Maher skips Project Lincoln scandal in conversation with Steve Schmidt
Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, resigned from his post at superPAC Friday night due to a sexual misconduct scandal involving another Lincoln Project co-founder – and he participated in a panel discussion on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” later that night. But these two things did not intersect, as Maher did not mention the scandal at all during their discussion, nor the resignation of Schmidt.
Although he did not explicitly mention Schmidt’s resignation, when Maher introduced Schmidt to start the panel discussion, he pointedly called him “founder of SES Strategies and MSNBC contributor” without any mention of the Lincoln Project.
An MSNBC spokesperson, however, told TheWrap that Schmidt no longer contributes to MSNBC and hasn’t done so for some time.
And in Schmidt’s resignation letter, he mentioned the upcoming show: “I can’t wait to be in real time with Bill Maher tonight on HBO and then take a much needed time off.”
Even so, no mention was made during the segment of John Weaver, the co-founder of the Lincoln Project who was accused of grooming underage men and sending them sexually explicit material. Weaver is reportedly under investigation by the FBI.
Although there was a moment, halfway through the panel – DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas was the other guest on the panel – in which Maher seemed to want to open the door for a discussion of the woes of the Lincoln Project.
But that discussion did not materialize at that point or any other point in Maher’s 30-minute group discussion.
I read this week that the Georgia Senate election, which of course was the most crucial, but it cost eight – I can’t believe that number – $ 833 billion, ”Maher said.
“There is a lot of money in politics. I know you had a rough week with this. You can say whatever you want here. I’m not here to sue you. AOC said Project Lincoln – it’s your project that ran a lot of good commercials. the Liberals loved these ads – they said you were in fraudulent territory. “
Schmidt responded with a rather straightforward defense of Project Lincoln as a whole.
“Look, I think we’ve built the most successful superPAC in American political history. We made it into a movement and I think we did enormous damage to Donald Trump, ”Schmidt said. And that was about as far as this thread went.