The Lincoln Project’s founder John Weaver has been all over the news concerning sexual harassment allegations leveled at him… but MSNBC has chosen not to ask any of the co-founders about Weaver in 17 separate interviews over a three-week period. George Conway went so far as to say he did not know Weaver very well even though he founded the group with him, raised millions of dollars with him, and partnered in writing at length against Republicans with the man.
The Lincoln Project is pro-Democrat and has been a leading voice on the left attacking former President Trump at every turn as well as other Republicans. When it was revealed in a New York Times report on Jan.31 that Weaver had sexually approached roughly 21 men and boys on social media, they were forced to publicly disavow him. Except on MSNBC, it would seem.
The group claimed that they were “betrayed and deceived by John Weaver.” But it is hard to understand that after all this time and interaction that they didn’t even suspect something was off about the guy. Conway was understandably mocked for claiming he didn’t know the guy well though the claims were allegedly an open secret in D.C. for over a decade.
The American Conservative’s Ryan Girdusky was the first to break the story of Weaver’s sexual misconduct on Jan. 11. He claimed the co-founders knew about Weaver’s conduct. Right after that story went live, suddenly Weaver went missing from the Lincoln Project’s “Our Team” page. Then Weaver turned to Axios and gave them a statement on Jan. 15. In that explanation, he stated that he “viewed [the messages] as consensual mutual conversations at the time.”
The Lincoln Project did not even bother to respond to the story until Jan. 31 and, even then, they told Axios that Weaver’s “statement speaks for itself.” That sounds an awful lot like some kind of justification.
MSNBC has aggressively avoided the subject of Weaver. According to the Daily Caller, “In the three weeks between Girdusky’s initial report and the Times’ follow-up, George Conway appeared on MSNBC at least two times, Steve Schmidt appeared on MSNBC at least eight times, and Rick Wilson appeared on MSNBC at least seven times.” And none of them were queried on Weaver’s sexual predilections. When “Morning Joe’s” Mika Brzezinski finally asked George Conway about the allegations on Jan. 31, she was almost apologetic for doing so and didn’t bother with any follow-up questions.
The Lincoln Project today released the following statement. pic.twitter.com/k9QkUsiFO5
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 31, 2021
It gets even worse for MSNBC. They were the only network to interview the Lincoln Project co-founders between Jan. 11 and 31, according to Grabien.
The co-founders have hypocritically continued to attack Republicans since the story aired. Another co-founder, Steve Schmidt, who has been paid by MSNBC since 2019, continues to go after Trump and his supporters in the midst of this sleazy scandal. And even though he condemned Weaver, he felt it more pertinent to draw Trump into the mix by tweeting to Donald Trump Jr. that Weaver’s “conduct would get him promoted in your organization.”
No, it wouldn’t, and he’s deflecting from the fact that it was his organization that this alleged predator helped to create.
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