Lincoln Project maintains MAGA movement is ‘America’s Taliban’

Lincoln Project
""Like the Taliban, MAGA embraces violence and threats to attain power."

The Lincoln Project continues to offer strong takes in the wake of the installation of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy early Saturday morning.

The reformed Republican ‘Never Trumpers’ are excoriating the so-called “MAGA” movement associated with the former President as “America’s Taliban,” and saying that they predicted the spectacle of GOP dysfunction that played out on the floor of the House of Representatives.

A statement from the Lincoln Project was unsparing: “we told you there would be no compromise with the Ultra-MAGA if they won.”

Contending that they “showed a willingness to take the nation hostage to further their own corrupt ambitions,” the Lincoln Project contends the “MAGA movement is the American version of the Taliban.

“Like the Taliban, MAGA embraces violence and threats to attain power,” the statement continues. “They aren’t interested in policy debates or real governance, only implementing their culture war to roll back individual rights, crush dissent, eliminate fair elections, and destroy our democratic institutions.”

Rather than pushing out new creative to underscore this argument, the Lincoln Project is calling back to a November spot in which they originated the “American Taliban” trope.

“This year’s election is not a policy debate about what will happen in the margins; it’s about preventing a fundamental reordering of America that is less democratic, less tolerant, and more violent,” said Reed Galen, co-founder of the Lincoln Project.

Galen contended November’s election would play “a critical role in determining if 2024 will be fair and free of interventions by right-wing conspiracy nuts. The MAGA GOP is telling you what they will do if they take power. There is no compromise with them if they win. The only answer to their authoritarian ambitions is to defeat them this election.”

Expect continued jeremiads from the Lincoln Project on this subject. Earlier this weekend, they offered a similarly searing condemnation of new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy as the “weakest” leader of Congress in history.

A.G. Gancarski

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  • Elliott Offen

    January 8, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Amen. MAGA is a hodgepodge of white supremacists, Christian fascists, neo nazis, anti-government terrorists, Q-Anon and other conspiracy theory liars, far right dictatorship supporters, grifters, scam artists, liars, and the people that they grift to a husk.

  • Hope

    January 8, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Trump was a force behind securing McCarthy’s win. Perhaps the Lincoln Rejects should make some whine with their sour grapes.

    • Janet F.

      January 9, 2023 at 10:31 am

      Trump most certainly was NOT the driving force behind McCarthys win. Trump has lost a lot of power. If he was the powerful person you think he is, there wouldn’t have been 15 rounds of voting!

      • Donald McRonald

        January 9, 2023 at 12:59 pm

        Don’t bring reality into this! We all know the GOP dispensed with the need for that long ago.

        • Hope

          January 10, 2023 at 6:00 am

          Says a dyslexic clown.

  • Mac Wiseman

    January 8, 2023 at 10:02 am

    The Republicans, in their fantisy to one day become beloved by the media, have went over the cliff like lemmings and elected McCarthy. Its not going to work just like all the times befor when Republicans tried to cross the isle and work with Democrats. So what do the American people have to look forward to in the next 2 years? Nothing absloutly nothing. McCarthy will be just like Nancy Polisi never left the House. Maybe even worse than another 2 years of Polisi. The American people are going to have to fix this in 2024 by voting in a strong Republican into the White House…sigh…another 2 years of 5hit…just like the past 2 years. Mark my words thats what we have to look forward to.

    • Hope

      January 8, 2023 at 10:15 am

      Marc NOT SO wise…

      Why would Republicans want to cross the aisle to work with the addled brain lobotomy patient, traffiker-in-cheif, CCP co-conspirator and traitor Biden? Please give Republicans some credit!

      • Donald McRonald

        January 9, 2023 at 1:01 pm

        Why? So they can max it out and declare bankruptcy?
        Repubs deserve something, but it’s not trust or the benefit of any doubt.

      • No way

        January 10, 2023 at 12:59 am

        Give republicans credit? No way
        I’m not giving them another cent.
        I hope they don’t eat this winter lol

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 8, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Being a liberal raised by middle of the road Republicans, I understand LP’s angst with what MAGA has done to the Grand Old Party. Sad state of affairs for anyone who truly believes in fiscal conservatism and individual rights, like my parents did. I echo their complaints that MAGA does nothing to help the average American. At least I know the Dems supports issues that do affect my daily life, health care, personal freedom, infrastructure, climate change, educational freedom to express ideas, voting rights, reproductive freedom.. I could go on and on. I don’t care about Hunters laptop or beating the opposing party. What does any of the MAGATrump agenda do to make my life better?

    • Hope

      January 10, 2023 at 12:11 am

      Make America Great Again is a patriotic phrase that desperate leftists attempt to use against people who love America. It is like saying the sun has no light. Millions of little stars shining bright transcends the darkness and ultimately prevails.

      • Oh?

        January 10, 2023 at 1:00 am

        It republicans weren’t around you wouldn’t need a reason to make it great again lol

        • Hope

          January 10, 2023 at 6:09 am

          Democrats make America have high inflation, supply chain interruptions, insecure border, high crime rate, out of control spending, weak national security, treasonous activities, weaponizing the IRS, FBI, and Justice Dept. Perhaps they should change their agenda to making America great again.

          • cassandra

            January 11, 2023 at 11:22 am

            Shouldn’t you be over at CircleK protesting the purple M&Ms, Hope?

          • Just you

            January 14, 2023 at 5:28 am

            “Insecure border”

            If your wall sucks that’s Because of you
            Should have not spent all your money painting it lol

          • Paul Passarelli

            January 14, 2023 at 12:03 pm

            When will this site require real names from participants?

            This is in response to the Fake Alias Troll “Just you” who is undoubtedly one of my regular detractors.

            What is really sad is that he (or she) thinks they are funny.

        • Paul Passarelli

          January 10, 2023 at 9:55 am

          I believe that the Democrats should demonstrate their sincerity to sacrifice all their liberties to the almighty government. They could start by eating used food. From what I understand “it’s not that bad for you.”(*)

          (*) I was unable to locate the original source material for that quote. It was from a dystopian short story probably published in “Analog Magazine” many decades ago.

          • cassandra

            January 11, 2023 at 11:51 am

            Apologies to the chef, but I think I’ll order the crème brûlée. I’m stealing your idea, though! To prove their sincerity, fertilized egg-loving Republican men can go attempt to self-impregnate. If at first they don’t succeed…Try harder..

          • Nest time

            January 14, 2023 at 5:29 am

            “Eating used food”

            Then what will the republicans states eat when they ask for federal aid again? Lol

      • Paul Passarelli

        January 10, 2023 at 9:47 am

        Remember, Hope, the Left has a pathological need to distort the language. George Orwell warned us of this in “1984” in his explanation of NewSpeak. We see it everyday from the Leftists, Progressive-Socialists, Occupy whatever, those that hate America, and Democrats!

        • No he didn’t

          January 14, 2023 at 5:30 am

          “Georgetown Orwell warmed us in 1984”

          None of you read books. Look at how many you ban at library’s lol

          • Paul Passarelli

            January 14, 2023 at 12:16 pm

            That’s untrue and you know it. But here’s the thing. There are “Books” and there are “Indoctrination Manuals”. Also there are “Libraries” and there are ‘Government Mandated School Rooms for Minor Children”.

            If you or anyone *WANTS* to read that Leftist crap, it is freely available at the library, the bookstore, and on the web.

            But children are innocent & ignorant. They need to have a solid foundation of reasonable & accurate *knowledge*, before they are exposed to the CRT crap, and the Leftist propaganda, that teaches them to hate themselves for what their ancestors accomplished.

            Want more proof your Leftist education is lacking? Your weak writing skills confuse the book titled “1984” with the year it was published 1949.

            Now go use your Fake Alias to Troll someplace else.

  • Paul Passarelli

    January 8, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Ah well. I suppose we’ve now passed another threshold. The Left can’t even bother with subtleties anymore, they just dump straight lies on the Useful Idiots to rally them to anger.

    • Elliott Offen

      January 8, 2023 at 3:23 pm

      Trump 50,000 lies and counting to create useful idiots and hosts for his parasitic existence. He’s a snake oil salesmen.

      • Hope

        January 10, 2023 at 6:13 am

        Too bad so sad Republicans have the House majority and the Florida Democratic Party just took a spanking.

  • Paul Smenis

    January 9, 2023 at 10:43 am

    Correction – They aren’t Taliban…they’re Y’all-qaeda

  • Stuck in the Middle

    January 18, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    Washington was right. Political parties in general are the bane of a free and Democratic nation. They use propaganda and subterfuge to keep themselves in power while steering the populace into an abyss of dysfunction. He argued that every government has recognized political parties as an enemy and has tried to repress them because of their tendency to seek more power than other groups and to take revenge on political opponents. He said in his Final Address that disagreements between political parties weakened the government. You are all proving him correct.

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