Leader of National Anti-Trump Operation Arrested for Allegedly Soliciting Boy, 15


Over and over and over again, leftists and anti-Trumpers have chastised the country for electing and supporting former President Donald Trump in spite of numerous shaky allegations of sexual misconduct.

At the very same time, those same people ally themselves with alleged child predators.

You can’t make this stuff up.

According to WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Florida, Joel Searby, a NeverTrump political consultant, was arrested Thursday on various charges related to allegedly attempting to meet up with and molest a 15-year-old boy.

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In 2016, Searby ran Evan McMullin’s independent campaign for president, a last-ditch effort backed by multiple NeverTrumpers — including, notably, the Lincoln Project’s Rick Wilson, as reported by The Washington Post.

The arrest report from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said the 43-year-old began speaking to the boy via the picture-messaging app Snapchat on Wednesday.

Authorities said Searby sent the young teen explicit photographs, described sexual encounters, asked if he had ever had a crush on an older man and eventually attempted to set up a secret meeting with the boy at Searby’s home.

Does it now look like there’s a sick, even demonic element working among some of the anti-Trumpers?

Law enforcement officials were made aware of the messages, and on Thursday morning, officials took over the 15-year-old’s end of the conversation.

Authorities then executed a search warrant on Searby’s home, arrested him and charged him with lewd and lascivious behavior, communication to lure a minor, communication to travel to meet a minor and using a communication device to commit a felony, WCJB reported.

Oddly enough, Searby isn’t the only member of the NeverTrump crowd to face these kinds of heinous allegations.

Wilson’s Lincoln Project also had to deal with some of its own after the group’s co-founder, John Weaver, was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior toward young men and teens.

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In 2021, 21 young men accused Weaver of sending them unsolicited sexual messages, sometimes in exchange for career advancement opportunities. One said he was just 14 when the Lincoln Project co-founder approached him.

Weaver eventually apologized for his actions.

“To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” he said, according to Axios.

Many Republican NeverTrumpers have found themselves the darlings of left-wing media.

They are praised and celebrated for standing by their “convictions.”

Yes, the left condemns Trump for various questionable sexual misconduct allegations and his 2005 comment that women “let you” grab them — all while aligning itself with alleged pedophiles.

Again, you can’t make this stuff up.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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