Conservative think tank director says Lincoln Project members beholden to pro-business Republicans

Oren Cass, executive director of the conservative think tank American Compass, said Thursday that the Lincoln Project, the anti-Trump Republican super-PAC, was “a group of political operatives who are not conservatives.”

“If you look at the Republicans they’ve been affiliated in the past, folks like [former Sen.] John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden falters in pledge to strengthen US alliances 20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home MORE, [former Ohio Gov.] John Kasich, [former Utah Gov.] Jon Huntsman,” Cass said in a Hill.TV interview, calling those Republicans vestiges of a GOP that was predominantly “focused on the issue of business or… very, very interventionist foreign policy.”

Cass added that Lincoln Project members appeared to be “more pro-big business," fitting "more comfortably in the Democratic party at this point.”

“I think you could be a conservative who is very unhappy with how Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE governs, but I don’t think you can be a conservative who likewise thinks we should get rid of [Sen.] Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE [R-Mo.] and [Sen.] Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonProgressive foreign policy should not be pro-autocracy Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE [R-Ark.] and everyone else who’s actually trying to build a healthy Republican party,” he added, referencing two GOP senators the group has also pledged to target.

Founding members of the Lincoln Project include former campaign strategist John Weaver and attorney George ConwayGeorge ConwayGeorge Conway: GOP blocking Jan. 6 commission 'more appalling' than both Trump acquittals Press: Get orange jumpsuit ready: extra large Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one MORE III.