From the day The Lincoln Task launched in late 2019 as a group of prominent Republicans figured out to remove then-President Donald Trump, the extremely PAC placed itself as an ethical authority on the fate of the country.
” As Americans, we must stem the damage he and his fans are doing to the rule of law, the Constitution and the American character,” the job’s co-founders composed in a New York Times op-ed.
So when it recently became public that 21 males implicated co-founder John Weaver of online unwanted sexual advances, and that its leaders presumably knew about a few of those problems as early as last March, The Lincoln Project swiftly lost its credibility
This week The Lincoln Project announced that it employed a law firm to conduct an investigation into the scandal. Whatever happens next, The Lincoln Task’s unexpected implosion might spell the end of popular conservative efforts that can rally both the left and right around a typical cause: defeating Trump and his enablers, and safeguarding American democracy.
The Lincoln Project’s distinct appeal lay in its capability to find fans where they are online, especially on Twitter and facebook, and talk to them in a voice perfectly suited for the age of social media. It often moved perfectly in between inviting fans to sign up with a deserving battle and provoking Trump with timely rejoinders to his unpresidential habits.
By early fall, The Lincoln Job ended up being a viral feeling, releasing (and often stealing) memes at a quick pace, targeting callous social media posts and advertisements at Trump and his Congressional enablers, and pitching Joe Biden to independent and conservative citizens with expressive ads
It’ll be no surprise if conservatives and liberals alike abandon The Lincoln Project, feeling disgusted and betrayed.
The super PAC found surprising success with liberals who relished seeing experienced operatives of Republican campaigns utilize their strategies versus the right instead of the left. By the end of the 2020 election cycle, The Lincoln Project raised a shocking $87 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Now it’s unclear whether the group will make it through the Weaver scandal as well as growing concerns about how it invested donor cash. The Associated Press reported that The Lincoln Task invested only a 3rd of the cash it raised on advertising.
It’ll be no surprise if conservatives and liberals alike desert The Lincoln Task. While doubtful fans might have fretted that the founders were simply looking to get rich, they certainly didn’t freely fear a scandal that included predatory habits.
When co-founder Reed Galen spoke to Mashable last November, he responded to a question about liberals’ suspicion of The Lincoln Task by pointing out the sacrifices its leaders had actually made in betraying their own party.
” If you’re not going to trust us now, after all these things we’ve done, after we’re so plainly willing to burn our boats for what we see is the great of the c