Lincoln Project cofounder John Weaver is no longer affiliated with the Democratic Super PAC after admitting—in the classic tradition of the Friday evening news dump—to having “inappropriate” sexual conversations with young men.
“The truth is that I’m gay,” Weaver told former Washington Free Beacon journalist Lachlan Markay in a prewritten statement. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”
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Weaver reportedly took a medical leave of absence from the Lincoln Project over the summer, and will not be returning to the controversial Super PAC.
Over the past few days, dozens of young men have come forward with accusations that Weaver engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct, including text messages and phone conversations, as well as “grooming” them by promising lucrative career opportunities in exchange for sex. The allegations were brought to light through the reporting of journalists Ryan Girdusky and Scott Stedman.
Weaver admitted to making the young men “uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations,” which included at least one instance in which Weaver allegedly emailed an unsolicited photo of his penis. However, he appeared to suggest the men accusing him of grooming them, or offering favors in exchange for sex, are lying, perhaps for nefarious reasons.
“While I am taking full responsibility for the inappropriate messages and conversations,” Weaver wrote in the statement, “I want to state clearly that the other smears being leveled at me … are categorically false and outrageous.” The emergence of the allegations, Weaver suggested, was facilitated by political critics of the Lincoln Project.
Prior to cofounding the Lincoln Project in 2019, Weaver was a Republican consultant whose clients included failed presidential candidates John McCain and John Kasich.
“John’s statement speaks for itself,” a Lincoln Project spokesman told Axios in the Super PAC’s first public acknowledgment of the allegations. It is precisely the sort of curt, deflective statement the Lincoln Project bros would attack Republican politicians for making in regard to Trump. Perhaps one day Weaver’s colleagues will be forced to confront their own complicity in enabling his behavior.
Andrew Stiles is senior writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.