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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 McCainHouse Freedom Caucus chair weighs Arizona Senate bid Cindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors 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 TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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 HawleyGOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' Scarborough tears into 'Ivy League brats' Cruz, Hawley for attacking 'elites' No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage MORE [R-Mo.] and [Sen.] Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonScarborough tears into 'Ivy League brats' Cruz, Hawley for attacking 'elites' Judiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination Juan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP 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 ConwayLincoln Project forming 'transition advisory committee' amid calls to close The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats ready mammoth relief bill for 10-day sprint Lincoln Project faces calls to shut down MORE III.