Fmr. Lincoln Project co-founder hit with restraining order despite leveling harassment claims at others

Republished with permission from American Wire News Service.

Steve Schmidt, the founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project who has leveled accusations of harassment and violence against numerous Republicans, has been slapped with a restraining order during his contentious divorce.

This is the same guy who vowed to “defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box” and “ensure Trumpism failed alongside him.” Schmidt founded the Lincoln Project with Reed Galen, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson while former President Trump was still in office.

His wife, Angela, is seeking a divorce in Utah from her infamous husband. In August, she allegedly filed for a temporary restraining order against Schmidt according to the Daily Caller. That filing was reportedly amended and then granted on October 16. Steve Schmidt is claiming that allegation is not true.

It is unknown why the restraining order was requested. However, according to the Daily Caller, Utah law grants restraining orders during divorce and child custody proceedings only if a judge believes that one party will sustain “irreparable harm unless the court issues an order.” The judge is evidently not required by law to notify the subject that a restraining order has been issued against him or her.

Schmidt has gone out of his way to make serious allegations against a number of media and political figures including those who have passed on. In May, he made a big deal out of not voting for Sen. John McCain (R), whose 2008 presidential campaign Schmidt managed. He called McCain “unfit” for office and his daughter, Meghan McCain, “rotten, entitled, spoiled, cruel, mean and bullying,” according to Politico. McCain passed away from brain cancer in 2018.

More recently, Schmidt attacked Republican Senator-elect J.D. Vance of Ohio. He took the conservative out of context and then falsely claimed he was advising victims of domestic violence “to stick around for the next beating.”

“I really think most normal people don’t think women who are beaten should stay married to the men who beat, shoot, stab, burn and torture them,” Schmidt tweeted. “JD Vance [sic] proves this theory. He wants the beaten women to stick around for the next beating. It’s extreme and sick. It’s disqualifyin[g.]”

Schmidt ran the campaign of Vance’s former political opponent, Democrat Tim Ryan.

In actuality what Vance reportedly did was take issue with no-fault divorce.

Schmidt also went after the late Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes. He tweeted on November 2, “I used to be smuggled into Fox News for secret meetings with Ailes. Same elevator he abused the women out of.”

He accused former U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens of Missouri of domestic violence as well.

Schmidt himself has been on the other end of accusations of harassment. The Coalition For Women In Journalism claimed in March that he had harassed New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Twitter.

“The Coalition For Women In Journalism condemns the incident and demands that Steve Schmidt offers an apology, not just for his unprofessional opinion but also for his latest attempt to bully Maggie Haberman on social media,” the organization said via a statement.

Schmidt is no longer with the disgraceful Lincoln Project. He stepped down from the board in 2021.

His co-founder Weaver also worked on John McCain’s campaign. He resigned from the Lincoln Project after he reportedly sent sexual messages to young men. Some of them were allegedly underage at the time.

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