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts made the blatant threat on July 2 during Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast, adding that Republicans are “in the process of taking this country back.”

Democrats are “apoplectic right now” because the right is winning, Roberts told former U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, the podcast’s guest host as Bannon is serving a four-month prison term. “And so I come full circle on this response and just want to encourage you with some substance that we are in the process of the second American Revolution, which will remain bloodless if the left allows it to be.”

Roberts’ remarks shed light on how a group that promises to have significant influence over a possible second term for Donald Trump, the convicted felon and former President who tried to overthrow the federal government in his January 6 coup attempt, was thinking about this moment in American politics.

The Heritage Foundation is spearheading Project 2025, a sweeping road map for a new GOP administration that includes plans for dismantling aspects of the federal government and ousting thousands of civil servants in favor of Trump loyalists who will carry out a hard-right agenda without complaint.

In simple terms, the Orewellian plan seeks to transform the United States from a democracy into a dictatorship. Roberts’ call for revolution and vague reference to violence also unnerved some Democrats who see the threats for what they are.

“This is chilling,” former Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson wrote on the social platform X. “Their idea of a second American Revolution is to undo the first one.”

James Singer, a spokesperson for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign, pointed to the Fourth of July holiday in an emailed statement.

“248 years ago America declared independence from a tyrannical king, and now Donald Trump and his allies want to make him one at our expense,” Singer said, adding that Trump and his allies are “dreaming of a violent revolution to destroy the very idea of America.”

Roberts, whose name Bannon recently floated to “The New York Times” as a potential chief of staff option for Trump, also said on the podcast that Republicans should be encouraged by the Supreme Court’s recent immunity ruling.

He said the July 1 decision — which gives presidents broad immunity from prosecution — is “vital” to ensure a president will not have to “second guess, triple guess every decision they’re making in their official capacity.”

Trump’s argument for immunity was based on his false assertion that the violent acts he committed on January 6, with the purpose of overthrowing a lawful election to stay in power, fell under the definition of his official duties as president.

Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, said Roberts’ comments about a “second American Revolution” are “a bit terrifying but also elucidating.” The 1,000-page Project 2025 playbook calls for far-reaching changes in government, including rolling back protections for the LGBTQ community and infusing Christianity more deeply into society.

“Roberts, the Heritage Foundation, and its allies in Project 2025 want to reorder American society and fundamentally change it,” Beirich said. “He’s said the quiet part out loud.”

Ali Swenson and MI Staff

Associated Press

NEW YORK, New York

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