AWKWARD: Lincoln Project Co-Founder Tried To Get A Job With Trump’s Campaign In 2016

Written by K. Walker on July 28, 2020

Is the motivation behind the “Republican” Lincoln Project all because of sour grapes?

That could very well be the case now that some insiders are talking about a certain meeting in a certain Manhattan Tower with a certain billionaire and a certain co-founder of the Lincoln Project.

You remember the Lincoln Project, right?

It’s that PAC that is producing some anti-Trump videos and is funded by Democrats and pushed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Steve Schmidt, 49, who co-founded the anti-Trump Lincoln Project wasn’t always opposed to The Donald as POTUS. The New York Post reports that Schmidt, a GOP insider who had worked on John McCain’s failed presidential run had met with Trump in Manhattan in March 2016 looking for a job on the campaign.

Not just a job–the job.

One of the Post‘s sources says that Schmit was gunning for the campaign chief role because Schmidt thought that Trump was “the best candidate he had ever seen.” The source noted that Schmidt and the campaign had exchanged emails for months.

Schmidt had spent the secret Manhattan meeting presenting what he thought an outsider candidate needed to do to win the election.

When the field narrowed, in March to Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz, Schmidt was even loudly critical of the NeverTrump movement that he is now one of the leaders of. He said on Morning Joe in March 2016, “Most of the people talking about the ‘Stop Trump movement’ out of Washington DC and the consultant class couldn’t organize a three-car motorcade.”

Actually, he’s probably right about that.

But it appears that Schmidt’s sucking up to Trump was all for naught.

But things quickly soured when Trump thought Schmidt’s ideas were bad and the Big Apple real estate mogul left the meeting with a feeling that Schmidt was “very untrustworthy” and a “total idiot,” the insider said.

“The president was very turned off by the fact that Schmidt had turned on McCain, his former boss, for the money,” the source alleged, referring to Schmidt’s decision to dish dirt on the 2008 campaign he helped guide to doom in a lengthy interview for scandalous campaign book “Game Change,” which eventually became a movie.

It seems that dishing dirt to the media about a politician that you worked for doesn’t look good on a resumé.

Remember, Schmidt is your moral superior who claims that it’s unethical to be a Republican and vote for Trump.

Fast forward to today and Schmidt and his Lincoln Project pals are some of the most vociferous opponents of Trump — a profitable gig for a group of people whose eyebrow-raising legal woes have sparked questions about motive and were documented by The Post last week.

In a buzzworthy New York Times op-ed last December, the band of conservatives painted themselves as noble crusaders against a “bogus prophet,” and their splashy ads deliberately designed to bait the president have raked in $20 million in fundraising cash.

Perhaps no one in the group has been more critical of the president than Schmidt who has described Trump as a “con man,” “idiot,” “imbecile,” “rancid and wretched fool,” “lethally stupid,” “grotesque,” and a “racist disgrace.”

Source: New York Post

The Lincoln Project is led by luminaries such as Schmidt, George “It’s Very Cold In Kellyanne’s Shadow” Conway, and Rick “The Art of the Grift” Wilson.

Back in May, President Trump tweeted out that he didn’t bring on the Lincoln Project RINOS because they “don’t know how to win.”

Heck of a smackdown, but well-deserved it seems.


ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll