John Weaver of the anti-Trump (and anti-Republican) Lincoln Project group is facing accusations of sexual harassment from a number of young men. The scandal was made public weeks ago by writer Ryan Girdusky, and covered by the New York Times last week, prompting the Project to finally address the allegations.
Weaver, who worked extensively with both Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Gov. John Kasich (R), has been accused by 21 men of offering them career advice and help in return for sexual favors. One of the young men said Weaver’s comments began when he was 14.
What sort of pitch did Weaver make? Per Breitbart:
According to the Times, Weaver told one young man that he would “spoil you when we see each other” and “help you other times. Give advice, counsel, help with bills. You help me … sensually.”
The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican group, insists it was unaware of the allegations until it started circulating in the news.
“There was no awareness or insinuations of any type of inappropriate behavior when we became aware of the chatter at the time,” co-founder Steve Schmidt told the Times.
Were Schmidt and the rest of the group really unaware of it? That’s a hard sell for them, because they must have been very familiar with Weaver (whom they co-founded the Project with) and this kind of allegation about him has been floating around since at least 2004.
The NYT finally made public the horrible situation with Weaver — apparently known by the media as far back as 2004. A sign that the Lincoln Project is no longer of as much political use to the left as it was last year. https://t.co/6skVrnG0IS
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) February 1, 2021
It’s worth noting that the Lincoln Project is mostly funded by liberals and that although it’s ostensibly a “Never Trump” project, in practice it’s just an anti-Republican group.
After all, if Trump is out of office, then why does it still exist? For the same reason it existed in the first place. Because there’s still money and TV time to be had for ex-Republicans willing to pretend to still be Republicans and say what liberals want them to say.
John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know.
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