By: D. Kennedy
Super PAC anti-Trump Lincoln Project co-founder Jennifer Horn resigned shortly after citing “grotesque and inappropriate behavior” from one of her other co-founders, John Weaver. More than 20 men have come forward accusing Weaver of sending graphically sexual messages, along with offering professional prospects in exchange for sex. Victims were ranging from teenagers to young adults.
“Upon careful consideration, I have terminated my relationship with the Lincoln Project, effective immediately. John Weaver’s grotesque and inappropriate behavior, coupled with his long standing deceptions concerning that behavior, are sickening. It is clear at this point that my views about how the Lincoln Project’s efforts are managed, and the best way to move the Lincoln Project forward into the future in the wake of these awful events, have diverged,” Horn wrote in a statement to the New York Times.
The Lincoln Project fired back at Horn and blamed her after recent demands for an immediate ‘signing bonus’ payment of $250,000 and $40,000 per month in a consulting contract. She requested a board seat on the Lincoln Project, a television show, a podcast hosting assignment, and a staff to help her. She said her goal was to establish ‘immediate and long-term financial security.’
These demands were rejected by the management committee and board. She later resigned from the Lincoln Project. Republican activist Matt Whitlock pointed out in a recent tweet that she would’ve “been fine” with Weaver’s predatory behavior if they would’ve just paid her more.
When the allegations were publicized, Lincoln Project wrote that John Weaver had led a “secret life built on a foundation of deception” and that he was a predator, liar and an abuser at every level. “We extend our deepest sympathies to those who were targeted by his deplorable and predatory behavior. We are disgusted and outraged that someone in a position of power and trust would use it for these means,” they apologized.
Weaver issued a statement that he had viewed the inappropriate messages as “consensual, mutual conversations at the time.” Members of the Lincoln Project knew about his predatory behavior and to think a group as media-hungry as them could keep quiet about it from reporters is unheard. Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson even said the only people who knew about Weaver’s contacts were “gay twitter” and media people in NYC and Washington DC.
The group of accountability will deny all culpability but insist that everyone else knew. That’s just pure manipulation.