One of the heads of the Republican strategists who make up the ranks of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project is on the verge of having a very bad year after bombshell revelations surfaced that he has a history of sending sexually suggestive messages to almost two dozen young men.
John Weaver, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, has been accused by 21 men of sending sexually explicit messages in which Weaver often promised employment opportunities and career advice, The New York Times reported. One of the men was only 14 when the alleged messages began.
Who is Weaver?
Weaver, a vocal Republican critic of the former president, has worked on various Republican campaigns, serving as one of the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) closest aides, as well as a top adviser to former Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
After The American Conservative broke the story, Weaver admitted the allegations were true, and said that he is gay.
“The truth is that I’m gay. And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place,” Weaver told Axios. In the summer, Weaver took a medical leave of absence from the Lincoln Project, and he told Axios he has no plans to return.
Other leaders and members of The Lincoln Project immediately made clear that they were unaware of Weaver’s behavior, and issued a statement distancing the group from him.
“John Weaver led a secret life that was built on a foundation of deception at every level. He is a predator, a liar, and an abuser. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who were targeted by his deplorable and predatory behavior,” the group tweeted over the weekend.
Is the Lincoln Project lying?
Ryan Girdusky, a conservative writer who broke the initial story about Weaver’s inappropriate behavior, took issue with the leadership of The Lincoln Project claiming they were not aware of Weaver’s inappropriate messages, calling the group’s tweet “an absolute lie.”
Doubling down on his accusations that the Lincoln Project was well aware of the inappropriate behavior one of its co-founding members, Girdusky claimed that not only was the group fully aware of the situation but that some of its members warned Weaver while Girdusky was writing the story.
This statement by the @ProjectLincoln is an absolute lie.
Members did know. Young men approached them about the accusations. Members knew I was writing the story and warned John Weaver pic.twitter.com/BZms5iLgpL
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) January 31, 2021
Weaver has apologized for his actions, which he claims he thought were consensual at the time.
“To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry,” Weaver said, according to the Washington Examiner. “They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you.”