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 McCainCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Mark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo 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 John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation 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 HawleyYates spars with GOP at testy hearing Democrats seek to exploit Trump-GOP tensions in COVID-19 talks Negotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts MORE [R-Mo.] and [Sen.] Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonPresidential debates demonstrate who has what it takes On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 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 Thomas ConwayLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Meme group joins with Lincoln Project in new campaign against Trump MORE III.