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Lincoln Project founders were aware of sexual harassment allegations against Weaver as early as March: Report

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Lincoln Project leaders were aware of sexual harassment allegations against co-founder John Weaver as early as March, sources told The 19th Monday.

Weaver has been accused of sexually harassing more than a dozen men, including some connected to the Lincoln Project.

The Lincoln Project announced Monday they would be releasing current and former workers from their nondisclosure agreements to discuss the “workplace environment.”

Multiple individuals began coming forward to discuss the accusations against Weaver and the timeline in which they occurred.

The individuals claim that Lincoln Project co-founders were aware of the accusations against Weaver much earlier than they had alleged.

Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt previously said that he had not known of Weaver’s behavior until last month. However, the individuals who came forward provided a timeline that contradict Schmidt’s claim. They allege that Schmidt knew months earlier than June 2020.

Several said Sarah Lenti, managing partner of The Lincoln Project and previous executive director, knew about the allegations against Weaver as early as May 2020. Lenti confirmed that some of the group’s co-founders knew about the allegations as early as March 2020.

Schmidt resigned abruptly from the Lincoln Project’s board Friday after taking responsibility for publishing — and then reportedly quickly deleted — private conversations between 19th News correspondent Amanda Becker and co-founder Jennifer Horn on Twitter.

Horn asked the Lincoln Project to release its workers from their nondisclosure agreements and resigned earlier this month after learning the full extent of the allegations against Weaver.

The Lincoln Project has hired the law firm Paul Hastings to conduct a “comprehensive review of our operations and culture.”

The Lincoln Project released a statement Monday saying they will take all necessary action to correct any issues or deficiencies that are identified by the Paul Hastings law firm.

However, Becker uncovered that several lawyers at Paul Hastings law firm contributed thousands of dollars to the Lincoln Project during the 2020 election cycle.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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