The Lincoln Project Responds to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Against Co-Founder
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The Lincoln Project officially released a statement regarding one of its co-founders John
Weaver. The statement comes after reports of Weaver sending inappropriate messages to minors via Twitter.
Over 20 minors have come forward about receiving provocative messages from Weaver, some even promising a way into politics.
Cole Trickle Miele was only 14-years-old when he received his first message from Weaver in 2015.
“I remember being a 14-year-old kid interested in politics and being semi-starstruck by John Weaver engaging in a conversation with me,” Miele said.
When Miele turned 18 in 2020, Weaver wrote, “I want to come to Vegas and take you to dinner and drinks and spoil you!!”
Another message read, “Hey my boy! resend me your stats! or I can guess! if that is easier or more fun!”
Scott Stedman, an investigative journalist tweeted about his encounters with Weaver.
“I followed John Weaver when I started my Twitter account. We exchanged messages, I sent him my stories…He wrote a blurb for my book…One day, he DM’d me and said he had ‘advice.’
He then proceeded to tell me how “hot” I looked and commented on my profile picture…He started calling “my boy.” I found it deeply uncomfortable. I brushed it off as one tends to do. I’m telling this story because I know there are more people who endured this kind of grooming.”
The Lincoln Project statement said Weaver “is a predator, a liar, and an abuser. We extend our deepest apologies to those who were targeted…We are outraged and disgusted that someone…of power and trust would use it for these means.”
Co-founder of the Lincoln Project Steve Schmidt said there was no awareness or insinuations of any type of inappropriate behavior when they became aware of the messages at the time.
Schmidt later said that they were “outraged and horrified” as more information of Weaver’s behavior was released.
In an apologetic response to the accusations, Weaver said he was so “ so disheartened and sad that I may have brought discomfort to anyone in what I thought at the time were mutually consensual discussions: I truly am sorry.”
“For far too long I’ve tried to live a life that wasn’t completely true…I was lying to myself, to my family…The truth is that I am gay. And I have a wife and two kids whom I love…I have the most…loving and courageous family who I deceived,” he continued.
Weaver also announced that he will not be returning to The Lincoln Project subsequent to his medical leave.
“I hope that by telling this truth at long last my family and I can move forward,” Weaver said.