have not yet read the Times story as a matter of principle, but I have read elsewhere that the story does not mention journalist Scott Stedman who first reported on this topic.
Don’t assist the NYT’s theft of intellectual property by reading their story or forwarding it to others. Dig through Stedman’s timeline, as well as the Tweets of Ryan Gidursky who was the first Weaver victim to identify himself as part of Stedman’s reporting.
My focus here is on the reaction of one noteworthy Lincoln Project co-founder to the reporting on Weaver, and the commentary on Twitter that has followed — namely George Conway.
First, Donald Trump, Jr., came out of the box with the following Tweet aimed at several of the Lincoln Project founders, directing his Tweet to them individually, including Conway.
Even though the Conway family has asked for some privacy, and a reduction in media coverage of their family as they work through some issues involving their internal family dynamic that have resulted from their public personas, George could not resist firing back at Trump Jr., in his “defense” (?) of the Lincoln Project and Weaver. I’m assuming he’s defending Weaver because he’s yet to make any comment that I can find which condemns Weaver.
I sincerely apologize for supporting John Weaver’s candidacy for the presidency in the face of numerous credible public accusations of misconduct and supporting his claims that his accusers were all liars ….
Oh, wait …. https://t.co/I2dFyjYG2V
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 31, 2021
In fact, so far as I can tell, Conway has not yet made any public comment himself with regard to the allegations against Weaver — allegations which Weaver acknowledged the truth of two weeks ago, long before the current NYT story showing there were many more victims of Weaver than was previously known. The only step taken by Conway on Twitter is his “Retweet” of a statement put out by the Lincoln Project condemning Weaver but denying any knowledge of what he had been doing.
Ryan Girdusky took issue with that statement.
But let’s go back to what Conway did say earlier on Sunday in response to Donald Trump Jr. He put forth a sarcastic “apology” for having supported Weaver when he ran for President in the face of “numerous credible public accusations of misconduct….”, mockingly claiming that is what Trump Jr., did in supporting his father’s candidacies.
But, the truth is that Conway DID support Donald Trump in the 2016 election cycle, and he did so after there were “numerous credible public accusations of misconduct…” made against Trump.
When I say they were “credible” that only means they were not fantastical or frivolous on their face. It doesn’t lend credibility to the accusers’ factual claims to which they were not yet entitled. They told stories about encounters with Donald Trump over the years that were of a kind with similar types of stories told by women in all walks of life who encountered famous men under circumstances where, in the aftermath, they felt assaulted or abused by the encounter. Such stories did circulate about Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign cycle.
Similar stories surfaced in the 2020 election campaign about Joe Biden. Who did the Lincoln Project support for President in 2020?? Let’s circle back to that later.
But with regard to Donald Trump and 2016, George Conway was a Trump supporter during that campaign cyle.
That was the same campaign cycle where George Conway was able to provide for his family with the income earned by his wife Kellyanne as a paid campaign operative for the Trump Campaign.
That was the same campaign cycle where George Conway expected to be named Solicitor General of the Department of Justice by Pres. Trump.
And that was the same campaign cycle when George Conway withdrew for consideration to be named as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.
Politico reported in their story on Conway’s withdrawal as follows:
Conway said in a statement Friday that he’s “profoundly grateful” to Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions “for selecting me to serve in the Department of Justice.”
“I have reluctantly concluded, however, that, for me and my family, this is not the right time for me to leave the private sector and take on a new role in the federal government,” he continued. “Kellyanne and I continue to support the President and his Administration, and I look forward to doing so in whatever way I can from outside the government.”
Five months after withdrawing from consideration, Conway gave an interview to Newsweekin which he claimed that he withdrew from consideration over the events involving the firing of James Comey and Pres. Trump’s handling of the early months of the Russia investigation after he came into office. He called the Trump Administration a “shitshow in a dumpster fire.” He claimed that he di….