The Lincoln Project recently released its new ad campaign. This one defends Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is currently being undermined by the Trump Administration. The intent of the message needed to be said, but in a typical conservative fashion, they decided to gloss over some of the details to score cheap political points.
— Hal Boedeker (@tvguyhal) July 15, 2020
For those of you who have been living under a rock the past few months, The Lincoln Project is a Political Action Committee (PAC) formed by Republican operatives with the sole goal of taking down Trump and returning to the old ways, so to speak.
These are the same people who spent years building and cultivating the anger that now makes the Republican party, but this specific group of Republicans have found themselves opposed to Donald Trump. The PAC tends to release weekly videos highlighting the corrupt and ineptitude of Trump’s presidency. This week, however, they showed that familiar Republican Streak of ignoring the truth to score a punch against their opposition.
The defense of Dr. Fauci is needed, especially as cases of COVID spike across the country, but there is a problem. The Lincoln Project invoked the names of Reagan and Bush in defense of Fauci. The group also pointed out his work as a hero during the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80s. While George H.W. Bush did sign the Americans with Disabilities Act that stopped people who were HIV Positive from being discriminated against, he also responded with indifference.
“Here’s a disease where you can control its spread by your own personal behavior,” Bush said. “You can’t do that in cancer.”
While Bush was pretty bad on the AIDS epidemic, his predecessor was much worse, who he served as Vice President, Ronald Reagan. The infamous Reagan viewed the communities affected by the epidemic with apathy or antipathy. One example of this was during press briefings, where Reagan Press Secretary Larry Speakes joked about the crisis that was devastating vulnerable communities such as the LBGTQ community and the African-American community.
The Reagan response was so terrible that Hillary Clinton actually had to say she misspoke when she praised both Ronald Reagan and his wife for their low-key advocacy as the infection rate rose in the United States and across the world due to indifference. Walter Odets, AIDS activist and clinical psychologist said his book In the Shadow of the Epidemic:
“This is a national health crisis… of a magnitude that requires presidential leadership to bring together all elements of society to deal with the problem.” By the end of his presidency in 1989, Reagan had done nothing of substance, and the United States had suffered 89,343 deaths. The death rate was still rapidly rising, and more than 300,000 would be dead before the epidemic came under better control seven years later.”
The fact that The Lincoln Project would dare invoke both Bush and Reagan in such a sanitized fashion shows that, while they may be fighting against Trump, they are still playing the same game they have always played. They bend the truth to form a narrative they deem fit and Democrats should be wary that they don’t become the same beasts that they swore to fight.