Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden isn’t just consolidating the support of much of the Democratic Party — he’s also attracting support from groups like former officials in the administration of Republican President George W. Bush. This week, a group of individuals who served in Bush’s administration formed a super PAC in support of Biden. Although it’s not immediately clear what the group’s scope of operations will be, the organization is called 43 Alumni For Biden and features Karen Kirksey, a former Treasury Department official, as their treasurer and custodian of records, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission.
BREAKING: The President George W. Bush administration alums have formed a super PAC to support Joe Biden for President.
Donald Trump is going to have a mental breakdown when he hears about this. #TrumpOut2020
— Black Lives Matter (@HKrassenstein) June 2, 2020
The group is not the only group of Republicans that have come out against Trump as the chaos of his administration has dragged on. The perhaps most prominent example is The Lincoln Project, which features individuals like longtime Republican strategist Rick Wilson and conservative lawyer George Conway among its leaders. (Conway’s wife is Kellyanne Conway, a longtime adviser to Trump.) The Lincoln Project has produced an array of hard-hitting ads that have collectively been viewed millions upon millions of times and have attracted the ire of the president.
“Former officials from the George W. Bush administration have formed a super PAC to support former VP Joe Biden's WH campaign.
“The super PAC, dubbed 43 Alumni For Biden, referring to the 43rd president, was formed Monday, according to an FEC filing”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) June 3, 2020
In one ad, called “Mourning in America,” the group outlines some of Trump’s failures amidst the onslaught of the Coronavirus pandemic. Group co-founder Jennifer Horn bitingly observed:
‘The Lincoln Project video highlights the effects of President Trump’s failure as a President and how he’s left the nation weaker, sicker, and teetering on the verge of a new Great Depression. In a time of deep suffering and loss, Donald Trump continues with his failed leadership and his inability to put the country before himself.’
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) May 20, 2020
In the time since the Coronavirus emerged, Trump has failed again — he’s responded to nationwide protests against police brutality by, quite literally, proposing more police brutality. He’s wound himself up into a rage against Americans who have sought to exercise their legal right to protest.
Across the country, people are protesting systemic racism and police brutality — and Trump is calling on governors to silence them with mass arrests, long prison sentences, and surveillance.
This is the response of an autocrat. https://t.co/ikzGG3xLJ9
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 1, 2020