Lincoln Project warns Donald Trump: Ron DeSantis, Mitch McConnell are out to get you

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The ad runs in the Tallahassee, Palm Beach markets through Friday.

The Lincoln Project continues to taunt former President Donald Trump, offering another targeted assessment that Republicans are out to get him.

Their new ad, Respect, has a limited airing. It can be seen in the Tallahassee and Palm Beach media markets Thursday and Friday on the Fox News Channel, aiming for the eyes of Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Despite the limited buy, the message is significant, according to Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson.

“Donald Trump is losing control. The truth is, Donald Trump is being played by members of his own party. Whether it is Mitch McConnell cashing in on the MAGA brand, or Ron DeSantis basking in the glow of Fox News stardom, the former President appears too weak to reclaim control.”

The 60-second spot features a woman narrator taunting Trump, alleging a conspiracy between DeSantis and Senate Minority Leader McConnell. The ad notes DeSantis went on the Ruthless Podcast, hosted by former McConnell chief lieutenant Josh Holmes, to say he should have been “much louder” in resisting Trump-era COVID-19 precautions.

The ad goes on to claim DeSantis is a “usurper … betraying you … coming for you,” and closes with a clip of DeSantis saying “I’m standing in your way.” Ironically — or not — those comments were from a DeSantis rant against Joe Biden months back.

This is the second two-market ad buy for the Lincoln Project in recent weeks. They ran a spot in Tallahassee and Palm Beach in January, teasing a “divorce” between DeSantis and Trump.

The Lincoln Project ad comes as Trump continues to play in Senate races, including against incumbent Republicans backed by McConnell and Senate leadership. It also comes in the wake of polling showing that in a head-to-head presidential Primary in Florida, DeSantis would be competitive with Trump.

See the ad below.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • PeterH

    February 3, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Actually Republican Liz Cheney is “out to get” the Trump Crime Family …… the real conservatives in the Never Trump organizations are simply adjunct supporters of the January 6th Committee.

  • Jay Adams

    February 3, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Much as I dislike Trump there is something very creepy about this ad.
    But that is true about almost all Lincoln Project ads.

    • Sharon

      February 6, 2022 at 7:28 am

      It’s creepy because it’s not of people who want to unite it’s of division the new republican party sleeps with the devil

  • T.J. Jamblueski

    February 3, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Has anyone actually seen “A.G. Gancarski” in the flesh? or is this the cool name the staff at gave to their “news” story generating bot? hmmmmmm

    • Ron Ogden

      February 3, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      Long time ago there was a writer named Hunter S. Thompson who had this ultra-hip “gonzo” journalist reputation. He supposedly was the “National Affairs Editor” for Rolling Stone Magazine–before he put a chrome plated .45 Hawg Leg in his mouth about twenty years ago. AG thinks he is the modern Thompson.

    • Peter Schorsch

      February 4, 2022 at 9:05 am

      I guess you’re not from Jacksonville, where A.G. is omnipresent.

      • Sharon

        February 6, 2022 at 7:25 am


      • Ron Ogden

        February 6, 2022 at 12:13 pm

        JAX–the town so dull that manatees actually jump out in front of speedboats to get put out of their misery.

  • Barb Zeto

    February 3, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Everything in this Ad is taken out of context. McConnell is on his way out anyway; no Republican that respects the constitution wants this buffoon around anymore. Ron DeSantis is NOT trying to compete with DJT for the 2024 election. He is a great supporter of DJT, and everything this ad shows him saying are all cuts from him talking about OTHER subjects! More FAKE NEWS!

    • joe g

      February 4, 2022 at 6:04 pm

      You realize that this is not news, right? No person that respects the constitution should want to see Trump in office again. He has lost 2 elections, incited a failed insurrection.

    • Robin

      February 5, 2022 at 8:22 am


  • Gmoney

    February 5, 2022 at 7:21 am

    Joe g you are even more fake news. Good try pedos at Lincoln project but try harder next time.

  • politics

    February 5, 2022 at 8:13 am

    little green people for president

  • Matt

    February 5, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    The Trump Cartel is going down long before November. Hopefully the JD indicts all the people involved in the alternate electors fraud and all the Senators and House members involved in planning 1/6 too. Clarence Thomas in the Supreme Court as well should be impeached- I have little doubt he was involved too. His wife certainly was!

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