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John Weaver: ‘The Truth Is I’m Gay’

Posted on | January 16, 2021 | Comments Off on John Weaver: ‘The Truth Is I’m Gay’

Sunday, I blogged about the accusation that John Weaver, the former top campaign aide to John McCain and co-founder of the anti-Trump “Lincoln Project,” had been sexually harassing young men. Now he has been forced out of the Lincoln Project:

Lincoln Project cofounder John Weaver is no longer affiliated with the Democratic Super PAC after admitting — in the classic tradition of the Friday evening news dump — to having “inappropriate” sexual conversations with young men.
“The truth is that I’m gay,” Weaver told former Washington Free Beacon journalist Lachlan Markay in a prewritten statement. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”
Weaver reportedly took a medical leave of absence from the Lincoln Project over the summer, and will not be returning to the controversial Super PAC.
Over the past few days, dozens of young men have come forward with accusations that Weaver engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct, including text messages and phone conversations, as well as “grooming” them by promising lucrative career opportunities in exchange for sex. The allegations were broght to light through the reporting of journalists Ryan Girdusky and Scott Stedman.
Weaver admitted to making the young men “uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations,” which included at least one instance in which Weaver allegedly emailed an unsolicited photo of his penis. However, he appeared to suggest the men accusing him of grooming them, or offering favors in exchange for sex, are lying, perhaps for nefarious reasons.
“While I am taking full responsibility for the inappropriate messages and conversations,” Weaver wrote in the statement, “I want to state clearly that the other smears being leveled at me … are categorically false and outrageous.” The emergence of the allegations, Weaver suggested, was facilitated by political critics of the Lincoln Project.

Wait — “dozens of young men”? This implies a number in the 25-30 range, at least. Your homosexuality is not really secret, if you’re engaged in such large-scale solicitation. It’s what’s called an “open secret,” like Kevin Spacey — everybody knew he was gay, but pretended they didn’t know, or at least didn’t make an issue of it. But notice how Weaver operated, offering “lucrative career opportunities” to young men. We may suspect he effectively blacklisted any young man who rejected his advances. Certainly, anyone who told the truth about Weaver would have feared career damage. So if a young man wanted to work in GOP consulting, he either submitted to Weaver’s advances or at least kept his mouth shut about the “open secret.” Politics is a sordid business, and John Weaver is the tip of an iceberg of political perversion.

(Hat-tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)



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