In show business as in politics, the enemy of your enemy is your friend. And the founders of the Lincoln Project have no greater friends than Hollywood celebrities.
For months, left-wing stars have tirelessly boosted the anti-Trump Republican organization by spreading its viral videos and whipping up enthusiasm on social media. Now their devotion is being tested after the New York Times reported Sunday on accusations that Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver sent explicit messages to nearly a dozen young men, offering them career advancement in exchange for sexual favors. One of the men claims he was 14-years-old when Weaver sent him inappropriate messages.
None of the celebrities who have previously promoted the Lincoln Project has condemned Weaver or disavowed the group. Silence has been their strategy so far. Nor have they deleted old tweets in which they gushed over the Lincoln Project’s leadership.
Among the group’s biggest Hollywood promoters have been Debra Messing, Dave Bautista, Mark Hamill, and Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones. Their enthusiasm sometimes assumed strange dimensions. Comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted: “I’ve become sexually attracted to the @ProjectLincoln.”
As Breitbart News has reported, Hollywood elites have showered the Lincoln Project with money, with donations coming from Rob Reiner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jason Bateman, and Jennifer Aniston. Others including Harrison Ford, Sam Elliott, Mark Hamill, and Martin Sheen have narrated Lincoln Project videos.
Pop star and Biden surrogate John Legend promoted a Lincoln Project attack ad against Trump less than two weeks before the presidential election.
I’m beginning to think he has no healthcare plan https://t.co/7p6kuzMcn0
— John Legend (@johnlegend) October 23, 2020
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista has promoted Lincoln Project videos several times. His fellow Marvel star Chris Evans also pushed a Lincoln Project attack ad.
— The Artist Formerly Known as Super Duper Dave (@DaveBautista) August 26, 2020
This actual meatball wants to fire the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert during a pandemic. Fauci is a man of science. Other folks from the scientific community need to stand up for Fauci before this dunce cap replaces him with Lil Wayne. https://t.co/top0WFp7Qp
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 2, 2020
Comedian Jane Lynch tweeted “all praise” the Lincoln Project.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) June 25, 2020
Ben Stiller once praised Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson for his “great work.”
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) July 26, 2020
Jamie Lee Curtis encouraged fans to donate money to the Lincoln Project.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) June 30, 2020
Filmmaker Judd Apatow promoted a Lincoln Project tweet as “important.”
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 16, 2020
Scrubs star Zach Braff once described a Lincoln Project ad as “beautiful.”
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) October 16, 2020
Actress-director Elizabeth Banks promoted a Lincoln Project video making fun of the treatment President Trump received after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
This is pretty genius. https://t.co/UNIBYqOZ5E
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 8, 2020
Comedian Chelsea Handler declared that she is “sexually attracted” to the Lincoln Project.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 25, 2020
Alyssa Milano encouraged her fans to spread a Lincoln Project attack ad on Donald Trump.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 5, 2020
Cher called the Lincoln Project “simply the best.”
The Lincoln Project is launching a million-dollar digital ad blitz against Trump
They’re Simply The Best
— Cher (@cher) September 11, 2020
Bette Midler declared herself to be “so proud” after she appeared in a Lincoln Project video.
So proud! Thank you, LincolnProject! https://t.co/LSfOIdgO1a
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 21, 2020
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill also claimed to be “proud” of his participation in a Lincoln Project video.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 2, 2020
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus said he couldn’t “stop watching” a Lincoln Project video promoting Joe Biden. Actor Adam Scott pushed the same video.
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) August 22, 2020
— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) August 22, 2020
Actress Sophia Bush urged her fans to watch a Lincoln Project video that promoted unconfirmed reports that Russia’s Vladimir Putin put a bounty on the heads of American soldiers. Bravo’s Top Chef star Padma Lakshmi helped the Lincoln Project push the same unsubstantiated rumors.
This is a must watch from https://t.co/OLsWfWw7pX. Their words: “Putin paid a bounty to kill American soldiers. Trump knew about it but did nothing. How can Trump lead America when he can't even defend it?” The Trump… https://t.co/GQPkRbtgTe
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) July 2, 2020
Comedian Jim Gaffigan decribed a pro-Biden video from the Lincoln Project the “best political ad ever.”
"And the winner of Best Political Ad Ever goes to…"
(Turn sound on!!) https://t.co/nnNv4C6VbW
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) October 22, 2020
What a poor excuse for a man. The fact that he’s in a position of power and has jurisdiction over people’s lives and livelihoods in this country is insane. https://t.co/czKIKyjYxA
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) August 1, 2020
SNL alum and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones declared her “love” for the Lincoln Project.
I love the Lincoln Project the pettiness is very special! Go get they ass no peace until they are gone!! pic.twitter.com/wov5S5hWUp
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) January 13, 2021
NBC’s The West Wing star Bradley Whitford declared “I bow down before thee” to the Lincoln Project.
— (((Bradley Whitford))) (@BradleyWhitford) October 29, 2020
Debra Messing has praised the Lincoln Project numerous times and has even helped the group find ad space in New York. She also thanked the organization for its work during the Georgia Senate runoff elections.
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) October 26, 2020
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) November 10, 2020
Horror maestro Stephen King declared a Lincoln Project attack video against Trump allies as “the most important political ads so far.”
To me, this is the most important political ads so far. Please remember that Trump could not have succeeded without these enablers.https://t.co/WtUclAjzI4
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 9, 2020
Disney’s Frozen and Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad expressed awe and admiration for a Lincoln Project video portraying Trump as a misogynist.
Just wow https://t.co/BkmsxQL4Ej
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 17, 2020
Ellen Barkin used a Lincoln Project video to attack Donald Trump, Jr.
Cocaine in the membrane https://t.co/irxu7jxfEk
— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) October 16, 2020
Full Metal Jacket star Vincent D’Onofrio specifically thanked John Weaver in a tweet praising Lincoln Project leadership. “Thanks for your honest and dogged commitment,” he tweeted. His co-star Matthew Modine has also promoted the Lincoln Project.
George Conway, Steve Schmidt,John Weaver,Rick Wilson,Jennifer Horn,Ron Steslow,Reed Galen,
Thanks for your honest and dogged commitment.
"to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line."
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) November 8, 2020
Erm, it makes you a caring, thoughtful, kind and loving human. https://t.co/Oihtqo5uXZ
— Matthew Modine (@MatthewModine) June 7, 2020
The Masked Singer host Ken Jeong has also promoted the Lincoln Project.
The Lincoln Project and Harrison Ford are teaming up to let Americans know you can only keep one of them: Trump, or Fauci.
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) November 3, 2020
Mia Farrow thanked the Lincoln Project and wished it a happy birthday.
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 17, 2020
John Leguizamo called the Lincoln Project his “favorite new group.”
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) December 18, 2019
Actor Ron Perlman pushed a Lincoln Project attack ad against Trump that questioned his loyalty to the country.
The shame trump has brought to the office of commander-in-chief is unprecedented. And you know it’s bad when even Republicans are coming out of the shadows. https://t.co/0D3LjiRF8O
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) July 1, 2020
HBO’s Barry star Henry Winkler once thanked Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson “for being here.”
Thank you for being here
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 21, 2020
Selma filmmaker Ava DuVernay promoted a Lincoln Project video about the Confederate flag.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 1, 2020
Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino promoted a Lincoln Project video that took President Trump’s comments out of context to make it seem like he was advocating for killing a political opponent.
I cannot even believe what I’m hearing. I mean I should not be able to be shocked anymore, but… https://t.co/Rt9S4GeWS2
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) October 27, 2020
Actress Kristin Johnson said she signed a Lincoln Project petition to remove Bill Barr from the position of Attorney General.
I just signed the shit out of this
Remove Bill Barr | The Lincoln Project https://t.co/aGN8nigEA2
— kristen johnston (@thekjohnston) June 24, 2020
Comedian Wanda Sykes encouraged her fans to watch a Lincoln Project attack ad against President Trump.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 5, 2020
Actor Eric Roberts, the brother of Julia Roberts, demanded to know why Twitter hasn’t verified the Lincoln Project.
And what about the world wide numbers? People without hearts don't know what it's like to feel them breaking. The real civil war is between people who care & people who don't. Why is #TheLincolnProject not @verified ? https://t.co/WNNaqHAwxC
— Eric Roberts (@EricRoberts) October 24, 2020
Comedian Sandra Bernhard once thanked Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt “for your relentless dedication to reclaiming our democracy.”
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) November 7, 2020
Actress Christina Applegate promoted a Lincoln Project parody video that re-edited a speech President Trump gave in Nevada.
Oh my https://t.co/A18u4SrWMe
— christina applegate (@1capplegate) October 19, 2020
Actor Ken Olin declared his “love” for the Lincoln Project.
— ken olin (@kenolin1) July 2, 2020
Actor Joshua Malina promoted a Lincoln Project meme, calling President Trump a “fucker.”
Let’s destroy this fucker and his enablers. https://t.co/bqEJuEe11S
— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) June 26, 2020