Lincoln Project Co-Founder Says Group ‘Intends to Do’ All They Can to Advance Biden’s Agenda If Elected
“[Biden] will have a mandate to clean up the mess that Trump has created with the help of his enablers. That shouldn’t be held up. We intend to do all we can to make sure that doesn’t happen,” John Weaver told Plum Line.
From a public relations standpoint, it’s been a bad summer for the Never Tumpers at the Lincoln Project PAC.
Before we get into the latest example, let’s do a quick rundown of other recent ones:
Last month, co-founder Rick Wilson was exposed as a massive hypocrite on the issue of the Confederate flag a couple of weeks after his group ran an error-filled ad. They tried to shame President Trump for the people who allegedly fly Confederate flags at his rallies.
Not long after that, the Club for Growth launched a website devoted to fully exposing the Lincoln Project as “nothing more than a Democratic front group.”
Wilson also unexpectedly got his a** handed to him most embarrassingly thanks to an “interview” he did earlier this month on Stephen Colbert’s animated show “Tooning Out the News,” where they treated the Lincoln Project as the opportunistic grifters they are.
In addition to that, Wilson also participated in a sexist smear campaign against White House senior adviser Hope Hicks last week. A couple of days later, the Lincon Project released an ad targeting President Trump’s daughter Ivanka that was quite possibly the most sexist political ad ever made.
With all of that in mind, we turn to an interview with Greg Sargent from the Washington Post’s “Plum Line” blog did with Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver. Weaver is an alum of numerous failed Republican presidential campaigns, including the 1996 Phil Gramm campaign, the 2000 and 2008 John McCain campaigns, the 2012 Jon Hunstman campaign, and the 2016 John Kasich campaign.
Though happy that the Lincoln Project was doing everything it could to get presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden elected, Sargent, a longtime liberal blogger, had some concerns that their efforts at helping drag Biden over the finish line would stop after the election. He worried that if Biden won, the Lincoln Project would start supporting Republicans because their stated mission to defeat Trump came true.
Not to worry, admitted Weaver. They plan on being Team Biden all the way assuming he wins in November:
I had a long and spirited conversation about all these criticisms with John Weaver, a co-founder and leader of the Lincoln Project. First, a few highlights:
– The group will spend tens of millions of dollars in swing states through Election Day, most focused on turning GOP voters against Trump and on Senate races, Weaver said.
– That includes a major expenditure on communicating with voters about vote-by-mail.
– The group is preparing to vehemently oppose efforts by GOP senators to obstruct and stymie Biden’s agenda, should he win the presidency, Weaver confirmed.
“We’re not gonna do that,” Weaver told me when pushed on [the suggestion they’d run attack ads against a President Biden]. Weaver insisted the group would actively work against Republicans who obstruct a Biden presidency, which would face a deeper crisis than in 2009, when Republicans tried to obstruct Obama in hopes of profiting off continuing economic misery.
“He will have a mandate to clean up the mess that Trump has created with the help of his enablers,” Weaver said of a Biden presidency. “That shouldn’t be held up. We intend to do all we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Weaver’s admissions dovetail with a July report from the Center for Responsive Politics on how liberal Democrat billionaires are pouring money into the Lincoln Project’s coffers.
“If it walks like a Democrat, talks like a Democrat, is run by Democrats, and funded by Democrats, it’s probably a Democrat,” Legal Insurrection’s Kemberlee Kaye noted last week.
I’d say that sums up the Lincoln Project perfectly.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —DONATE
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