According to a report from Politico, pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood -- who had a hand in Georgia Republicans losing two seats in the U.S. Senate -- has jumped into Republican Party politics in South Carolina and local GOP leaders there don't know what to do about him.
Wood, who has latched onto QAnon conspiracies in his attempts to prove Donald Trump had the 2020 presidential election stolen from him, is attempting to be elected as the chair of the South Carolina Republican Party and he is using his army of rabid followers to make his move.
That, in turn, has the GOP leadership of the state fearful of the damage he will do to their party should he succeed.
According to Politico's Marc Caputo, "Wood, who transformed from a top Atlanta trial lawyer to a leading election conspiracy theorist in November, moved to South Carolina in February. Then the firebrand lawyer shocked the political establishment in one of the GOP's most important state parties by mounting an unexpectedly strong challenge to the incumbent chairman, Drew McKissick. The outcome has out-sized implications because of South Carolina's role in GOP presidential primaries — the state hosts the first primary in the South, and almost always votes for the eventual Republican nominee."
Speaking in Aiken earlier this week, Wood stated, "We need some chaos in the Republican Party in South Carolina. Somebody needs to shake it up. So here I am, Mr. Shaker."
Those comments, and Wood's history of outrageous statements, have local GOP leadership shook up.
After "Wood activists accused outgoing county GOP Chair Nate Leupp of rigging local party elections as they picketed the local party office and Leupp's place of employment, a Christian music store called Majesty Music," Leupp told Caputo, "There's a lot of crazy going on in South Carolina," before adding Wood's adherents are made up of "pitchfork- and torch-bearers."
"All the politicos are buzzing with the same question: what in the world is going on South Carolina? You just can't make this stuff up," Leupp explained. "Big personalities are using a national narrative about Trump to their own advantage."
Noting that 870 delegates are set to vote for the new chair, with McKissick's people believing they will win, Caputo reports that Wood is taking a page from the Trump playbook with his people already claiming the election will be rigged so he loses.
One of the men who recruited Wood to run, Jeff Davis, has already been spreading that accusation.
"Davis accuses the party establishment of 'cheating' by rigging the delegate process, a claim disputed by party officials. He said some county party officials have refused to follow party rules concerning delegate names and qualifications," Caputo wrote, with Davis claiming, "They are afraid because this will obviously have an effect on the 2024 election. In 2016, the establishment … did its damnedest to stop Donald Trump. I don't think the establishment wants another Donald Trump. South Carolina is first in the South. We have a lot of influence on who will be the nominee."
Former state party chair Chad Connelly fired back at Wood and his supporters by claiming, "They're not Republicans. They're not conservative. They're anarchists," before adding, "I've had clothes at the dry cleaner longer than Lin Wood has been a resident of South Carolina."
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‘Embarrassment to our nation’: Jim Jordan faces furious backlash after using Capitol riot hearing to rant about Clinton
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) used his time during a committee hearing with Donald Trump's former acting attorney general and defense secretary to shout about Hillary Clinton, and it didn't go over well.
Chris Miller, the former acting defense secretary, and Jeffrey Rosen, the former acting attorney general, defended their actions after the November election and during the Jan. 6 insurrection Thursday during a hearing with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
The hearing revealed some of the deep partisan differences on the Capitol riot, exemplified by Jordan accusing Democrats of trying to overturn the 2016 election on behalf of Clinton -- who conceded immediately after losing the vote to Trump, who continues to insist that he won the 2020 election over President Joe Biden.
Jordan was so satisfied with his performance that he quickly tweeted out a clip of it, but others were less impressed.
@Jim_Jordan Those were the most ridiculous statements I’ve ever heard. Do you really think what you are asking has… https://t.co/b0f7S7VW2M— Leslie Phelps (@Leslie Phelps) 1620834718.0
It's Jim Jordan Time, ladies and gentlemen. And he's lying his ass off about Pennsylvania. He also is confused abou… https://t.co/Hk65SrTrmF— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce) 1620833723.0
Jim Jordan is a dreadful "statesman" and a general embarrassment to our nation.— Astrid Johanna (@Astrid Johanna) 1620833561.0
@Jim_Jordan It’s amazing you see a double standard. What Clinton said to media a few months ago didn’t start an ins… https://t.co/DGsqHCgM53— Holly Adamson (@Holly Adamson) 1620834449.0
Why is @Jim_Jordan asking about objecting to the insurrection by arguing the @DNC objected to the vote? No one stop… https://t.co/RoOOmtQYQC— that one chick (@that one chick) 1620834542.0
Jim Jordan is an embarrassment to his position in office. I find it embarrassing that we have these crazy people in… https://t.co/516RS5nnr1— @Old school Queen (@@Old school Queen) 1620834451.0
@Jim_Jordan There is no revisionist history, Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald Trump she didn’t incite an insurrec… https://t.co/QLBOjCu20A— Twinmom (@Twinmom) 1620836756.0
Hey, @Jim_Jordan Democrats in 2016 knit hats and went for a walk. "Republican" trump supporters tried to overthrow… https://t.co/1kJlG2sPIj— Amber Paige (@Amber Paige) 1620834064.0
Please go back to whatever you are doing. You can skip the bullshit @Jim_Jordan is now spewing.— Del Shores (@Del Shores) 1620833495.0
@Jim_Jordan your rant this morning was despicable. It had NOTHING to do with Jan 6th 2020! You're always EVASIVE, y… https://t.co/5WLKelpyUv— Papa Bear (@Papa Bear) 1620834434.0
Why is Jim Jordan re-litigating 2016 and not trying to get answers for what happened on Jan 6th? Could it be becaus… https://t.co/t56woWerqH— GOP is no more (@GOP is no more) 1620834218.0
@Jim_Jordan just listened to you at the hearing. Yes Hillary was disgruntled. The rest of us moved on and accepted… https://t.co/V5nmjea7kl— Ann Oliver (@Ann Oliver) 1620834066.0
Defenders of molesters like @Jim_Jordan love to equate objections to the ‘16 election (amidst active, unprecedented… https://t.co/6NLhLDXcQ0— Andrew Rudick (@Andrew Rudick) 1620834061.0
Jim Jordan is in a hearing about the TRUMP INSURRECTION bitching about Hillary Clinton!?! If Jim Jordan is still in… https://t.co/3J7gV1wZjv— Victor (@Victor) 1620834044.0
@Jim_Jordan Comparing Clinton's 2016 election to Biden's 2020 election is apples to oranges. Russia helped Trump! R… https://t.co/LvKHKdZFyF— Kay Pearce (@Kay Pearce) 1620833924.0
@Jim_Jordan needs to resign and have his mental checked. Wtf does Hilary Clinton have to do with anything? Still pe… https://t.co/jqREcL9Z5B— Meidas_Can_We_Restart_2021? (@Meidas_Can_We_Restart_2021?) 1620835399.0
@therecount @Jim_Jordan 1 - Clinton conceded at midnight 2 - Trump colluded, and Barr covered it up. (7 days ago) 👇 https://t.co/vO8pLlEuqY— JoyUS (@JoyUS) 1620834430.0
@DavidCornDC @Jim_Jordan He is also conflating. Hillary Clinton did not say the election was conducted unfairly at… https://t.co/W8WqwVD2Au— Jeff Leon (@Jeff Leon) 1620834021.0
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Election attorney Lin Wood claimed this week that former President Donald Trump maintains a secret backchannel to the U.S. military that allows him to order nuclear strikes.
Wood made the assertion during an event in Myrtle Beach, where he was campaigning to become the next South Carolina Republican Party chair. Video was later obtained by PatriotTakes.
"He won the election," Wood said of Trump. "Donald J. Trump is still the guy the military will call for the code if they need a first strike. Joe Biden is not the president of the United States."
"Amen," a woman in the audience replied. "Why can't somebody stop it? This is driving me crazy. Why doesn't somebody do something?"
Wood, however, argued that Trump's loss exposed problems in the election system which "would have never been fixed."
"This is about God," he said. "God is getting ready to clean up this world and he's got a lot of cleaning up to do in America. So we all want Trump to come back, yes, because some things are going to have to happen."
"My own personal belief is he signed the insurrection act," Wood insisted. "Nobody knows. He's not going to tell anybody. I think the military is prepared to act if we have a foreign threat or an internal threat that can't be handled by the police or National Guard. And we're going to allow what appears to be continuity of government... because he's cleaning things up."
Watch the video below.
Lin Wood states that Trump is still the president and that the military would call on him “for the code if they need a first strike." He also states he believes Trump signed the Insurrection Act in secret. pic.twitter.com/8eA5e1VPER
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) May 12, 2021
A Minnesota judge has ruled that the white former police officer convicted of the murder of African American George Floyd abused his authority and acted with "particular cruelty," paving the way for a potentially longer sentence.
Derek Chauvin, a 17-year veteran of the Minneapolis police department, is to be sentenced on June 25 for Floyd's May 25, 2020 killing.
Chauvin was captured on video kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old Floyd for more than nine minutes until he passed out and died.
Chauvin was convicted on April 20 of murder and manslaughter for his role in Floyd's death, which sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the world.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over Chauvin's high-profile trial, ruled that several "aggravating" factors would allow him to depart from Minnesota state sentencing guidelines.
Cahill, in a ruling made public on Wednesday, said Chauvin had abused his "position of trust and authority" as a police officer.
"The trust placed in defendant included trust that anyone arrested would be treated with respect and only with reasonable force and that medical needs would be addressed in a timely fashion," Cahill said.
The judge said Floyd was treated by Chauvin with "particular cruelty."
"It was particularly cruel to kill George Floyd slowly by preventing his ability to breathe when Mr. Floyd had already made it clear he was having trouble breathing," Cahill said.
Another aggravating factor, the judge said, was that children were present and "observed Mr. Floyd being asphyxiated as he begged for his life."
The most serious charge that Chauvin was convicted of -- second-degree murder -- carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
As a first-time offender, Chauvin had potentially faced 12 and a half years in prison on that count under state sentencing guidelines.
Cahill's ruling that there were aggravating factors will allow him to impose a stiffer sentence on the 45-year-old Chauvin, who also faces separate federal civil rights charges in connection with Floyd's death.
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