Lincoln Project Continues To Implode . . .
Lincoln Project Continues To Implode . . .
And it’s glorious. After doing all it could to divide the Republican Party and hand election to victory for Joe Biden, the Lincoln Project is hemorrhaging like a stuck pig. A month ago, news broke that the Project’s co-founder, John Weaver, had engaged in “sexual impropriety” with a number or men. Earlier this week, media outlets like the New York Times began distancing themselves from their love affair with the Never Trump organization. Now comes news that co-founder Jennifer Horn is no longer a part of the organization. It should surprise no one that the Project claims the reasons for the separation are very different from what Horn announced. Not that the reason matters in the long run. What does is that the Lincoln Project is reaping what it sowed and it is glorious.
One of the first media outlets to address this latest change in status for the Lincoln Project was the New York Times.
Jennifer Horn, a Lincoln Project co-founder, resigned from the group, citing the Weaver inappropriate contacts with young men https://t.co/mJdSc1zH2O
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 5, 2021
That seems pretty straight-forward. The organization had an alleged sexual predator as a co-founder and another co-founder felt the appropriate action wasn’t taken when knowledge of his action reached the powers that be.
Upon careful consideration, I have terminated my relationship with the Lincoln Project, effective immediately,” Horn wrote. “John Weaver’s grotesque and inappropriate behavior, coupled with his longstanding deceptions concerning that behavior, are sickening. . . It is clear at this point that my views about how the Lincoln Project’s efforts are managed, and the best way to move the Lincoln Project forward into the future in the wake of these awful events, have diverged.”
Despite her carefully penned righteous indignation over Weaver’s actions, consider what she says. She calls Weaver’s behavior “grotesque” and seems to place at least some blame for her resignation at Weaver’s feet. If that’s the case, why did it take her month almost before stepping down?
Not that the organization was much better when it comes to publicly condemning Weaver’s actions.
Now consider Horn’s next statement and something starts to smell about the whole thing.
At the very least, there is more to the story than the tweet from the NYT’s Maggie Haberman alludes to. In fact, when contacted by WMUR9, Horn had nothing more to say. Hmmm. . . there are reasonable explanation for why she’s keeping mum, but inquiring minds want answers to the many questions her sudden departure gives rise to.
It didn’t take long for the Lincoln Project to respond to Horn’s statement.
Forty-eight hours ago, at a moment when the Lincoln Project was under attack from the Trump organization and their propaganda allies, Jennifer Horn, in written communication, requested from the Lincoln Project an immediate ‘signing bonus’ payment of $250,000 and a $40,000 per month consulting contract,” Lincoln Project communications director Ryan Wiggins wrote.
Maybe I’m getting even more cynical in my old age, but that sounds a great deal like Horn tried to leverage a difficult situation for her financial benefit. Or, to put it a bit more bluntly, she tried to blackmail the organization she co-founded and it backfired on her.
Wiggins went on to say:
This followed a Christmas Eve communication from Jennifer, where she demanded a board seat on the Lincoln Project, a television show, a podcast hosting assignment, and a staff to manage these endeavors. . . She also stated her goal was ‘to establish immediate and long-term financial security.’ These demands were unanimously rejected by the management committee and board.”
When the board refused to accept her demands, according to Wiggins, she resigned.
It is obvious there is much more to this story than either side is saying right now. If Horn did cut ties with the organization over “how the Lincoln Project’s efforts are managed, and the best way to move the Lincoln Project forward into the future in the wake of these awful events,” she should explain. That’s especially true if she intends, as she says, to continue her fight against Donald Trump and his influence on the American political scene.
would love to know what this means: “It is clear at this point that my views about how the Lincoln Project’s efforts are managed, and the best way to move the Lincoln Project forward into the future in the wake of these awful events, have diverged.’’https://t.co/M2TLObwC2r
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) February 6, 2021
So, Ms. Horn, why did you step down? What are these diverging goals and why should any Conservative follow you or listen to what you say or recommend? Haven’t you walked away from an organization you said would help save the country from the evil Orange Man at a time when the group needed you the most?
That doesn’t mean I trust anything the Lincoln Project says. I was never one of those who bowed at the altar of Trump. However, I’m honest enough to admit he surprised me on a number of occasions and managed to accomplish a things I never anticipated him doing. More importantly than that, no matter how much he rubbed me the wrong way at times, he was still miles ahead of Joe Biden and friends. Trump was not actively working to destroy the country he’d sworn to protect.
Can we say that about Biden or some of those in his administration? Hell’s bells, can we say that about the Lincoln Project when it did everything it could to help defeat Trump in this last election? How can a group call itself “conserative” when it helps elect a president who openly welcomes not just progressives but socialists into his inner circle of advisors and Cabinet?
The Lincoln Project didn’t care about anything but defeating Trump. It didn’t care how a Biden White House would impact the US. Because it was so deep into its own version of Trump Derangement Syndrome, the board and membership didn’t take time to look around and see the predator in its midst or the viper waiting in the wings. Perhaps we should be wondering what else might be hiding in the shadows of this group.
In the meantime, watch the MSM and see how they handle the story. Look at how quickly the story about Weaver basically disappeared. Note the lack of hard questions being asked in the wake of Horn’s resignation. The media doesn’t want to look too closely because doing so will reveal too much about how they functioned during the four years of Trump’s administration. They embraced the Lincoln Project, all but proclaiming it the savior of the Republican Party.
Now the Project is imploding and Donald Trump is sitting back and smiling. I wish I could. But, thanks to the Lincoln Project (among other things) we now have to find a way to survive the next two years until the mid-term election. Hopefully, we can retake at least the Senate at that time. If we’re really lucky, we’ll retake the House as well. But that can only happen if a number of things take place, including the Lincoln Project and other groups like it realizing they are helping no one but the Dems when they split the Conservative vote.