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President Joe Biden allegedly thanked Steve Schmidt, the co-founder of the widely disrespected Lincoln Project which ran a vicious series of anti-Trump ads during the 2020 presidential election, for helping get him elected, according to a new report. Whether the group ever impacted the election is highly disputed.
Seen as grifters by many, the Lincoln Project is a fundraising powerhouse that was founded by so-called Republicans who stood against and hated former President Trump. The organization has been riddled with sex and money scandals with controversies including sexual misconduct allegations against one of its co-founders, John Weaver, misspending of funds, and a tiki torch stunt that the group took responsibility for in the Virginia governor’s race this year.
Politico is reporting that, according to a source, Biden called Schmidt to express his unfailing gratitude for the group’s assistance in getting him elected. It is unknown if he mentioned their dubious tactics in doing so.
Evidently, the White House is refusing to comment on the issue which indicates to some that it may, in fact, be factual.
Politico revealed the detail Sunday in a piece discussing how the anti-Trump organization is pretty much universally hated by many, many Americans. However, they are trying to bolster their anti-Trump creds by calling for the destruction of the Republican Party in 2022.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) November 29, 2021
“But a year after delighting liberals with their insistence on bringing guns to a gunfight, operatives across the spectrum now say the group is, at best, ineffective and prodigal, at worst, counterproductive. In particular, fellow never-Trumpers and moderate Republicans have recoiled at Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson’s recent encouragement of a Trump presidential run in 2024,” Politico wrote.
“Four years ago the American people made a profound mistake in electing Donald Trump,” the group said in a statement immediately after Biden was elected. “Last night, America corrected that mistake and voted in record numbers for Joe Biden, a man of empathy, compassion, and integrity, and Kamala Harris, a woman unafraid to challenge inequality and fight to give a voice to the voiceless.”
While hardcore leftists still embrace the group for savaging Trump, others fear that they are now clearing the way for a second Trump presidency.
“It’s not that I want [Trump] to be here, I’d love for him to be eaten by a shark tomorrow,” Wilson commented. “I want Trump to run to destroy the people who are more sophisticated than Trump. I want to use Trump’s psychological problems to weaken him because I think the most dangerous thing we face is Trump with an Ivy League degree. All the abrasive authoritarianism and nationalism and none of the obvious deficits.”
The Lincoln Project needs Trump the way TV cable news needed Trump in 2015-2016. It's all about $$$
Lincoln Project NEEDS Trump to run in 2024 or they've no way to grift for $ and build that "generational wealth". If Trump goes down so does @ProjectLincoln. Trump is their oxygen https://t.co/JsHg3tGe27
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) November 28, 2021
“I think this is the mother of bad ideas,” declared Trump critic Charlie Sykes. “But also the father, brother, sister, and cousin of a truly bad idea. [It] ignores the fact that Trump could actually be elected again, and you would’ve thought we had all learned our lesson from playing games with that possibility the last time.”
Sarah Longwell, a Republican strategist and a Trump critic who started Defending Democracy Together, also thinks the idea stinks and reveals how deeply the left fears Trump in 2024.
“It would be a high-impact event on our democracy if Trump were reelected and you want to do everything you can to keep him from getting one step closer,” Longwell told Politico. “The best way to ensure Trump doesn’t win the election 2024 is to make sure he doesn’t become the nominee.”
Currently, the group’s website lists co-founders Rick Wilson and Reed Galen, Tara Setmayer, Stuart Stevens, and Steve Schmidt as part of the project.
Schmidt resigned from the board of the Lincoln Project after the sexual misconduct charges against Weaver surfaced but is still an integral member of the group.
He ripped the organization recently for being “recklessly stupid” and “dishonest” for the tiki torch stunt involving actors posing as Charlottesville white nationalist protesters at a campaign stop made by incoming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, according to Politico.
The vile attacks against Republicans by the Lincoln Project have not secured them a place in the left’s heart either.
“When it first started, I was like, ‘This is so great. I love it,’” commented Tim Lim, who is a veteran Democratic digital strategist. Now, Lim noted to Politico, “Most of the left is not sure why they’re still around. That’s the prognosis in story after story, and it’s been brutal for them.”
A spokesperson for Trump said in a statement that the Lincoln Project was a “sad group.” “Democrats are abandoning the group not just because they’ve been terribly ineffective, but because they are worried that the last shoe has not dropped. Yikes!”
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