‘We must all rise above partisanship’

A formidable group of Republicans just announced the establishment of the Lincoln Project, dedicated to the preservation of the United States Constitution and democracy. The Lincoln Project calls for the defeat of Donald Trump.

The announcement is accompanied by an op-ed written by those who worked for and supported Republican campaigns, including George Conway III, Steve Schmidt (a Republican strategist who worked for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger); John Weaver (who worked for Bush, McCain, and Governor John Kasich); and Rick Wilson (a Republican media specialist). Additional Lincoln Project advisors include Mike Madrid, Ron Steslow, Jennifer Horn, and Reed Galen.

They write the following:

“Patriotism and the survival of our nation in the face of the crimes, corruption and corrosive nature of Donald Trump are a higher calling than mere politics. As Americans, we must stem the damage he and his followers are doing to the rule of law, the Constitution and the American character.

That’s why we are announcing the Lincoln Project, an effort to highlight our country’s story and values, and its people’s sacrifices and obligations. This effort transcends partisanship and is dedicated to nothing less than preservation of the principles that so many have fought for, on battlefields far from home and within their own communities...

Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. We do not undertake this task lightly, nor from ideological preference. We have been, and remain, broadly conservative (or classically liberal) in our politics and outlooks. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort.”

(George Conway, et. al. (2019 Dec. 17). “We are Republicans and we want Trump defeated.” New York Times. Retrieved from www.newyorktimes.com)

We must all rise above partisanship and defend our democracy. Don’t turn away. Join the many patriotic citizens who have come to see Donald Trump as a dangerous threat to democracy and the Constitution. Write to your elected representatives, telling them it’s time to stand up courageously against Donald Trump. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, actively work to elect those who place the future of our country above mere politics. Do not allow Donald Trump to remain in office.

— Diane Henningfeld
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