The anti-Trump Republican group known as The Lincoln Project has released a video message for the Fourth of July that helps highlight the stunning lack of any kind of competent leadership from the current president. Their new video message simply consists of a narrator delivering Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, which Lincoln originally delivered after Gettysburg had become a major battlefield of the Civil War. The new Lincoln Project video featuring Lincoln’s remarks begs the question — could Donald Trump be counted on to deliver any kind of national leadership-oriented speech at any point? The answer is no. Trump, who seems forever self-obsessed, is not a source for any words like those of the Gettysburg address.
The Lincoln Project captioned their video:
‘”Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” -Abraham Lincoln’
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." -Abraham Lincoln pic.twitter.com/opCs4fpRfx
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 4, 2020
Contrast Lincoln’s words with remarks that Trump delivered during his July 3rd speech in the vicinity of Mt. Rushmore. In the speech, Trump accused his political opponents of perpetuating a “new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance” and insisted that “this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American revolution.” These claims are, simply, not true, but Trump’s remarks sound disturbingly apocalyptic nonetheless, as though he and his allies are setting up excuses for themselves to go to disturbing extremes in their ongoing imaginary culture war. Trump’s nonsense reference to “far-left fascism,” for instance, could — in theory — be used as an excuse for him refusing to accept the results of the November presidential election if a Democrat wins.
Trump offers some remarkably overheated rhetoric: "There is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance … this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American revolution" pic.twitter.com/pZC66T6Mzq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 4, 2020
The Lincoln Project has issued a large number of anti-Trump ads at this point, and they’ve targeted the president on an array of issues. Voters are listening to them and others — presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads in national polls and in polls around the country.
Check out Twitter’s response to The Lincoln Project: