The New Yorker magazine asked a typical New Yorker magazine question: “Should progressives trust” The Lincoln Project?
Founded by Republican operatives who detest Donald Trump, the Project is running a swashbuckling campaign to see the president defeated — and humiliated. Brilliant, funny and viciously effective, their mission is to move people who voted for Trump in 2016, or didn’t vote, to Joe Biden’s column.
Democrats don’t know how to win elections, the Project’s principals say. Democrats lack the killer instinct. Not understanding who really votes in this country, they mistake the far left’s hot Twitter feeds for public opinion. (The activists don’t account for a quarter of even the Democratic Party’s voter base.) Tragically, they don’t understand the nature of the Trumpian beast.
“You believed you could shame Trump and Trump voters into listening to the better angels of their nature by talking about diversity, inclusion, and liberal values,” co-founder Rick Wilson wrote in his book “Running Against the Devil.” “In reality, you were giving the Trump campaign fodder for the weaponized grievance machine that put him in office in the first place.”
What made Wilson change sides? “I grew a soul,” he said.
The Lincoln Project organizers and others in the never-Trump movement say they are the real conservatives. They’re appalled at Trump’s populist antics and governance so crazy it threatens national security. Their strategic goal is to give lifelong Republicans a “permission structure” to cross over and vote for Democrats this time.