NeverTrump Republicans like Steve Schmidt and George Conway founded The Lincoln Project with the hopes that their fundraising and advertisements could persuade Republican voters to turn their backs against President Donald Trump. They’ve made a much bigger splash than previous NeverTrump initiatives, producing ads like “Mourning in America” that have attracted millions of views on YouTube, a healthy audience on Fox News, and endless amounts of adoring coverage from the mainstream media.
While few expect that the Lincoln Project will really be successful in turning legions of Trump voters into Biden supporters, there is always the possibility that they’ll have enough impact to make a difference in November.
But even Republicans who support the group’s efforts are questioning their new focus. In addition to working towards Trump’s loss in the election, the group is also going after Republican senators who have “enabled” the president on Capitol Hill.
From the Washington Examiner:
Installing a Democratic majority in the Senate, especially with Joe Biden in the White House, could lead to elimination of the legislative filibuster, facilitating enactment of a litany of long-sought-after liberal priorities. But GOP insiders and former Republicans behind the Lincoln Project, a Never Trump group, say the rewards outweigh the risks, insisting that cleansing “Trumpism” from the party requires an unambiguous message that any affiliation with the president is a losing proposition.
“We’ve always been clear about our mission: Removing Trump, Trumpism and his enablers,” Lincoln Project spokesman Keith Edwards said Monday. “These people have violated every letter of their oaths, every iota of their consciences.”
This approach has not proven popular with all of the president’s GOP enemies.
“I sharply part with Lincoln going after GOP Senators,” Republican strategist Rob Stutzman told the Examiner. “I applaud their opposition to Trump, I think they’re in his head. But they’re not really about trying to create a center-right GOP.”
Hmm. Well, Rob, what did you think was going to happen when you started generating negativity among Republican voters against the president? You can talk all day long about the GOP not being exactly what you want in a center-right party, but do you think four years of Biden is going to meet your needs more efficiently?
This is why opposing Trump is so dangerous if you consider yourself a conservative. Love him or hate him, he’s the guy right now. If you want someone more suited to your sensibilities, find a candidate for 2024. Opposing Trump in 2020, at a time when the Democratic Party has gone completely off the rails? That’s madness.