It always rubbed me the wrong way that these bitter, angry, impotent Never Trumper tubs of lard called themselves The Lincoln Project. Did they think they were fooling anyone by naming themselves after Abe Lincoln?
Unless Lincoln was a bitter, sniping big girl’s blouse, there has never been a less Lincoln-like collection of losers and freaks ever.
And given what we’ve learned over the last several weeks, the Lincoln Project appropriating President Lincoln is all manner of galling.
Abe Lincoln was not known for sending unsolicited sexually-charged messages to young men and boys while promising jobs in exchange for a little bit of Hello!
And I doubt very much that President Lincoln would work tirelessly to bury the story if one of his people did such repulsive things.
But that’s exactly what happened with the eponymous Lincoln Project.
Founding member John Weaver – formerly a campaign staffer for both John Kasich and John McCain – was sending sexually-explicit messages to young men (including teenage boys). And he’d been doing it for years.
When the story first broke earlier this month, Weaver played the Kevin Spacey card – claiming he was a closeted gay man. Because apparently if you engage in unwanted sexual advances all is forgiven if you come out as gay.
Hey! It worked for Kevin!
But then this weekend, the three-week old story hit the New York Times, and the Lincoln Project coffee klatch could no longer ignore it the way they did when it was only conservative media reporting the news.
So now they’re turning on John Weaver – releasing a statement yesterday claiming Weaver is a “predator” who “led a secret life that was built on a foundation of deception at every level.”
In other words, “Whoa! Guys, we didn’t know anything about this!!!!”
Because if Lincoln was known for one thing it was lying through his teeth when he was backed into a corner. How do you think he got the name Dishonest Abe?
The closing line from their statement made me laugh out loud: “We are grateful beyond words that at no time was John Weaver in the physical presence of any member of the Lincoln Project.”
Yeah, because when I look at these guys, I think “jail bait.”
These guys actually want us to believe that they knew nothing about this until the New York Times story broke this weekend?
The story of John Weaver’s predilection for young men was well known among those who worked with him. So unless the clowns in the Lincoln Project live in a cabin in the middle of nowhere reading only books by candlelight (you know, like Abe Lincoln did) they knew.
And even if, somehow, they didn’t know his past, they sure as hell didn’t just find out about it this weekend from the New York Times.
In early January, independent journalist Ryan James Girdusky broke the news about Weaver’s dirty little secret. After he did, Weaver’s victims started to come forward.
About a week later, Weaver apologized for his “inappropriate” messages to these young men. In fact, three days before Weaver apologized, the Lincoln Project had erased his name from its website.
So the pearl-clutching and “Gosh, we had no IDEA-ing” from his LP colleagues beggars belief.
I get it. I do.
The Lincoln Project wanted to convince everyone that they, unlike Trump, were noble and virtuous while they launched their vitriolic attacks on the President and slandered, smeared and doxed everyone in his orbit.
But maybe it’s time for a little truth in advertising.
After all, they don’t want to be a big, fat liar like Bad Orange Man, do they?
So if they really want to stick with the idea of naming themselves after a President who shares their values, might I suggest a logical name change?
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