A co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project has apologized after he was caught sending “inappropriate” messages to a number of men.
John Weaver has admitted to sending what the Washington Examiner described as “sexually suggestive messages” after several of his victims spoke up on social media.
“To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” he wrote in a statement to Axios.
“The truth is that I’m gay, and that I have a wife and two kids who I love,” Weaver added. “My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”
Deception and responsibility
Prior to joining the Never-Trump movement and launching the Lincoln Project, Weaver, a Republican, worked as a campaign strategist for former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and, before that, for GOP Sen. John McCain (AZ), the Examiner reported.
While he told Axios that he was “taking full responsibility for the inappropriate messages and conversations,” Weaver also insinuated that his accusers were lying or perhaps driven by partisan motives.
“I want to state clearly that the other smears being leveled at me by Donald Trump’s enablers as a way to get back at the Lincoln Project for our principled stand for democracy are categorically false and outrageous,” he said, as Axios reported.
“I have the most beautiful, loving and courageous family who I deceived all these years,” Weaver confessed. “I don’t deserve you. But I love you with all of my heart and I’m so sorry that you have to suffer for my mistakes.”
A leave of absence
According to Axios, Weaver said he had taken a medical leave of absence from the Lincoln Project last summer and would not be returning to the organization.
Meanwhile, the Lincoln Project has already “quietly” tried to distance itself from Weaver, most notably by taking down a page on its website that listed the group’s founding members, as Mediaite reported Friday.
According to the outlet, the move was made prior to Weaver’s admission and apparently came in response to allegations from several men that were starting to pick up traction among journalists.
After the story finally broke wide open Friday, reporter Yashar Ali tweeted:
The number of gay men I know who have a “John Weaver DM’d me and made me uncomfortable” story is astounding. An overwhelming number of men have been made to feel this way.