In a recent turn of events, former President Donald Trump has publicly expressed his displeasure towards members of his own party, particularly targeting the Lincoln Project. This group, known for its opposition to Trump, is a political action committee (PAC) established by moderate Republicans.
Trump's outspoken criticism came in response to a series of advertisements produced by the Lincoln Project that aired on Fox News, a move that has stoked controversy within Republican circles. Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, to vent his frustration late Monday night.
In a scathing post, he referred to the members of the Lincoln Project as "perverts and losers," while also alleging, without evidence, that they were employing artificial intelligence (AI) technology to craft their advertisements.
These ads notably highlight some of Trump's most infamous gaffes. Trump's statement on Truth Social read: "The perverts and losers at the failed and once disbanded Lincoln Project, and others, are using A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) in their Fake television commercials in order to make me look as bad and pathetic as Crooked Joe Biden, not an easy thing to do." He further criticized Fox News for broadcasting these advertisements, drawing a parallel with other networks like CNN and MSNBC, which he claims refrain from airing negative content about Biden or the Democrats.
Lincoln Project's Mission
The Lincoln Project, founded in 2019, comprises former Republican strategists including George Conway, who recently announced his divorce from Kellyanne Conway, a former senior counselor to Trump, and Steve Schmidt, a veteran Republican strategist and adviser to the late Senator John McCain.
The group's mission is to defend American democracy against what they perceive as the threats posed by Trump and his supporters. Despite these internal party conflicts, Trump remains a formidable figure in the Republican Party.
Current polling data from FiveThirtyEight indicates a substantial lead for Trump over other potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Among the Lincoln Project's recent ads is one that mocks Trump's past public missteps, such as a notable incident in California and his difficulty in pronouncing "anonymous" during a rally in Montana.
The ad, titled "Feeble," suggests Trump's insecurity regarding President Joe Biden, with a narration stating, "Face it Donald, you're just projecting when you call Joe Biden old. He's stronger than you, fitter than you, smarter than you, a better man and a better president...
anyone can see it." The use of AI in political advertising is an increasingly contentious issue. The Republican National Committee (RNC) released an AI-generated ad in April, depicting a dystopian vision of America under a second Biden term.