Lincoln Project founder Steve Schmidt resigns as scandal explodes

As the anti-Trump Lincoln Project becomes further enmired in scandal, one of the few remaining co-founders announced that he is resigning on Friday.

Political strategist Steve Schmidt announced his resignation in a lengthy statement posted to Twitter on Friday, in which he also alleges he was molested as a child and traumatized.

“I am resigning my seat on the Lincoln Project board to make room for the appointment of a female board member as the first step to reform and professionalize the Lincoln Project,” Schmidt announced.

Anti-Trump PAC

The Lincoln Project is a super PAC that was formed by a group of disgruntled Republicans in 2019 to oppose President Donald Trump’s re-election bid. Other founders included lawyer George Conway, husband of former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway.

Schmidt, who formerly worked for prominent Republicans like former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, was so dissatisfied with Trump that he switched his party affiliation to Democrat late last year.

On a side note, apparently the McCains weren’t too happy with Schmidt. “I’ve been very hesitant to comment but since my deceased father keeps getting invoked I will say this: John Weaver and Steve Schmidt were so despised by my Dad he made it a point to ban them from his funeral,” Meghan McCain tweeted on Friday. “Since 2008, no McCain would have spit on them if they were on fire.”

Scandal explodes

Prior to the election, the Lincoln Project basked in the favor of the media. But once Democrat Joe Biden was elected, the group has become irrelevant — and is now mired in scandal. Co-founder John Weaver has been accused by multiple men of unwanted sexual communications, as reported by multiple media outlets.

Now new reports are calling into question whether the Project’s leadership knew about Weaver before the news reports came out — and tried to cover it up. And the group’s finances are now also in question — an AP report this week indicated that a huge portion of the money raised by the PAC appears to have been funneled right into the founder’s pockets as “consulting fees.”

Others flee

The Lincoln Project is self-imploding, and people are fleeing. Lincoln Project TV host Nayyera Haq announced her resignation from the PAC on Friday. “LPTV tapped into an audience hungry for a way forward and a discussion of the values and ideals of democracy,” Haq said. “Many of my friends and family followed that work closely. I look forward to being part of the conversation going forward, and trust The Lincoln Project will do the right and compensate those who worked to create the show.”

USA Today’s Tom Nichols, who apparently served as an “unpaid advisor” to the Lincoln Project, also said Friday that he was stepping away until they “sort this out and decide their future direction and organization.”

At this point, however, it’s hard to see how the Project will ever find relevance and credibility again. Conservatives will not miss it.

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