In yet another embarrassment for the Lincoln Project, co-founder Jennifer Horn has reportedly announced that she will be resigning from the group over the conduct of John Weaver. In response, the organization excoriated her, disputing her reasons for leaving and claiming that she left after her outrageous demands were not met.
Horn released a statement on Friday via the New York Times that she was leaving the Lincoln Project effective immediately. She cited former Lincoln Project founder John Weaver’s “grotesque” conduct as the reason for her departure. However, the organization listed a number of alternate reasons for her resignation.
“John Weaver’s grotesque and inappropriate behavior, coupled with his longstanding deceptions concerning that behavior, are sickening,” Horn bluntly stated. “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.”
Weaver left the organization in disgrace after 21 young men came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct online. He eventually admitted sending “inappropriate” social media messages to multiple individuals. In turn, the group deemed them as “deplorable and predatory.”
Co-founder Steve Schmidt released a statement on Twitter for the Lincoln Project that took issue with and cast doubt on Horn’s reasons for leaving. His claims include that she demanded to be paid $40,000 a month and wanted a $250,000 signing bonus. He stated that she also wanted a staff, a board seat, a television show, and a podcast. The Lincoln Project refused to comply with her demands. Horn claimed that her intention was “to establish immediate and long-term financial security.”
Podcast. I voted no. Would do so again. I wish Jennifer well. We are in the Democracy fight. Our values diverged. The fight continues. @ProjectLincoln
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) February 6, 2021
The Lincon Project formally replied in a statement to Horn’s demands: “These demands were unanimously rejected by the management committee and board. We immediately accepted Jennifer Horn’s resignation from the Lincoln Project. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
The Lincoln Project parted ways with John Weaver on Jan. 31.
“John Weaver led a secret life that was built on a foundation of deception at every level. He is a predator, a liar, and an abuser,” the Lincoln Project stated when Weaver was exposed. “We extend our deepest sympathies to those who were targeted by his deplorable and predatory behavior. We are disgusted and outraged that someone in a position of power and trust would use it for these means.”
Horn is the former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. She announced in December that she intended to leave the Republican Party because of former President Trump.
Horn stated that she “became a Republican” because she viewed the party’s values as “a voice for equality, freedom and constitutional conservatism, with a rich history of fighting for what was right because it was right.”
“For the past five years, however, I have found myself fighting for what I thought were the principles of my party in the face of the ever-deteriorating character and integrity of party representatives,” Horn wrote in an op-ed for USA Today. “They have revealed their impotence and decrepitude as they have fallen, one by one, at the feet of the most corrupt, destructive and unstable president in the history of our country.”
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