Latest Lincoln Project ad stokes presidential paranoia, suggests snitch sparked Mar-a-Lago raid
Was it Melania? New ad sows doubt who leaked info leading to a Mar-a-Lago raid. Image via The Lincoln Project.

Lincoln Project ad.
The ad will broadcast only in the New Jersey market where Donald Trump is staying now.

Trolling former President Donald Trump, a new Lincoln Project ad raises questions about who from his inner circle snitched. The ad will be broadcast in the Bedminster, New Jersey market, where Trump stayed as FBI agents searched his Mar-a-Lago estate.

“Who was it, Donald?” a female narrator asks. “Who gave you up to the feds?”

A second woman’s voice chimes in and whispers more directly: “Who squealed?”

The one-minute spot features newsreel footage of the raid on Trump’s Florida home.

It also shows pictures published first by Axios and featured in a new book on Trump by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. The photographs show clumps of papers with hand-written notes reportedly being flushed down a toilet. The images seem to confirm reports from February that Trump frequently would stuff sensitive documents in White House toilets to dispose of them.

But the ad notes that’s not what the raid in Florida this week sought out. The FBI reportedly seized 15 boxes of papers found at the Trump estate.

“No, not that stuff,” the main narrator states. “The classified documents; 15 boxes of top secret files.”

“That’s naughty Donald,” the whispering woman chimes in.

A wave of reactions has followed the raid, from defenders on the Right calling it a miscarriage of justice while critics on the Left thirst for indictments.

But the Lincoln ad seeks to stoke presidential paranoia.

“But who leaked?” the narrator states, as an image of Trump beside children Donald Trump Jr. and Tiffany Trump flashes on screen. Pictures of son Eric Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner all quickly flash by, along with a photo of the former President walking alongside former First Lady Melania Trump.

A narrator directly implicates his family and others, with the whispering voice rubbing insults in after each name.

“Was it Jared?” “Ungrateful.”

“Ivanka?” “They’re backing away from you.”

“Don Jr?” “Your own son.”

“Eric?” “Do you even care?”

“Melania?” “She wants to escape.”

“(Former Chief of Staff) Mark Meadows?” “Who did it?”

The ad notes many of those named have testified to the Jan. 6 Committee in the House, and may also be cooperating with the FBI.

“Someone who you trusted betrayed you,” the ad states. “Now you’re the first President to have his home raided by the FBI.”

Organizers for the Lincoln Project say the latest ad seeks to stress that even those closest to Trump see legal troubles surfacing.

“The rats are jumping ship and Donald is realizing he can’t trust even his own family. He knows he taught his kids that blood doesn’t matter if prison is on the line,” said Reed Galen, co-founder of the Lincoln Project. “Donald knows the calls are coming from inside the house and he’s running out of time to figure out who it is.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Just a comment

    August 10, 2022 at 10:33 am

    We all snitches if you have equipment over hearing your ass oops

  • Elliott Offen

    August 10, 2022 at 11:03 am

    Everyone’s devices are tapped. Everyone should know 4th amendment is completely eroded. Only morons talk on the phone or email sensitive info anymore. And do the Republicans do anything to limit Patriot Act and section 702? Nope!

    • They Aim to Please

      August 10, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      Mr. Offen, you appear to have forgotten that the Democrats are in power, and if they can gut the American military 18 TIMES to fight ANOTHER useless battle in Eastern Europe without the consent of the American people they can certainly make adjustments to the Patriot Act, and if they can spend hours rummaging through a former First Lady’s boudoir in a crazed attempt to stop 77million or so Americans from voting for her husband again, well, they can do just about any g-d- thing they please to just about anyone they want.

    • David

      August 11, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      Check under your bed tonight Elliot.

  • PeterH

    August 10, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Hopefully the Lincoln Project …. the political tool that encouraged millions of independent conservatives to vote for America’s interest instead of Donald Trump’s interest…..will run this as a continuous loop in all fifty states.

    Let’s collect the Mueller criminal findings, the Trump Georgia election fraud tape recording, the NY real estate fabricated values, the fake electors and January 6th attempted coup in one indictment with a dozen charges.

    Throw this clown under the Republican Clown Bus.


    • booglhiem

      August 10, 2022 at 8:20 pm

      And replace him with which honest, intelligent, caring Democrat? Oh yeah, we did that.
      Would write more but I’ve got to go fill up my car with the gas whose prices have been plummeting and get a $4.50 dozen eggs.

      • marylou

        August 11, 2022 at 1:30 pm

        “$4.50 dozen eggs” They are CHICKENS !!!

      • David

        August 11, 2022 at 9:37 pm

        Well, that’s an intelligent comment! Florida resident? I thought so.

    • Ron Ogden

      August 11, 2022 at 2:56 am

      And replace them with Dems? Like Charlie Crist?
      Guess what brilliant Lincoln Project political mind offered this insight into Crist a few years ago:
      “”Charlie Crist changed everything he ever believed in — in the span of a year and a half. He sloughed it off like a snake skin.”
      Like a snake skin, Petey. Well, you LP folks seem to be pretty familiar with that term. It resonates with you. You can reply below if you want to know who it was that offered the above quote.
      LP = Losers’ Pool

    • Jaco

      August 12, 2022 at 11:16 am

      How about we vote out everyone with any party affiliation, and free our country from the party system all together!

  • Toast Master

    August 10, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    The stench of failure wafts our way again as the Lincoln Project tries to justify the money they get from Leftist donors and corrupt tech oligarchs.

    • David

      August 11, 2022 at 9:39 pm

      A whiff of success came my way. You should consider moving to join the intelligent crowd, we need janitors.

  • Susan j Ohmann

    August 11, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    I really hope people start to realize how much trouble our democracy is in. Donald Trump is as mad as Hitler and Mussolini combined. Those who vote Republican as a rule need to realize the Republican party has been taken over by The maggot mafia. The rule of law will be totally gone if Trump ever gets close to public office again.

    • Dan Jackson

      August 13, 2022 at 12:09 pm


  • chris

    August 12, 2022 at 1:22 am

    When all is said (maybe tomorrow after 3PM) those that voted and defended Trump will realize that he is a traitor and his legacy will be that he committed TREASON!
    LOCK HIM UP!!!!!!!

  • Meredith

    August 16, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Amen! A sick and dangerous man. And a traitor.
    And I’m not a Dem!

  • Rose Richter

    August 17, 2022 at 6:34 am

    I’m retired.white.female.divorced.daughter of two Ww2 veterens. Schooled enough to successfully manage single parenthood in suburban Rockland and Orange Counties,Ny. I am also a voting american. I used to be Republican but was uncomfortable with the highly intrusive and aggressive contacts they made to me begging, then almost demanding political contributions. Sorry guys, was never and will never happen where I have to tithe to a sect with whom I have very serious doubts about motivations. I don’t vote straight party. And never had plans to join another. I hope someday we have a world where I can choose a leader from hope and promise. And not fear. Maybe that’s possible. I hope

  • AK

    August 17, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Brought to you by The Lincoln Project..”send me your tired, your poor, your gullible, and especially, your little boys…mmmmmm-mmm…..”

  • AK

    August 17, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Joe Biden: “Don’t let it define you. Can I have your phone number? Ever seen a grown man naked? Like movies about…gladiators? Do you have a sister? You use the same shampoo as my daughter…”

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