Steve Schmidt, the founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project who has leveled accusations of harassment and violence against numerous Republicans, has been slapped with a restraining order during his contentious divorce.
This is the same guy who vowed to “defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box” and “ensure Trumpism failed alongside him.” Schmidt founded the Lincoln Project with Reed Galen, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson while former President Trump was still in office.
His wife, Angela, is seeking a divorce in Utah from her infamous husband. In August, she allegedly filed for a temporary restraining order against Schmidt according to the Daily Caller. That filing was reportedly amended and then granted on October 16. Steve Schmidt is claiming that allegation is not true.
It is unknown why the restraining order was requested. However, according to the Daily Caller, Utah law grants restraining orders during divorce and child custody proceedings only if a judge believes that one party will sustain “irreparable harm unless the court issues an order.” The judge is evidently not required by law to notify the subject that a restraining order has been issued against him or her.
— Michael Ginsberg (@mikeginsberg98) November 11, 2022
UPDATE: Here is my attorney’s formal response to the smear campaign by @DailyCaller @mikeginsberg98. I am demanding a full-throated retraction and apology immediately. https://t.co/nfm83dJWP7 pic.twitter.com/rYPiIAddRl
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) November 12, 2022
Schmidt has gone out of his way to make serious allegations against a number of media and political figures including those who have passed on. In May, he made a big deal out of not voting for Sen. John McCain (R), whose 2008 presidential campaign Schmidt managed. He called McCain “unfit” for office and his daughter, Meghan McCain, “rotten, entitled, spoiled, cruel, mean and bullying,” according to Politico. McCain passed away from brain cancer in 2018.
More recently, Schmidt attacked Republican Senator-elect J.D. Vance of Ohio. He took the conservative out of context and then falsely claimed he was advising victims of domestic violence “to stick around for the next beating.”
“I really think most normal people don’t think women who are beaten should stay married to the men who beat, shoot, stab, burn and torture them,” Schmidt tweeted. “JD Vance [sic] proves this theory. He wants the beaten women to stick around for the next beating. It’s extreme and sick. It’s disqualifyin[g.]”
I really think most normal people don’t think women who are beaten should stay married to the men who beat, shoot, stab, burn and torture them. @JDVance1 proves this theory.
He wants the beaten women to stick around for the next beating. It’s extreme and sick. It’s disqualifyin https://t.co/OsJZXK24Bf
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) November 5, 2022
Schmidt ran the campaign of Vance’s former political opponent, Democrat Tim Ryan.
In actuality, what Vance reportedly did was take issue with no-fault divorce.
Schmidt also went after the late Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes. He tweeted on November 2, “I used to be smuggled into Fox News for secret meetings with Ailes. Same elevator he abused the women out of.”
He accused former U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens of Missouri of domestic violence as well.
2/ Violence against women is a very specific type of crime. It is almost always perpetrated by men, usually a family member. The violence is sometimes generational or even historically or religiously based. The numbers of men who will be attacked by women is relatively small and
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) March 23, 2022
“The Coalition For Women In Journalism condemns the incident and demands that Steve Schmidt offers an apology, not just for his unprofessional opinion but also for his latest attempt to bully Maggie Haberman on social media,” the organization said via a statement.
12/ word and reputation weren’t given much weight by Maggie Haberman. She has deep family connections with the Kushner’s and she laid out the hit for something better later. That hit piece was the foundational piece for all the smearing that has followed. Pls read the texts. pic.twitter.com/mgylIEq4eA
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) March 23, 2022
Schmidt is no longer with the disgraceful Lincoln Project. He stepped down from the board in 2021.
His co-founder Weaver also worked on John McCain’s campaign. He resigned from the Lincoln Project after he reportedly sent sexual messages to young men. Some of them were allegedly underage at the time.
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