Publisher's note: The author of this post is Mitch Kokai for the John Locke Foundation.
of the Washington Free Beacon documents
disturbing details about a group dubbed the Lincoln Project.
- The Lincoln Project, a super PAC founded by failed Republican operatives whose support for Democratic candidates in 2020 has made them darlings of the #Resistance, is trying to avoid getting canceled by its liberal allies.
- These anti-cancellation efforts involve cutting ties with affiliates who dare to behave too much like the group's founder, adorably indecent Twitter personality Rick Wilson, whose list of political clients includes police advocate Rudy Giuliani, immigration opponent Kris Kobach, and investment banker Evan McMullin.
- The pro-Democrat group cut ties with Sophia Nelson, a woman of color, for calling President Trump a "retarded ass." On Tuesday, video editor Ben Howe was excommunicated for old tweets in which he "deployed female anatomy as an insult." The Lincoln Project immediately ended Howe's affiliation with the group "based on these unacceptable and offensive posts," according to a statement provided to the Washington Post. ...
- The Lincoln Project's decision to sever its relationship with Howe is a curious one given its founder's own history of vulgar tweets. Wilson has routinely "deployed female anatomy" to attack his critics. ...
- ... Wilson also posted photos on Instagram of a cooler featuring the words, "The South Will Rise Again," along with the Confederate flag, which he described last month as "the traitor's flag of the loser confederacy." He has not been fired, obviously. Wilson is perhaps best known for a CNN appearance earlier this year in which he made Don Lemon laugh by mocking Republican voters using a thick Southern accent.
- Howe's ouster from the Lincoln Project runs counter to Wilson's own philosophy on old tweets. ...
- ... If you're struggling to pinpoint a consistent philosophy here, it's because there is none-apart from the fact that founders are simply less likely to be canceled than video editors.