Lincoln Project Co-Founder Calls for Group Shut Down Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations
George Conway, one of the co-founders of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, on Feb. 16 called for the group to be shut down amid the sexual harassment allegations against another co-founder, John Weaver.
Conway, who resigned in August last year, made the remarks in response to former senior adviser for the project Kurt Bardella.
“Just shut it down already … it’s over,” Bardella wrote on Twitter, in response to a media report that several Lincoln Project founders were aware about the sexual harassment allegations against Weaver as early as March 2020.
“It’s a shame, and we shouldn’t forget the hard work of so many people and the positive things the organization did, but yes, I think this is right,” Conway responded on the social media platform.
It's a shame, and we shouldn't forget the hard work of so many people and the positive things the organization did, but yes, I think this is right. https://t.co/To9dKcrigm— George Conway (@gtconway3d) February 16, 2021
At least 21 men have alleged that they were sexually harassed by Weaver through text messages. Some of the messages implied that if the individuals reciprocated his advances, their careers could be boosted. One individual alleged he was just 14 years old when he began receiving messages from Weaver.
Weaver in a statement in January admitted to sending “inappropriate” messages and apologized “to the men I made uncomfortable.”
The Lincoln Project is a political action committee run by current and former Republicans. The project endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president and worked to prevent the reelection of former President Donald Trump.
During the 2019-20 election cycle, the group raised more than $87 million and spent more than $81 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The Lincoln Project put out aggressive, blunt ads to capture the attention of Democrat strategists, some of whom said the group’s Republicans were battling harder against Trump than some Democrats.
Hours earlier, Conway, husband of former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, called on the group to “come clean,” saying that a probe into the Lincoln Project must be “thorough” and “not a whitewash.”
“THE LYING HAS TO STOP,” Conway said. “It’s clear now that, as early last *MARCH*, the people who were in operational control of the Lincoln Project were told of Weaver’s predations. Enough is enough. LP needs to waive the NDAs and come clean.”
Six former employees of the group are battling to be freed from their non-disclosure agreements so that they will be able to talk openly about the sexual harassment allegations against Weaver.
In a statement last week, the six individuals said that they wish to speak out about “harassment perpetuated by John Weaver that we have experienced or witnessed,” knowledge of “harassment of others by John Weaver,” and any other information “specific to the John Weaver situation that would aid the press, public, and our donors in questions relevant to the public interest, and to the interests of the Lincoln Project’s many loyal fans and small donors.”
“Expecting victims and those close to victims to contact and engage the people and organization accused of protecting the very predator at issue is absurd, unreasonable, and insensitive,” the statement said.
The Lincoln Project didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times.
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