On Thursday, the anti-Trump organization known as the Lincoln Project posted up several screenshots of what looked like private Twitter conversations that involved the group’s sole female cofounder, Jennifer Horn, who resigned last week due to the sex scandal involving John Weaver.
The photos of the messages were posted to the Lincoln Project’s official Twitter account, but were quickly deleted after George Conway, another founder who left the group back in August advised that they be “taken down immediately” because it’s likely that posting them up was in “violation of federal law.”
To say this move was unprofessional, Conway said, is “an understatement.”
The Lincoln Project, which has been on the defensive since mid-January, when cofounder John Weaver was revealed to have engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with numerous young men, was apparently trying to preempt a forthcoming article by Amanda Becker of 19th News.
“Earlier this evening, we became aware that @AmandaBecker of @19thnews was preparing to publish a smear job on the Lincoln Project with the help of @NHJennifer,” the Lincoln Project tweeted. “You hear a lot of talk about hit-jobs in journalism, but rarely do you get to see their origin story. Enjoy.”
What followed were a series of photos of private Twitter messages exchanged between Becker and Horn regarding the Lincoln Project’s shady finances. They appeared to have been taken by someone who had access to Horn’s account and posted without her consent.
Lincoln Project cofounder Rick Wilson also deleted his tweet promoting the screenshots, which included what he must have considered a clever quip: “Abe hears things.”
The people in this group are absolutely deplorable individuals. Not only were they supportive of Joe Biden against Trump and are partially to blame for helping the man take over the White House, but they knowingly harbored a man who was engaging in sexual harassment and grooming behavior concerning minors.
This group needs to disband completely and those who knew about Weaver’s behavior and did nothing should be legally held accountable for what they did.