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Stevens and Amer on going inside the war rooms of the Lincoln Project

Fisher Stevens and Karim Amer join Washington Post Live on Tuesday, Oct. 4. (Video: The Washington Post)

A new Showtime documentary series goes inside the war rooms of the super PAC The Lincoln Project through their rapid rise, internal battles over finances, sexual harassment scandal and the splintering of the group. Join directors Fisher Stevens and Karim Amer as they talk about covering the team of elite GOP strategists in their effort to defeat their own party’s sitting president.

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“It was really great to see how amazing they were at winning Twitter for the day. They were so good at figuring out the cultural zeitgeist of what was going on in the country, how to react immediately and what you see so cleverly in their technique is the rapid response. They would be getting stuff out faster than we could imagine… To see them react so quickly and keep knowing how to hack the culture was quite remarkable. I think the Lincoln Project will go down as a political technology story, there’s no denying it.” - Karim Amer (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I think there was mixed feelings. They were all very disappointed in a lot of the Senate races and they were also disappointed that 74 million people voted for Donald Trump. I think it was quite unexpected on their part. However, there were certain places that they focused on, certain parts of Georgia, certain parts of Pennsylvania, certain parts of Wisconsin, Michigan, where it was clear that those ads and that data worked… But the emotions were mixed and I think at times they felt great, but then at the end of the day, they knew that their job was far from finished. They knew that Trumpism is still prevalent and that these people who decided not to acknowledge Joe Biden as president are going to be a cancer in society and in the system.”- Fisher Stevens (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Nobody ever imagined images like that in the United States. We grow up with this mythology in America that American exceptionalism is so powerful that it can overcome anything. And I think, certainly in my generation, we haven't seen any real strife that's caused the country to feel so divided until recently. They were mourning the demise of some of the ways in which they saw the beauty of the country get desecrated. And I think it was very personal for them to know that they could’ve maybe had a hand in helping weaponize some of these ideas early on. January 6th, in many ways, is the Frankenstein that I don’t think they are directly responsible for, but I do think, as we show in the series, you draw a through-line from Palinism to Trumpism to where we are today.”- Karim Amer (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Karim and I thought we were just going to make a movie about this group and then things did take a turn... We didn’t judge it, we just kind of put our cameras on it and captured whatever we could and let all of them speak to all the allegations… Fortunately, the Lincoln Project is still working and still making great ads, it’s unfortunate that they’re not all doing it together… Like the public, we didn’t know what was going on. We were just filming and then all of a sudden these bombs dropped and as filmmakers, we just tried to capture what was going on.”- Fisher Stevens (Video: Washington Post Live)

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