The Lincoln Project, a collection of bitter Never Trump Republicans who banded together in 2019 to oppose then-President Donald Trump, has been quickly unraveling in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
One of the group’s original co-founders, Jennifer Horn, just resigned from the outfit this past week, ostensibly over the recently uncovered allegations of sexual misconduct involving fellow co-founder John Weaver. However, the Lincoln Project is accusing Horn of making outrageous financial demands on her way out the door, the Washington Examiner reported.
Weaver, formerly a top adviser to late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), had already been sent packing by the Lincoln Project following his admission to the scandalous revelation that he’d been making unwanted sexual advances to young men for years.
Horn resigns from Lincoln Project
The New York Times reported that Horn, formerly the chair of the New Hampshire GOP, had cited the Weaver scandal as her reason for leaving the anti-Trump organization she had helped establish.
“Upon careful consideration, I have terminated my relationship with the Lincoln Project, effective immediately,” Horn said in a statement provided to The Times. “John Weaver’s grotesque and inappropriate behavior, coupled with his longstanding deceptions concerning that behavior, are sickening.”
“It is clear at this point that my views about how the Lincoln Project’s efforts are managed, and the best way to move the Lincoln Project forward into the future in the wake of these awful events, have diverged,” she continued.
Horn went on to reference the initial purpose of the Lincoln Project — opposing and defeating Trump — and though she noted the “success” achieved by way of him being voted out of office, she insisted that the job overall remained “unfinished.”
“While I end my association with the Lincoln Project today, I remain fully committed to fighting Trumpism going forward, to preserving our democratic Republic and to giving a voice to those who have none,” she concluded.
Accused on her way out
Her resignation from the Lincoln Project was not entirely smooth, however. The organization released a statement following her exit, implying that her departure had less to do with Weaver’s scandalous behavior and more to do with the group’s refusal to acquiesce to a number of financial demands she allegedly made, Newsweek reported.
The Lincoln Project accused Horn of having just days earlier demanded a $250,000 “signing bonus” and $40,000 monthly contract. She was also accused of having made several demands in December, including a seat on the board, a TV show, a podcast, and a staff of her own — all of which was intended “to establish immediate and long-term financial security” for herself.
“These demands were unanimously rejected by the management committee and board,” the group said in the statement. “We immediately accepted Jennifer Horn’s resignation from the Lincoln Project. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Where Horn goes from here — and whether the Lincoln Project itself can remain relevant following the loss of two founding members and the boogeyman that was Trump’s presidency — is anybody’s guess at this point in time.