The Lincoln Project blew into the Washington, DC scene in a tornado of wicked intellect, exceptional knowledge, piercing wit, and fierce patriotism. Everyone should know about this project, because the people behind it believe our very American Democracy is at risk. They are or were Republicans, but not Trumpers, and believe that their party has been abandoned and lost. Their approach is brilliant and oh so funny.
Lincoln Project Co-founder Reed Galen wrote about this ad:
‘In America, ultimately responsibility for our federal government rests with the President of the United States,” said Reed Galen, co-founder of The Lincoln Project. “Regardless of the failure, President Donald J. Trump tells us again and again ‘No, I don’t take responsibility at all.”
‘It’s time again for America to elect a leader as president.’
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 21, 2020
These anti-Trumper Republicans and former Republicans have just released this latest attack ad. Within a few hours, it went viral. They call it “Disheveled” and slapped a Jurassic Parkish logo and them song onto it:
‘Your campaign was so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.’
This 41-second ad started off with Donald Trump headed toward the Marine One helicopter. POTUS was on his way to Tulsa OK to kick-off his 2020 presidential race. We know how that turned out. Fewer than 6,200 zombied supporters stood in the rain waiting, threw down their masks, and trickled in to take a seat — any seat.
Then, the disaster had come and gone. Trump had come to his people and gone back to DC Disheveled. Over 1.2 million people have viewed this video by its first four hours out.
The Lincoln Project co-founders wrote in The New York Times that “the survival of our nation” is at risk:
‘Patriotism and the survival of our nation in the face of the crimes, corruption and corrosive nature of Donald Trump are a higher calling than mere politics. As Americans, we must stem the damage he and his followers are doing to the rule of law, the Constitution and the American character.’
The Lincoln Project “transcends partisanship,” and it is a battle for our country:
‘That’s why we are announcing the Lincoln Project, an effort to highlight our country’s story and values, and its people’s sacrifices and obligations. This effort transcends partisanship and is dedicated to nothing less than preservation of the principles that so many have fought for, on battlefields far from home and within their own communities.’
The co-founders continued in the New York Times:
‘This effort asks all Americans of all places, creeds and ways of life to join in the seminal task of our generation: restoring to this nation leadership and governance that respects the rule of law, recognizes the dignity of all people and defends the Constitution and American values at home and abroad.’
Tulsa was released before Trump’s dismal rally. Co-founder of The Lincoln Project, John Weaver said Tulsa was the “largest superspreader of division and hatred:”
‘Trump is the largest superspreader of division and hatred we’ve seen in generations.
‘Trump’s decision to hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the weekend of Juneteenth and in the location of the worst race massacre in American history tells voters all they need to know about him. In a time of multiple crises, Donald Trump has further divided and incited Americans rather than bring us together,” said Stuart Stevens, senior advisor to The Lincoln Project. “It’s a shame that this president has decided, once again, that stroking his own ego is more important than serving the nation.’
The Lincoln Project’s intent has been, as they wrote in the New York Times:
‘Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. We do not undertake this task lightly, nor from ideological preference. We have been, and remain, broadly conservative (or classically liberal) in our politics and outlooks. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort.
‘…even if that means Democrat control of the Senate and expansion of the Democratic majority in the House…’
The next ad Crowds was about Trump’s lying:
‘President Donald J. Trump has been lying about the size of the crowds that he says have come out to cheer him on. Finally, this week, in cities across America, from coast to coast, and small towns in between, crowds even larger than he ever imagined possible have gathered — not to cheer Trump on — but in solidarity with one message: It’s time for him to go.
‘Donald Trump, the American people are speaking directly to you with a simple message: It’s time to start packing your bags.’
According to the New York Times, the Lincoln Project wrote that Trump was not up to his job with “neither the moral compass nor the temperament:”
‘Mr. Trump fails to meet the bar for this commitment. He has neither the moral compass nor the temperament to serve. His vision is limited to what immediately faces him — the problems and risks he chronically brings upon himself and for which others, from countless contractors and companies to the American people, ultimately bear the heaviest burden.’
They added that “national Republicans…imbued [them] with an ugliness, a meanness, and a willingness to attack:”
‘…Indeed, national Republicans have done far worse than simply march along to Mr. Trump’s beat. Their defense of him is imbued with an ugliness, a meanness and a willingness to attack and slander those who have shed blood for our country, who have dedicated their lives and careers to its defense and its security, and whose job is to preserve the nation’s status as a beacon of hope.’
They continued in the New York Times:
‘Congressional Republicans have embraced and copied Mr. Trump’s cruelty and defended and even adopted his corruption. Mr. Trump and his enablers have abandoned conservatism and longstanding Republican principles and replaced it with Trumpism, an empty faith led by a bogus prophet. In a recent survey, a majority of Republican voters reported that they consider Mr. Trump a better president than Lincoln.’
By cleverly using humor to drive home their points, the co-founders “believe there is no other choice:”
‘…Our peril far outstrips any past differences: It has arrived at our collective doorstep, and we believe there is no other choice. We sincerely hope, but are not optimistic, that some of those Republicans charged with sitting as jurors in a likely Senate impeachment trial will do likewise.’
One of the group’s most powerful ads Rich Mitch showed how the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):
‘Mitch McConnell, made tens of millions of dollars since he was first elected to office. Meanwhile, Kentucky ranks 40th in job opportunity in the nation, 45th in education, and 43rd in health care.’
Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway said:
‘I’m a conservative lawyer of the type that McConnell has prided himself for putting on the bench. But precisely because I’m a conservative lawyer, I believe most fundamentally in the Constitution and the rule of law.’
Conway added that McConnell “fixed the impeachment trial:”
‘When he fixed the impeachment trial by blocking evidence of Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors, McConnell violated and abased the solemn oaths he took as a United States Senator. Add in the fact that, as our ad shows, he’s managed to do much better for himself than for the people of Kentucky, and it becomes a no-brainer: McConnell has to go.’
These powerful leaders in the Lincoln Project described themselves as current or former Republicans:
‘We look to Lincoln as our guide and inspiration. He understood the necessity of not just saving the Union, but also of knitting the nation back together spiritually as well as politically. But those wounds can be bound up only once the threat has been defeated. So, too, will our country have to knit itself back together after the scourge of Trumpism has been overcome.’
In the Leaders Take Responsibility ad, the Lincoln Project explored:
‘[H]ow in the hours before Allied troops prepared to storm the shores of Normandy in France, General Dwight Eisenhower took a moment to put words to paper just in case their mission failed. As Supreme Allied Commander, Eisenhower understood that if D-Day landings failed, the responsibility would be on him. He understood and accepted that fact.’
The general from Kansas treated each soldier with respect and most often had a minute to stop by and visit. Yet, he was tasked with one of the greatest disasters of all:
‘The Normandy invasion led to Germany’s defeat less than a year later. Eisenhower in ‘command, both as commander of Allied forces and President of the United States was marked by courage, responsibility and dedication to America.’
Who are these people behind the spot-on ads? They are:
‘George T. Conway III is an attorney in New York. Steve Schmidt is a Republican political strategist who worked for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. John Weaver is a Republican strategist who worked for President George H.W. Bush, Senator John McCain and Gov. John Kasich. Rick Wilson is a Republican media consultant and author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies” and the forthcoming “Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America From Trump and Democrats From Themselves.”‘
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