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Thu Jul 9, 2020, 08:38 PM

Report on the Lincoln Project town hall today.

At 5:00 today the Lincoln Project held a town hall with 10,000 Zoom attendees and 12,000 YouTube attendees. Lincoln Project members present were Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson, Jennifer Horn, Ron Steslow, and Mike Madrid. The group was formed in Dec. 2019 by anti-Trump Republicans. The average donation to the project is $41.00. Their dedication to their cause is impressive and they area smart bunch. And then thereís Steve Schmidtís uber snarkiness. Most of you have probably seen their no-holds-barred ads on TV. As one of them said, ďwe are just getting warmed upĒ. Some of this is.paraphrased. I did not identify the speakers in the answers section. They said some excerpts of the town hall will be posted on YouTube.

Their 3 basic communication efforts are:
1. Messing with Trump (their words) and driving him out of his mind. They do it to distract him away from his campaign and put his attention elsewhere. Example: the amount of time he spent trying to refute the accusations that he canít hold a glass of water with one hand.
2. Litigating the case against a Trump: electoral vote driven.270. Thatís the goal. Point out his shortcomings and incompetence. Educate swing voters and make a case for them to walk away from him. Identifying swing voters who can be persuaded.
3. Persuading voters to actually make the jump. They are building a grass roots movement. Michigan alone has 300 LP volunteers.

Some audience questions and answers:
Q. I love your ads. They make me feel good. Is there any confirmation that your ads have swayed any voters?
A. If you look at all the polling of the a Republican base since mid-March, itís showing softening in all polls. The biggest growing gap is between white college -educated Rep. voters and white non-college -educated white Rep. voters. There is a direct correlation from our confederate flag ad and these 2 groups of voters. This ad was very emotional to the Rep. base. We followed that ad 5 weeks later with the ad done by the Navy Seal who called Trump out for not doing anything about the bounty placed on American troops heads. That further softened the base. After that, even the Rasmussen Report showed decreasing support for a Trump. Steve Bannen said when we started that if we can peel off 3-4% of Trumpís Rep. support its game over. Weíre past that right now.

Q. In light of the pandemic, how critical is mail-in voting to the cause? It seems a Trump supporters donít mind crowding into polling places while more thoughtful people wonít take the risk.
A.i assure you that below the Trump level every Rep. operative is working on an early voting mail-in campaign. They want to get those votes in because a Trump is a disruptor and no one knows what heíll do right before the election. Trump will play both sides by using mail-in votes and by using them to explain a rigged election when he loses. He wants to sow the seeds of discord so there is an excuse for losing.

Q. Trump says he wants schools to open in the fall, but doesnít want it politicized. But heís done exactly that.
A. I find this psychologically and politically fascinating. He wants teachers and students to crowd into schools. Meanwhile Rep. politicians are trying to avoid meetings and the Rep. convention in person. Trumpís behavior is another example of thevcomplete narcissism in his motivation. Just like opening up businesses, he needs it because it makes him look good and look strong. Anything Trump says or does about reopening schools has nothing to do with the health and welfare of your children.

There were many more questions, but I donít want to take up any more of your time. Maybe Iíll do a few more shorter posts with some of the Qís and Aís. If you get the opportunity to join another of their town halls, sign up. Itís worth it. (I believe I received the email to sign up because I have donated to them).

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 08:41 PM

1. They've got big plans, I hope they can accomplish all they set out to do.

They definitely all expressed full throated support to get Biden elected.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 08:43 PM

2. Thanks!

It's like the minutes of a very exciting meeting!

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 08:44 PM

3. you must be a writer....

excellent read.

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Response to stillcool (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 11:18 PM

12. Thank you! Not a writer. A nurse who likes to write.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 09:03 PM

4. Next time spend more on complicit republicans in the senate esp ones for election

Hammer the message more by this do nothing Senate .

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Response to FloridaBlues (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 10:01 PM

8. They're strongly committed to going after members of Congress who are complicit

and talked quite a bit about their plans in that arena. They recognize the need to cleanse their whole party of Trumism.

I was quite impressed with them.

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Response to FloridaBlues (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 10:10 PM

10. They confirmed they are going after all senators

Firstly all those who can be defeated but not just them but all Trump enablers those who are and are not up this year for re-election. They want them all gone from the repub party. They are expanding their territory for ads.

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Response to FloridaBlues (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 11:16 PM

11. Actually, they talked quite a bit about that. I just couldn't put everything in there or it would

be too long

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 09:14 PM

5. It's a breath of fresh air

to have down to earth republicans. They seem honest, concise and determined to do what's right for our country.

I hope that someday we can have meaningful debate between the parties. All these Trump clowns say is "Lock er Up" or "Fake News" when presented with an irrefutable fact.

It goes nowhere, which is probably deliberate.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 09:33 PM

6. I am impressed and donating to the efforts

Great webinar and impressed with how concisely the panel presented their objectives and messaging to cut through the bs and lies Trump will use to wear people out through non stop chaos. I also took great pleasure in knowing they are laser focused on exposing the Gop rats in the senate and not just in this election cycle. That warms my heart. They will get donations from me every month till this swamp us drained of treasonous republican co-conspirators.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 09:36 PM

7. Thanks for the recap. I enjoyed listening to them, too.

They all sounded very committed and fired up.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 10:06 PM

9. It's up on YouTube now. I would encourage everyone to watch.

Lots of posts in the comments section by Republicans who are now committed to voting for Biden.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 11:25 PM

13. Thank you for the summary

I was only able to catch ten minutes live. K&R

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Fri Jul 10, 2020, 01:17 AM

14. Small correction is in order

I clearly heard them say they have three THOUSAND volunteers in Michigan alone!

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