Lincoln Project criticizes Ron DeSantis as part of attack against ‘post-ideological’ GOP

Ron DeSantis
A strategy memo reveals that 'America's Governor' is on these Never Trumpers' minds.

Though many conservatives are kicking the tires on Ron DeSantis as the future of the movement, one group of former Republican operatives is less convinced, but is ready to stop him in his tracks nonetheless.

In what is billed as an “interested parties memo,” The Lincoln Project argues Florida’s Governor is just another player in a “post-ideological” GOP that is nothing short of a “dangerous and destructive movement.”

The memo begins with a treatment of former President Donald Trump and the “MAGA” movement, before namechecking DeSantis amid a list of “those rising under him — the Taliban 20, the Congressional Republicans, Kevin McCarthy, DeSantis, the alt-right media, and the countless others who continue to push radical anti-democratic propaganda and lies in an effort to stir distrust and chaos in our nation.”

The memo returns to the DeSantis denunciations soon enough, throwing his predecessor as Governor in the mix.

“Donald Trump, Kari Lake, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott, Glenn Youngkin, and Marjorie Taylor-Greene are all part of the same movement. Some, like DeSantis and Youngkin may hold themselves out as ‘normal’ but they’ve rarely stood up to Trump or the worst in his movement. In fact, they endorsed, and campaigned for, the likes of Kari Lake and Herschel Walker in 2022.”

Indeed, DeSantis endorsed Walker, and traveled across the country for Lake, who lauded the Governor’s “BDE,” or “Big DeSantis energy.” (We understand BDE has alternate meanings in some quarters).

Expect The Lincoln Project to try to stoke conflicts between DeSantis and the other namechecked right-wingers. They vow to “develop messaging and tactics that allow us to drive wedges between the Republican candidates, keeping them fighting with one another, and specifically inducing them into fights with Donald Trump.”

Though DeSantis has yet to move into an active phase of a 2024 Presidential campaign, the Lincoln Project will troll him and other Republican contenders as if they are running.

“As of this writing, Donald Trump is the only declared candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. We expect that by this summer, that will have changed, but it is still too soon to say by how much. There is a wild expectation that more than a dozen other Republicans could take on Trump in what will be a long, ugly and divisive fight for the GOP standard.

“We will be there, just as we were in 2020, to encourage internecine fighting, spark chaos, enrage Trump with our ‘Audience of One’ strategy, and remind voters — Republicans, Democrats and Independents, why Trump and his sycophants should never again occupy the Oval Office.”

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


  • ScienceBLVR

    January 19, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Gosh, LP, where ya been? It’s about time you started to focus on DeSantis as the true threat to future democracy. Trump is done, no matter what KellyAnne says…


  • PeterH

    January 19, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Support the real conservatives and support of democratic principles at the Lincoln Project.

    Ron DeSantis and his Republican colleagues are turning Florida into an authoritarian banana republic….. let’s stop him here and keep him out of the White House.


    • just sayin

      January 20, 2023 at 8:42 am

      The LP is a collection of grifters, telling Dems what they want to hear while not doing anything on the ground. Stop falling for it.


      • Peter O'Donnell

        January 21, 2023 at 12:33 pm

        BS pure and simple. Help others instead of living with judgement among the sewer swill. Happy Day otherwise.


  • Ron DeSantis is a Racist

    January 19, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Ron DeSantis is a filthy racist. Full stop. 100%.

    He just attacked the NHL because they’ve launched an effort to hire more minorities working for the league.
    You don’t do something like that unless you are a racist. Why should he care otherwise?

    Ron DeSantis supporters are racists too. All of them.


  • Boaz

    January 19, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    Hyperbole of the authoritarian left, nothing more, nothing less. So, 60% of Florida voters are racists? Good grief! Name calling, much less slander, is the last refuge of those who cannot civilly engage in meaningful dialogue, much less win an argument in an articulate, coherent manner.


  • Mac Wiseman

    January 20, 2023 at 9:50 am

    An interesting rule that applies to all Lincoln Project new members is the manditory surgical testical removal clause in the orginazations bylaws. All of the new RINO members are required to submit to the manhood removal process in order to join and at their annual meeting. All the members are required to proudly display their jars of testicals beside them on the table at all meetings and dinner functions. Plus the members are always inspecting each other’s packages to insure compliance. The main reason is the Lincoln Project can not risk a testosterone enhanced manly rage which may interfere with any member crossing the aisle to take a knee and give the Democrats everything they want. The Lincoln Project is a very strange group of former men. This year they are exploring overy removal in a similar fashion for the female members in order to nip in the bud any possibility of an estrogen enhanced rage which may prevent Democrats from being given everything they demand.


    • cassandra

      January 20, 2023 at 2:04 pm

      Anyone crying about feeling uncomfortable when an educator says “gay” doesn’t really need a surgical removal, do they Mackie?

      As far as “inspecting”, I hear Matt Schlapp is interested in that job. Family values!


    • Peter O'Donnell

      January 21, 2023 at 12:36 pm

      You are nuts, despite what your testacles say. Pee pee brain got you bonkers. Did you play with your fesces as a child. I bet.


  • Tropical

    January 23, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    Lincoln Project, please give everything you’ve got to destroy dangerous, childish, sawed-off DeSantis. He and his Reb ilk must never get anywhere near the WH. Ever!


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