The Lincoln Project is a political action committee founded late last year by current and former Republicans for the express purpose of preventing the re-election of President Donald Trump.
However, it’s been stepping on so many rakes lately that it looks like it’s the Lincoln Project that’ll be experiencing the agony of defeat, along with their candidate, Democrat Joe Biden.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Ben Howe, the Lincoln Project’s video editor who’d created the group’s anti-Trump ads, was let go because of some distasteful tweets he’d posted six years ago describing parts of female anatomy.
"Based on these unacceptable and offensive posts, and those that came to light last week, Ben Howe is no longer affiliated with the Lincoln Project, effective immediately," Keith Edwards, the group’s spokesman, said in a statement.
Within hours of that announcement, the website Twitchy uncovered numerous similar tweets posted by Florida-based Rick Wilson, a former Republican political strategist and one of the group’s founders and a core member.
One tweet in particular, in January, was exceptionally profanity-laced and graphic.
In yet another misstep, after the president’s Independence Day speech, the Lincoln Project was caught retweeting a video that was clearly manipulated to make it appear as though Trump claimed that Operation Desert Storm took place during Vietnam.
On July 3, the Lincoln Project, in a rush to make Trump look foolish, posted a photo of first lady Melania Trump with her hand over her heart, standing next to the president who was shown smartly saluting. Above the photo they wrote, "civilians don’t salute."
Instead they ended up looking the fools when they were hit with numerous depictions of former presidents saluting, along with an observation that the president serves as the commander in chief of all U.S. armed forces.
The Lincoln Project took a huge hit in May when the Center for Responsive Politics caught the group engaging in some rather questionable spending practices.
"The Republican super PAC has amassed a substantial war chest," the report said, "but it has come under scrutiny for funneling money to its advisory board members and spending relatively little airing political ads to influence voters. The group also hides some of its vendors by stealthily paying subcontractors, making it difficult to follow the money. The Lincoln Project reported spending nearly $1.4 million through March. Almost all of that money went to the group’s board members and firms run by them."
The Atlantic reported on the Center for Responsive Politics’ findings and depicted its core members as "swamp creatures."
It described Wilson as "the creator of a campaign ad questioning the patriotism of Democratic Senator Max Cleland, a Vietnam veteran and a triple amputee; [Sen. John] McCain called the ad 'reprehensible,' and most Republicans agreed."
Incidentally, George Conway, reported estranged husband of White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, is another Lincoln Project core member and co-founder.
Wilson and the Lincoln Project doesn’t limit itself to denigrating just the president. It also went after White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany last month.
After McEnany tweeted a "fun fact" that Domino’s Pizza "is wayyyy better than any NYC pizza," Domino’s tweeted back, "That's one heck of a compliment! Thanks for the love!"
Wilson picked up on the back-and-forth and told Domino’s, "You just killed your brand. #ETTD" That hashtag means "Everything Trump touches dies."
Now for the rest of the story: That back-and-forth between Domino’s and McEnany was eight years old, when she was still in law school. Wilson really had to dig for that one.
Also last month, Trump supporter and Republican strategist Caleb Hull discovered a photo that Wilson had posted on Instagram, featuring him on a boat with a cooler painted in the image of the Confederate flag.
He asked Wilson, "Why did you delete this?"
Shortly after that Wilson blocked Hull and Hull found another photo in a different Instagram account, featuring the same Confederate cooler.
He reposted it on Twitter and advised Wilson, "not sure if you realize, but your wife posted this on Instagram. May want to delete that one too!"
Maybe that’s Wilson’s problem — he’s in the wrong party. Former members of the Confederacy generally gravitated to the Democratic Party — not the GOP.
Another misunderstanding may lie with the organization’s founding principles. It claims that its comprised of "dedicated Americans protecting democracy."
As Republicans often have to remind Democrats, the United States isn’t a democracy — it’s a republic.
If it were a democracy, Hillary Clinton would be the one running for re-election, not Donald Trump.
Thank God for republics.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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