Lincoln Project announces veterans coalition, saying Trump has ‘failed’ as commander in chief

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The Lincoln Project on Tuesday announced nearly two dozen veterans, advocates, Blue Star and Gold Star family members and others who will serve on a leadership coalition for the Republican anti-Trump group.

The organization said that its veterans and military community leadership coalition will help “spread the mission” of The Lincoln Project. It will also encourage veterans to sign up to serve as poll workers and volunteers in the upcoming November elections.

“Our veterans, service members, and their families know what a leader should be and have seen first hand how Donald Trump has failed his sacred duty as Commander-in-Chief,” Fred Wellman, the group’s senior adviser for veterans affairs, said in a statement.

“Words are not enough to show support for them and now we continue to face a global pandemic amid efforts to undermine our national elections. So, now we are called upon to step up again and fight for our nation and volunteer at home to serve locally in our communities as poll workers and supporters when so many cannot because of their risks of illness,” Wellman said. 

The new coalition includes retired Army Lt. Col. Bob Andrews, who served multiple special operations tours, in addition to leading the Defense Department’s Office of Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. 

Army Maj. Gen. Donna Barbisch, former Navy Lt. Dan Barkhuff, retired Army Col. Joseph Collins, former Secretary of the Navy John Dalton and retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling also joined the group. 

It also includes members of Blue Star and Gold Star families, advocates for wounded veterans and military caregivers, additional former members of the military and others.

The Lincoln Project released an ad featuring Barkhuff in July blasting the president. The former Navy SEAL and emergency room physician accused the president of disrespecting the Constitution and conservative values.

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