The anti-Trump Lincoln Project has been dealing with an unfolding scandal when it was revealed that co-founder John Weaver solicited sexual favors from young men.
Other members of the group have claimed to have no idea about Weaver’s behavior however, leaked text messages suggest otherwise.
During an interview with the New York Times co-founder Steve Schmidt said that “there was no awareness or insinuations of any type of inappropriate behavior when we became aware of the chatter at the time.”
The leaked communications date back to August 2020 and show that members of the Lincoln Project instead of “looking into the allegations, they swept it under the rug,” one source familiar with the situation told the Washington Blade.
From the Washington Blade who broke the story:
The Blade is not publishing the messages in order to protect the confidentiality of sources. The electronic messages the Blade reviewed were between Madrid and one of the young men Weaver was texting. That source said the exchanges with Weaver were consensual. The Blade has not seen any evidence that Madrid alerted any other Lincoln Project leaders other than then-communications director Edwards to media inquiries into Weaver.
Madrid didn’t respond to a request for comment for this article submitted to his associate at Grassroots Labs LLC, the public relations firm where Madrid works. He also did not respond to a question about whether he signed an NDA with the Lincoln Project.
Edwards has refused to comment about the text messages.
No matter if the text message were consensual or not it proves that members of the Lincoln Project were well aware of Weaver’s behavior and decided to ignore it.
Around the same time the Lincoln Project learned about Weaver’s behavior they were running an ad claiming child trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell was a close friend of Donald Trump’s.
They what Weaver was doing, did nothing about it, and then lied, these people are despicable.