If you’ve ever seen The Lincoln Project’s Steve Schmidt, formerly known for his top role in John McCain’s campaign, you know exactly what kind of person he is. Like most of the figures associated with the rabidly anti-Trump, and seemingly corrupt PAC, Schmidt comes across as a raving lunatic with no moral center at all in his many cable news appearances. MSNBC is especially fond of him.
With The Lincoln Project burning faster than the Hindenburg, Schmidt decided it was finally time to run screaming with his arms flailing. He released this unbelievably tone-deaf statement last night, first reported by RedState’s Jennifer Van Laar. He claimed it to be “his truth,” a common turn of phrase from the woke left when they are not wanting to face reality.
My truth https://t.co/LrJ106Ly2L
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) February 13, 2021
One, maybe don’t write a novel next time? Two, you have to almost admire the shamelessness involved in this. Not only does Schmidt claim ignorance and take skirt responsibly for the condition of an organization he co-founded, he manages to plug his next media appearance at the end.
As Glenn Greenwald shred last night, these are rats escaping a sinking ship.
Glenn Greenwald on Lincoln Project: 'Rats fleeing the sinking ship' pic.twitter.com/EWto3PFk1E
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 13, 2021
Honestly, I’m not sure what’s more pathetic. That Schmidt released that statement with a straight face, or that so many anti-Trump accounts rushed to praise his bravery in the responses. It’s alter-reality stuff.
Meanwhile, following the release of said statement, Schmidt’s claims of ignorance were undermined by another report.
Steve Schmidt says he found out about the allegations against John Weaver in January but doesn’t mention which January.
A former Lincoln Project staffer tells me they were in a bar with Schmidt in Park City in late Oct when Schmidt admitted he was aware of Weaver’s scandals. pic.twitter.com/orv3g37GJM
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 13, 2021
Did Schmidt cleverly not mention which January he found out in order to paint a misleading picture about his knowledge? I don’t know the answer to that. Yashar Ali’s source apparently does so we’ll have to rely on the veracity of their claim. I will say from a purely speculatory standpoint that it seems completely improbable that Weaver’s activities were an open secret for decades but that not a single member of The Lincoln Project, including it’s top leadership who partnered with Weaver, knew about it.
It’s also very rich to now see George Conway pretend to be an outside observer to all this just because he resigned from the group some months ago. Schmidt is especially bad, though, given he reportedly profited over $1,000,000 from the grift.
There needs to be far more of a reckoning here than is currently taking place.