The Lincoln Project Moves From Doxxing To Trolling With Recent Commercial

I have previously criticized the Lincoln Project which has not only sought to dox Trump attorneys but fund a campaign of harassment targeting Republican lawyers, their firms, and their clients. The project was not only founded in part by lawyer George Conway but is funded by hundreds of lawyers who have remained silent as the Project engaged in such abusive conduct. Now, the Project has been reduced to open trolling with a commercial that literally has no value or purpose other than mocking President Trump. It is now an open trolling operations funded by lawyers around the country.  To do so in the name of Abraham Lincoln is a particular disgrace.

In the latest commercial playing on various networks, the commercial celebrates how “The end is coming, Donald. Even Mike Pence knows. He’s backing away from your train wreck, from your desperate lies and clown lawyers. When Mike Pence is running away from you, you know it’s over: trying to save his reputation, protect his future.”  The campaign relishes in telling Trump directly that one January 6th, Vice President Mike Pence will “will put the nail in your political coffin.”

That is not some posting on its website but a commercial running in prime spots on the networks. It is little more than a taunting and trolling effort.  When did commercials on national television become simple gratuitous insults? This is a new phenomenon in the media to run commercials with no other purpose than casting insults or taunts. Many of us have criticized President Trump for his taunts and mocking of opponents, but those are public comments and tweets. This is not connected to an upcoming election. Indeed, it is discussing how the election is over.  It is a paid commercial on national television meant to insult a sitting president simply for the joy of voicing such insults.

What is most striking is how little controversy there is over such a gratuitous commercial. There is no coverage on whether this is now the “new normal” in our politics. This is beyond the loss of civility. It is using commercial in prime time for the sole purpose of heaping insults on an individual.

The Lincoln Project seems to have ample funds for such advertisements, which is why some one the left have insisted that Lincoln Project figures be put on the top of blacklists going forward.  The allegation is that the Lincoln Project is raking in millions and trying to cash in on the anti-Trump movement. Sanders surrogate Nomiki Konst and others cited the former Republicans in the Lincoln Project as the “perfect examples” of people who need to be cancelled.

I have written against such blacklisting of the Lincoln Project as I have written against the conduct of the Lincoln Project in doxxing and harassing lawyers.  Yet, this most recent commercial shows how gratuitous and juvenile the campaign has become. It is now reduced to running commercials insulting and taunting the President. What legal or policy value does such an attack have? It is cathartic and childish. It is the last type of thing that Lincoln would want to be associated with. It was Lincoln who stated “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”


114 thoughts on “The Lincoln Project Moves From Doxxing To Trolling With Recent Commercial”

    1. I agree, they should all have to have their names published. They should be ashamed. Nothing more than hate. It never should be allowed on…..their whole group are ugly people with no values.

      1. “…..their whole group are ugly people with no values.”

        There’s more than enough hate to go around these days. It might be a good idea to look within.

  1. Abraham Lincoln himself would hang all the members of the Lincoln Project. For these pathetic jealous back-stabbers to dare use Lincoln’s name for their UNDERMINING and American President is the height of scumbagery.

  2. I have great respect for you, Professor. But I have no problem with the Lincoln Project mocking this president on his way out the door. This president knows that one who lives by the sword must die by the sword. I think it only fair that he be subjected to the same kind of childish mocking that he subjected so many to over the last 5 years. He deserves it.
    Lawyer + Donor to the Lincoln Project

    1. Mr Fred Johnson I heard this argument that you make as an excuse of Antifa in Portland OR to vandalize, loot, harass innocent bystanders over and over again…they did it because ‘they hated the President”. Would a person of character behave like that regardless of the target? I personally don’t think so and I kept arguing with my liberal friend living there that there is no excuse that would justify a ‘devilish, hateful’ behavior regardless of the political color…even though they say Biden won fair and square, Antifa took their actions to another level of terrorism. So, their behavior was not triggered by the hate for Trump but by their own innate or developed character, personality, ideology, etc. I used to hate the President but looking at the new Comrade President Biden I feel sorry for many who don’t have a clue what is in store for them! China tampering and blatantly taking credit for ‘helping’ (via Dominion ownership) Biden to be President should be troubling for Democrats (moderate) as well as for Republicans, for patriots (I know is not trendy and fashionable…but yes, patriots!). The Constitution and what USA was standing for (freedom, liberties) has been trashed by Biden and the Communist Party of China. Let’s talk in 3years if we will still have the freedom to express our thoughts (we have been censored more and more)…or even better…do a self reflection and see where it all went wrong by that time you will not be able to even say ‘once upon a time…’USA was a great country build on freedom and free enterprise that ensure innovation that is the foundation for raising the standard of living…’ your story will be ‘shut-down’ and you will not even have the courage to tell your kids or grand kids to protect them…

  3. It’s pretty obvious many of the ‘new’ posters are fresh from their indoctrination at whatever college they overpaid for. The day I am forced to pay tax dollars for this is the day I cease paying tax dollars. I am not alone. Good luck with that, kids.

  4. Thanks for exposing the true nature of the sick, sociopaths who run the Lincoln 🤮 Project.

    George Conway is a sick sadist in addition to being a sick sociopath for his public hatred for his own wife.

    Consider whom they are wantonly attacking with their hissing, seething, violent hatred – the president who got 10 million more votes for re—election than election. They HATE the President whose free market policies led to full-employment with rising wages, especially for minorities, peace around the world, especially in the middle-east where four Arab countries have now normalized relations with Israel. John Kerry once told us this could never happen without Israel agreeing to be wiped off the map by the Palestinians.

    1. Joke, it’s not clear what type of reality you live in but abundant evidence proves that JFK was criminally removed from office by the American Communist Deep Deep State on November 22, 1963.

      In the same fashion, abundant evidence proves that DJT was criminally removed from office by the American Communist Deep Deep State.

      CIA foreign regime removal and assassination tactics were brought home to deploy against Kennedy.

      CIA foreign regime removal and election tampering tactics were brought home to deploy against Trump.

      JFK was assassinated by gunfire from multiple locations.

      DJT was caused to appear to have garnered insufficient votes through illegal mail-in ballots, vote count tampering and election computer hacking.

      The American Founders grew weary of taxation

      without representation.

      Americans may now be weary of “fake” news, and “fake” law enforcement, “fake” legislation, “fake” ineligible, “fake” Chinese WMD, “fake” social restrictions and incompetent candidates and “fake” elections

      without representation.

      America is now lawless and beyond the pale.

      Critical mass will occur upon the arrival of resolute leadership.

      1. George Conway doesn’t command respect from anyone. Not from his wife who he’s always been jealous of and
        openly sabotages in public nor from their tik tok air for brains teen daughter who he wasn’t able to raise properly,
        who disrespects him and her mom on internet day in day out while they both look elsewhere to find meaning to their lives.
        Lincoln Project has always been and remains irrelevant.

  5. Turley when Trumpsters talk: free speech, free speech, free speech; there are no actual norms anyone must follow.

    Turley when anti-Trumpsters talk – how gratuitous and uncivil! Stop talking! he best!

  6. As bitterly divided as the history of sin has made us, in the United States and at the United Nations, both during and before this COVID crisis, we fear Hell as one, we desire Heaven as one, we pray for mercy as one, and we heal what is broken as one human family on this sacred planet Earth.

    President Trump tweets: “Vaccines are shipped and on their way, FIVE YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. Get well USA. Get well WORLD. We love you all!”

    Thank you, Team USA.

    Pope Francis tweets: “The current pandemic and climate change affect above all the lives of the poor. We must promote a culture that places at its center human dignity and the common good. For this reason the Holy See joins in the objective of net zero emission.”

    Thank you, Holy See.

    1. How would the Pope and his friends decide which billions must die so that a carbon net neutral economy can be reached?

      because otherwise you would have to send the entire western world’s consumption back 90% tp get that done. which, of course, would lead to starvation in the west.,

      So does Il Papa want to choose? Will Il Papa forego jet flights to the four corners of the globe?

      At least Sir Ian Hutchinson had the guts to say people need to die. Can the Pope muster that courage?

      Saloth Sar

  7. Professor Turley:

    The doxing and trolling you refer to are obviously part and parcel of the polarization, trivialization, and infantiization of our political process that began with Reagan and now threatens to bring down the nation in a flurry of hysterical hyperbole and blame of others with no attempt to see and correct the same problems in themselves, the accusers, as both sides of the aisle and their pundits mutually bring down each other and the nation.

    In a related issue, a pro se plaintiff out of California (myself actually) has sought to end this polarized and adolescent circus and has brought a law suit against three cable news networks, the RNC and DNC, and President Trump alleging their ability to make sound arguments, behave civilly, and effectively evaluate evidence concerning protected classes indicates that their behaviors toward indigents and opposing parties violates 6 constitutional amendments and multiple civil rights statues as they all “know better.” Further, he argues that they are also violating statutes preventing seated authorities from acting under the color of law, and finally that their planning meetings, recruiting and hiring strategies, and memberships in professional societies where such strategies are shared through overt collusion or hypothetical sparring constitute RICO violations and liability to triple damages.

    It is my considered opinion that the only obstacle to the success of this law suit is the defendant’s lack of experience as a lawyer as he stands on sound legal ground in all his claims. Could you please elucidate, particularly as concerns the obstacles an untrained pro se defendant might meet in this situation?

    Thank you for your kind consideration of a possible response to this comment.

    Quite Sincerely,

    Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D.

  8. Jonathan: “Childish”, “insulting”, “doxxing”, “harassing”, “abusive conduct”. These are just a few of the adjectives you use to describe the Lincoln Project’s latest commercial mocking Trump and VP Pence for their refusal to either acknowledge or concede that Joe Biden won the election. Trump has be legion in his mockery and personal attacks on his political opponents over the past 4 years–something you have rarely criticized or used similar words you use to describe the Lincoln Project ad. Since the election Pence has had few public appearances and has yet to take reporter’s questions. He’s trying to keep a low profile–probably because he has ambitions to run for president in 2024 and doesn’t want to be labeled a “seditionist” for supporting Trump and his Republican allies in their efforts to overturn, legally or extra-legally, the election. But Pence can’t walk away from his dismal record as Vice President. For 4 years Pence lied for Trump and supported his unconstitutional grabs for power.

    Now you would think Pence, as head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, would want to leave a legacy of leading the effort in the fight against Covid-19. I mean Trump has been MIA when when it comes addressing the pandemic. So Pence could step in and fill the void. But no. Pence has been absent at public coronavirus briefings. He and Trump don’t really care about the Americans suffering and dying from Covid. This, and for other reasons, Pence should be mocked and disgraced–and denied the right to ever hold public office again. This is what prompted the Lincoln Project ad. Hooray for them and shame on you for criticizing them.

    1. Spot on! After 5 years of Trump’s daily abuse-by-tweet, obnoxious behavior and 24/7 attacks with no criticism from you or his GOP trumpsters, we are thankful for the courage of the Lincoln Project, Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson to go after frivolous lawsuits threatening our democracy. Trump’s attempted coup is seditious.

        1. Trump believes that he won. There’s a world of difference, though, between winning and the delusion that one actually won.

    2. Mr Dennis, can I ask you what Biden did for the Americans during Pandemic? Or after he was declared President elect? Ah…he sheltered China as the epicenter of the virus and kept his mouth shut…Now we all know why since China used Dominion ownership to give votes to Biden. You say Trump did nothing? Yes, he didn’t because the opponents vowed to disregard any contribution or achievement he made to the point that USA became the laughing stock of the the World after the Genius Biden developed a Covid Vaccine (there is even ads thanking President Biden for it) in 24 hours after he was named President Elect. Even more… the entire media went on to discredit the Hydroxychloroquine only to have the American Medical Association issue a statement these days that the drug is effective in treating the Covid in early stages. How many people lost their lives because of the left played politics with medicine and lives? In Oregon for all the requests the governor did to President she received everything she asked for…it was painful for her to admit considering she is a liberal-Antifa governor but at least she had decency to say she was given everything she asked for…the minute she declared state of emergency (when there were 3 cases confirmed)…but than of course, the hateful minds cannot accept anything positive that was done. I see a more gloomy state of affairs with Biden and the ideas coming forth by his transitioning team…I don’t know how many dear ones you lost but I did lost 2 in Europe and few here…the ones that got the Hydroxychloroquine (even though had 6 by passes a year ago and 70 years old…recovered without need of ventilator and the others that took the doctors’ political activism died. None that took Hydroxychloroquine died from our acquaintances regardless of the age and heart and diabetes issues)

  9. Did you say Lincoln?

    Did you say Lincoln truth?

    Lincoln’s Support for Resettlement

    Lincoln’s ideological mentor was Henry Clay, the eminent American scholar, diplomat, and statesman. Because of his skill in the US Senate and House of Representatives, Clay won national acclaim as the “Great Compromiser” and the “Great Pacificator.” A slave owner who had humane regard for Blacks, he was prominent in the campaign to resettle free Blacks outside of the United States, and served as president of the American Colonization Society. Lincoln joined Clay’s embryonic Whig party during the 1830s. In an address given in 1858, Lincoln described Clay as “my beau ideal of a statesman, the man for whom I fought all of my humble life.”14

    The depth of Lincoln’s devotion to Clay and his ideals was expressed in a moving eulogy delivered in July 1852 in Springfield, Illinois. After praising Clay’s lifelong devotion to the cause of Black resettlement, Lincoln quoted approvingly from a speech given by Clay in 1827: “There is a moral fitness in the idea of returning to Africa her children,” adding that if Africa offered no refuge, Blacks could be sent to another tropical land. Lincoln concluded:15

    If as the friends of colonization hope, the present and coming generations of our countrymen shall by any means succeed in freeing our land from the dangerous presence of slavery, and, at the same time, in restoring a captive people to their long-lost fatherland, with bright prospects for the future, and this too, so gradually, that neither races nor individuals shall have suffered by the change, it will indeed be a glorious consummation.

    In January 1855, Lincoln addressed a meeting of the Illinois branch of the Colonization Society. The surviving outline of his speech suggests that it consisted largely of a well-informed and sympathetic account of the history of the resettlement campaign.16

    In supporting “colonization” of the Blacks, a plan that might be regarded as a “final solution” to the nation’s race question, Lincoln was upholding the views of some of America’s most respected figures.

    Earlier Resettlement Plans

    The view that America’s apparently intractable racial problem should be solved by removing Blacks from this country and resettling them elsewhere — “colonization” or “repatriation” — was not a new one. As early as 1714 a New Jersey man proposed sending Blacks to Africa. In 1777 a Virginia legislature committee, headed by future President Thomas Jefferson (himself a major slave owner), proposed a plan of gradual emancipation and resettlement of the state’s slaves. In 1815, an enterprising free Black from Massachusetts named Paul Cuffe transported, at his own expense, 38 free blacks to West Africa. His undertaking showed that at least some free Blacks were eager to resettle in a country of their own, and suggested what might be possible with public and even government support.7

    In December 1816, a group of distinguished Americans met in Washington, DC, to establish an organization to promote the cause of Black resettlement. The “American Colonization Society” soon won backing from some of the young nation’s most prominent citizens. Henry Clay, Francis Scott Key, John Randolph, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Bushrod Washington, Charles Carroll, Millard Fillmore, John Marshall, Roger B. Taney, Andrew Jackson, Daniel Webster, Stephen A. Douglas, and Abraham Lincoln were members. Clay presided at the group’s first meeting.8

    Measures to resettle Blacks in Africa were soon undertaken. Society member Charles Fenton Mercer played an important role in getting Congress to pass the Anti-Slave Trading Act of March 1819, which appropriated $100,000 to transport Blacks to Africa. In enforcing the Act, Mercer suggested to President James Monroe that if Blacks were simply returned to the coast of Africa and released, they would probably be re-enslaved, and possibly some returned to the United States. Accordingly, and in cooperation with the Society, Monroe sent agents to acquire territory on Africa’s West coast — a step that led to the founding of the country now known as Liberia. Its capital city was named Monrovia in honor of the American President.9

    With crucial Society backing, Black settlers began arriving from the United States in 1822. While only free Blacks were at first brought over, after 1827, slaves were freed expressly for the purpose of transporting them to Liberia. In 1847, Black settlers declared Liberia an independent republic, with an American-style flag and constitution.10

    By 1832 the legislatures of more than a dozen states (at that time there were only 24), had given official approval to the Society, including at least three slave-holding states.11 Indiana’s legislature, for example, passed the following joint resolution on January 16, 1850:12

    Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be, and they are hereby requested, in the name of the State of Indiana, to call for a change of national policy on the subject of the African Slave Trade, and that they require a settlement of the coast of Africa with colored men from the United States, and procure such changes in our relations with England as will permit us to transport colored men from this country to Africa, with whom to effect said settlement.

    In January 1858, Missouri Congressman Francis P. Blair, Jr., introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to set up a committee

    to inquire into the expediency of providing for the acquisition of territory either in the Central or South American states, to be colonized with colored persons from the United States who are now free, or who may hereafter become free, and who may be willing to settle in such territory as a dependency of the United States, with ample guarantees of their personal and political rights.

    Blair, quoting Thomas Jefferson, stated that Blacks could never be accepted as the equals of Whites, and, consequently, urged support for a dual policy of emancipation and deportation, similar to Spain’s expulsion of the Moors. Blair went on to argue that the territory acquired for the purpose would also serve as a bulwark against any further encroachment by England in the Central and South American regions.13

    – Robert Morgan

  10. Liberals aka demofascists have shown themselves to be the most selfish vitriolic subhumans on planet earth. Who cares what they babble on about.

  11. Sam Trump. Came home.
    To his wife and family!
    After serving in the conflict in DC!

    And Trumpster took to stealing.
    When he got that empty feeling.
    A hundred dollar habit.
    Without overtime!

  12. There was a guy at church today who said he believed Trump won the majority of votes.
    I asked him why he believed that. He said: “I believe.”. He then crossed himself and looked up at the cross.

  13. Professor T, do you favor the sua sponte imposition of $1 million+, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 sanctions against the lawyers and parties who assaulted our democracy with patently frivolous, election-challenge lawsuits?

    As you know, Federal Judges have this power, and can even take evidence (in crafting 7-figure sanctions) that Trump furthered these actions to milk $208,000,000 from his Base. An ulterior purpose like that bespeaks the abusive conduct that Rule 11 was designed to deter. Taking a serious chunk of that $208,000,000 would easily fall within the Rule’s reach.

    There’s more. Each hearing could be used to hale into court anyone who falsely swore in the lawsuits’ supporting affidavits, then both financially sanction and criminally refer them (for perjury and suborning-perjury prosecutions).

    We could call them the “Make Lying Wrong Again” hearings.

    Double-barreled sanctions (i.e., against both the party and his counsel) would deter future political-stunt lawsuits, compensate the public for wasting judicial resources, and remind lawyers of their ethical duty to rent their intellects only for meritorious – not bad faith – litigation.

    I can’t think of a better way to restore The Rule of Law than for the presiding judges to validate Rule 11 in this manner, can you?

    It’s not too late to publicly urge the federal courts involved — there’s no strict time limit on sua sponte Rule 11 sanctions.

    I’d be happy to help you author a column on this.

    1. FRCP 11 sanctions are not going to happen in the vast majority, if any, of the election 2020 suits. To impose Rule 11 sanctions a judge would have to hold an evidentiary hearing and the powers that be, including most judges, don’t want any hearings on the evidence. Hearings would upset the apple cart because there is evidence of, quite likely, significant irregularities that must never be taken seriously or revealed. It’s doubtful that there were enough irregularities to change the outcome of the election but you can never know without examining the evidence and that’s simply not going to happen in either the mainstream media or the courts. The mantras of “no evidence” and “baseless allegations” point strongly to the conclusion that there is substantial evidence but millions of American are so predisposed and conditioned to reject that possibility that they become outraged at the mere suggestion.

  14. George Conway has sabotaged his marriage even after his wife removed herself from the Trump admnistration to work on her family. Of course their daughter is a train wreck also seeking attention as much as possible to anyone who will give it. Like father, like daughter.

  15. Turley, our own MIss Manners for Democrats, is so concerned about the political dialogue in the country, but is apparently tone deaf when it comes to hearing Fox News or Donald Trump.

    No fear, The Loser will be gone in a month, the new President will be boring, and Turley will be Hannity’s sock puppet on newly discovered outrages against white males.

    Can’t wait.

      1. He’s going to Mar A Lago where it’s two to one. “Surf city, here I come.”
        His wife says he don’t come.

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