The predator of the Lincoln Project | The American Conservative
United States Senator from Arizona and hopeful Republican President John McCain (L) reviews some documents with campaign advisor John Weaver (R) as he flies from Virginia Beach to Bismarck, North Dakota on February 28, 2000. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP via Getty Images)
Over the summer, John Weaver, co-founder of the Lincoln Republican Project Never-Trump, followed me on Twitter. It seemed strange to me that my report supported the President, but I thought little about it. Within hours, a young man I know on Twitter sent me a direct message asking if Weaver had contacted me privately and told me to be on my guard.
This man, who will remain anonymous, told me that he was in touch with several young men whom Weaver had asked for a job, after which he suggested them as part of the offer for sex. He shared direct messages with me from two young men, one of whom “had been busy for days on a potential job,” and when they met at his hotel, Weaver asked them to engage in sexual intercourse. They did it, it was amicable, but Weaver never took the job offer well. Here is one of those messages that was shared with me:
Another young man, who will remain anonymous, spoke to me and a journalist to whom I passed the story. In his messages with Weaver, this young man said that Weaver approached him with a promise of a job opportunity. He said Weaver would condescently call him “my boy”.
Stories about Weaver in this direction are not new. According to The new republic, Karl Rove claimed Weaver had overtaken young men as early as 2000. At the time, Rove and Weaver were rivals for being the dominant advisor in Texas. Their professional feud allowed all of Rove’s allegations to be dismissed as a smear campaign.
Several other young men came up to me throughout the summer with further allegations against Weaver. A young man, a junior in college, told me Weaver would start messaging him directly on Twitter and said he could offer him an internship in Austin, Texas or Washington, DC. The direct messages were persistent and resulted in them exchanging phone numbers and texting about the student’s professional ambitions.
Weaver called him after midnight during the student’s senior week claiming he was away from his wife on a work trip. According to the student, Weaver had been drinking but continued to ask about his study and career ambitions. Weaver abruptly changed the subject and asked if he played sports and was athletic. The co-founder of the Lincoln Project then asked about his height and weight. At this point the student was feeling uncomfortable and when asked about his physique, said he was “about average”. Weaver replied, “Oh my boy, I’m sure certain parts of you are way above average.”
The student told him he needed to study and abruptly ended the conversation. Weaver would call him multiple times later that night and over the next few weeks, but the student blocked his number and social media.
Over the summer, the story of Weaver’s predatory actions had several setbacks when victims got off, claiming they feared it would hurt their future job prospects. Without someone willing to keep a record, the story was dead. Publications wouldn’t touch it for fear of being sued.
As the story unfolded, Weaver continued his predators. At 9 a.m. on May 26, 2020, Weaver wrote a 21-year-old man who had just made a media hit. Weaver said, “I love your voice [Redacted]. “He replied,” Thank you. I appreciate what the Lincoln Project is doing! “To which Weaver replied,” And I appreciate you, my boy. ” Shortly after this exchange, Weaver blocked him from Twitter. He later practiced for the Lincoln Project.
I opened the door halfway on Saturday evening.
Stuart Stevens of the Lincoln Project tweeted that they are building a database of Trump officials and employees and tracking where they have ended up professionally so they can be “held accountable”.
It made me so angry that I responded by tweeting, “Maybe I should be talking about one of the founding members of the Lincoln Project that offers young men jobs in exchange for sex … his wife is probably interested.”
The tweet sparked a firestorm of responses, including one from a young man named Josh Price, who tweeted, “I’m going to let all the air out of this now because Ryan is clearly excited about what happened to some of these people to attack his opponent . I know who did it because it happened to me. It was John Weaver. “
I never had a chance to speak to Price and verify his testimony, but another report said he was friends with Josh when Weaver sexually molested him.
Price deleted his tweet and quickly set his account to private afterwards. He was attacked by several people who called him a liar for making his claims. Shortly thereafter, another account tweeted, “Weaver followed me when I used my real name here. Out of the blue, he was presented with personal questions and tried to flirt with me. After I didn’t participate, he stopped following me and has never had me since. “
Scott Stedman, an investigative journalist and writer, tweeted his encounter with Weaver. “I followed John Weaver when I opened my Twitter account. We exchanged messages, I sent him my stories, chatted about Russia, etc. He wrote a blurb for my book. He offered me some kind of “joint venture” that I wasn’t interested in, so I didn’t answer his calls. One day he approached me and said he had “advice”. Then he told me how “hot” I looked and commented on my profile picture and my hair. He started calling “my boy”. I found it deeply uncomfortable. Although we continued to do DM every now and then, I felt pretty uncomfortable in the situation. I brushed it off as one likes to do. I am telling this story because I know there are more people out there who can endure this type of care with much more explicit detail. As the Lincoln Project continues to grow financially, I felt compelled to share. “
One day he gave me DM and said he had “advice”. Then he told me how “hot” I looked and commented on my profile picture and my hair. He started calling me “my boy”. I found it deeply uncomfortable.
– Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) January 10, 2021
Of course, what he said pales in comparison to others with whom Weaver communicated and countless others who have seen much worse from those in power.
– Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) January 10, 2021
Stedman provided screenshots of his exchanges with Weaver, and RedState has now reported on these allegations.
Indeed, the Lincoln Project continues to grow financially, raising $ 4.8 million between November 24 and December 16. Another member, Steve Schmidt’s company SES Strategies, received $ 1,500,000 for a month of work.
While they continue to target individuals who have worked for the administration, it’s important to note that one of their founding members used their organization and the promise of a job in politics to hunt down young men. However, the question remains how many other founding members knew about this and were complicit.