‘This old classic won’t work’: New Lincoln Project ad blasts ‘desperate’ GOP attempt to distract from Joe Biden successes

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‘It’s hard to be tough on crime when your party leader is a criminal … who stole classified documents and lied to the FBI.’

President Joe Biden’s approval rating is on the upswing as gas prices fall, inflation slows and unemployment drops to pre-pandemic levels. But you wouldn’t know that listening to pro-Donald Trump Republicans — and you shouldn’t listen to them, the Lincoln Project says.

In a new ad, the group urges Americans not to fall for Republican efforts to distract from Biden’s economic and policy successes while elected GOP officials abstain from condemning Trump’s misdeeds.

The one-minute ad will air in the Bedminster, New Jersey market where Trump stayed as FBI agents searched his home at Mar-a-Lago for top-secret documents, as well the Palm Beach County area around the estate.

It will also run digitally in Washington, targeting media there.

“President Biden is breaking the gridlock in Washington. Inflation has been coming down and gas prices are plummeting. So, after months of attacking Biden on these very issues, what can Republicans attack now?” a narrator in the ad asks as images flash on screen of Gov. Ron DeSantis, U.S. Sens. Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul and Rick Scott and U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy.

“Simple, they go back to the classics like crime, racist dog whistles disguised as police support and designed to stoke fear, a desperate attempt to distract. They don’t know what to do when there’s real leadership in Washington, but this old classic won’t work,” the narrator continued, as footage of White supremacist marchers and police in riot gear teargassing protesters played.

The video quickly runs through several more GOP officials who have blasted Biden but defended Trump, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, before taking aim at the former President himself with footage of the U.S. Capitol riot and a photo from January showing stacks of boxes being moved out of the White House.

People wait for a moving van after boxes were moved out of the White House on Jan. 14, 2021, to be brought to Mar-a-Lago. Image via AP.

“Because it’s hard to be tough on crime when your party leader is a criminal, a man who stole classified documents and lied to the FBI. And this was after he participated in an attempted coup.

“So go ahead Republicans, get tough on crime. If you really want to prove you mean it, there’s one criminal who’s more than ready for his orange jumpsuit.”

The new ad is the third video the Lincoln Project has released since the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago. In prior videos, the group provoked paranoia from Trump and his inner circle amid rumors someone close to him “betrayed” him. Another suggested the Republican Party is turning on Trump in favor of DeSantis, who now “thinks he’s bigger” than him.

Explaining the premise of the most recent ad, organizers for the Lincoln Project said Republicans “know they are in trouble” ahead of the Nov. 8 Midterms “and need to change the conversation fast.”

But it won’t work this time unless prominent members of the GOP denounce Trump, said political strategist Reed Galen, one of the group’s co-founders.

“If the GOP was serious about crime, they should start with the leader of their own party and condemn Donald Trump for mishandling classified materials and leading an insurrection,” he said in a statement. “The public must not fall for it, and the media needs to call it out for what it is: nothing more than a tactic to distract from President Biden’s success and Donald Trump’s ongoing criminal behavior.”

See the new Lincoln Project spot below.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • PeterH

    August 31, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……AMERICANS MUST VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE. REPUBLICANS ARE AMERICA’S PROBLEM.

    • Rhinocerosususes

      August 31, 2022 at 8:17 pm

      Remember, all these Lincoln Project folks are just washed up ol’ Bushies–and they are all gonna follow Liz Cheney down the road to Republican perdition. They are the original RINOs–always. Just read what he writes above. Sound like a Republican to you?

      • Joe Corsin

        August 31, 2022 at 8:45 pm

        RINO = not a neo nazi maniac. Nice try though. Trumpism is headed into the ash heap of horrible political movements.

      • PeterH

        August 31, 2022 at 9:05 pm

        Sorry but the original RINOS are Trump supporters, Tea Party fluffers, QAnon nutcases and the House FREEDUMB caucus. I’m a fiscal conservative and a Lincoln Project advocate and financial supporter.

        There are very few authentic conservatives in today’s GQP.

        • Tom

          August 31, 2022 at 11:16 pm

          Absolutely. You are correct RINO, Lincoln group use to live off the RNC/NRCC/NRSC nipple.
          They got ass kicked in Virginia Giov race. They spent $500,000 on Dem., they lost. Racist Lincoln group, they hired college kids to use tiki torches as racists. It backfired.

        • Tom

          September 1, 2022 at 7:39 am

          Peter h you are clueless. You are the last person who thinks they know what a Repub. is. Your type of Repub. agrees to 80% of what Dems demand, and pretend like they get 20% of nothing. You are a sellout like Lincoln Org.

          I deplore you to run Cheney, Kinzinger, or Romney as your RINO POTUS candidate. Combined, they’d get 2 delegates.

          Lincoln can’t do anything. Gov. Youngkin kicked their ass, Lincoln $500,000 spent and lost ass. They are a racist Org too, the tiki torch klan failed upon them. It backfired. Wilson and Lincoln are predators, they think they are cute. They are not. No one listens.

      • Tom

        September 1, 2022 at 7:41 am

        Correct, yes they are. Pathetic losers.
        Lincoln is a joke.

  • Charlie Crist

    August 31, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Yeah and why aren’t the silly election police headed down to Mar-a-Lago to arrest DONALD TRUMP for election crimes? Mr. “I just need you to find 11,080 votes WHICH IS ONE MORE THAN WE HAVE!!! Otherwise you could be in legal jeopardy.” The right wing is a damn joke.

    • PeterH

      August 31, 2022 at 9:07 pm

      Consider this justice scenario for the Trump Crime Family: after committing extortion, blackmail, obstruction, witness tampering, sexual assault, insurrection and tax evasion; that Trump were to go to jail for not returning library materials on time.

      • Tom

        August 31, 2022 at 11:08 pm

        You are a pathetic moron, who has no indictments or convictions to praise.
        You won’t this time either.
        You are full of Adam Schiff.
        It’s takes a special and pathetic person to root for someone’s demise.
        Just a sick pathetic elite bastard.

        Btw, Newsom’s in laws gave America’s Gov a contribution. LMAO.
        They know Gavin’s a Dick!

        • Elliott O

          August 31, 2022 at 11:27 pm

          ^ Needs impatient hospitalization immediately.. medication…hell, euthanasia!!! He’s cooked!!😂

          • Tom

            September 1, 2022 at 7:11 am

            Your incest brain, along with corsin. Mentally decrepit idiot Elliot.

          • Tom

            September 1, 2022 at 7:11 am

            Your incest brain, along with corsin. Mentally decrepit idiot Elliot.

        • Phil Morton

          September 1, 2022 at 2:46 am

          The Siebel Trust donated $5,000 to DeSantis and Newsom donated $100,000 to Crist. Which do you think will have the bigger impact? And, did you catch the election results out of Alaska? First Democrat going to Congress in 50 years.

          • Tom

            September 1, 2022 at 7:08 am

            Fluke Election in Alaska.
            Still won’t stop Repub. winning new house majority. That seat will flip.

            Newsoms in laws contributed to Gov Ron, doesn’t matter Phil. It’s the point. They obviously do not care for him.

            As for your idiotic comparison on the money. Chameleon has empty pockets, if Newsom was serious he’d provide a Million or at least $500,000 minimum.

            It’s immaterial anyway, America’s Gov has has over $130 million cash on hand.

            Newsoms crapping pants over Ron, his 2035 autos being phased out is a disaster. Cali doesn’t even have the power grid to phase to. Blackouts regularly,

          • Tom

            September 1, 2022 at 11:50 am

            The Seibel Trust, you dumb ass, are you an heir? Who cares? Are you signatory Morton?

            Newsom is a Dick and his in laws told everybody what they think of him.
            He cheated on his first wife, with his staffers wife. Nothing like grabbing some P” like your hero Cuomo. Who wrote a book on dead Covid people, $5 million later. Cretan!

            Go wipe the dust of the Seibel name plate. Newsom is crapping his pants over Ronnie. As is the witch Gov in New York.

            Read this right, all you Soros Manchurians. Florida under DeSantis stands tallest in USA as the beacon and bells tolling for freedom and liberty!

            The education report today exemplifies how he was correct on schools, work and life! DeSantis saved Florida, even for you ungrateful, hyper partisan extremists.

            Chameleon on his best day, ain’t half of America’s Gov, period! Hernandez Matz is a education disaster status quo advocate. She shielded a sex abuser.

            DeSantis is class, dignity, decency and family compared to these creatans.

            Chameleon has no chance!

          • Tom

            September 2, 2022 at 9:08 pm

            Hey errand boy Morton on behalf of Newsom, Seibel, you want to really laugh.?

            His in laws bought a home in Naples right before Gavin’s lockdown in Cali, they moved.

            Not only do they think he’s a Dick, snd cheats on daughter, and contributed to Ron, they ran for Florida freedom and bought home.

            Frosts you Manchurians.

  • Tom

    September 1, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Newsom is frightened of Gov Ron, literally. His $100,000 is a petty cash contribution.

    Newsom went to Montana with family, visited his in laws. The ones who contributed to DeSantis, LMAO.

    Btw, California state officials are not to travel to Montana, banned. The hypocrite Gov went anyway. Just like no mask at the French laundry.

    America’s Gov will kick his ass, after chameleons gets his. Enjoy Phil.

    • Elliott O

      September 1, 2022 at 8:04 am

      ^ Highly disordered, delusional, and deranged far right bomber. Needs ankle monitor…

      • Tom

        September 1, 2022 at 8:49 am

        Facts are funny things!
        You are the idiot Elliot.
        How was the drug rehab ?
        I made Alex and corsin Crazy!
        You are as well.

        • FP Monitor

          September 1, 2022 at 1:47 pm

          It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant uneducated Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Tom is all about personal attacks and lying. Tom will never allow truthful facts get in the way of his continuous fake news story line! Tom makes stuff up as he types. Just like his hero figures Trump and childish Madison Cawthorn, Tom vacillates in a cesspool of absurd self-grandiose magical thinking. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

          • Tom

            September 1, 2022 at 2:15 pm

            Thank you FP monitor.
            You make me the FP legend.
            Unlike no one else. I rise to the the highest top. Legend grows.

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