Anti-Trump Conservative Group, Led by George Conway and Rick Wilson, Endorses Joe Biden

Conservative Republican group The Lincoln Project endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president Wednesday.

Co-founder of The Lincoln Project, George Conway, has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. Conway is also the husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

"The problem with Donald Trump is he always sees himself first," Conway said on MSNBC in November. "Trump is all about Trump."

Other members of The Lincoln Project include Republican strategists Jennifer Horn, John Weaver and media consultant Rick Wilson, author of the book Everything Trump Touches Dies.

"We are proud to endorse @JoeBiden for President," the tweet read. "As America contends with unprecedented loss, we need a leader who can steady the ship, heal our common wounds, and lead us into our next national chapter. Joe Biden has the humanity, empathy and steadiness we need in a leader."

Newsweek reached out to Biden's campaign for comment.

In an op-ed piece published in December by The New York Times, The Lincoln Project said their "efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line."

"Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort," the article continued.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden received an endorsement of his presidential campaign on Wednesday from conservative Republican group, The Lincoln Project. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Anti-Trump efforts by The Lincoln Project include advertising campaigns, articles and social media posts.

The group's endorsement of Biden came on the same day that Biden's main Democratic opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, suspended his campaign for the presidential nomination.

"I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth," Sanders said Wednesday in a live-streamed speech. "And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden and the path toward victory is virtually impossible."

Sanders, who used his Medicare For All plan as a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, also said the coronavirus pandemic was a factor in his decision to drop out of the race.

"I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour," Sanders said Wednesday.

Sanders' absence from the race makes Biden the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, although Sanders will remain on the ballot in some states that have yet to hold their presidential primaries.

"Bernie has done something rare in politics," Biden said in a Wednesday statement. "He hasn't just run a political campaign; he's created a movement. And make no mistake about it, I believe it's a movement that is as powerful today as it was yesterday."

Recent data from Real Clear Politics shows Biden leading Trump in the polls by an average of 6.1 points.