The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Lin Wood, left, and President Trump

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian / Wikimedia Commons

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Trump campaign lawyer Lin Wood may have gone off the deep end with his latest threatening tweet aimed at Vice President Mike Pence.

On Friday, Jan. 1, Wood took to Twitter with a barrage of tweets as he slammed Democrats and Republicans of being "main participants in the theft of the election,"according to The Daily Beast. Wood also claimed that Pence, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should be arrested for alleged treason. He suggested that Pence should face "execution by firing squad."

"When arrests for treason begin, put Chief Justice John Roberts, VP Mike Pence @VP @Mike_Pence, & Mitch McConnell @senatemajldr at top of list," Wood tweeted.

Then, he replied to another Twitter user saying "If Pence is arrested, @SecPompeo will save the election. Pence will be in jail awaiting trial for treason. He will face execution by firing squad. He is a coward & will sing like a bird & confess ALL."



It did not take long for Wood's tweets to catch the attention of Twitter users. Trump's campaign has sought to distance from Wood's dangerous remarks. Jenna Ellis, one of Trump's campaign lawyers, also spoke out against Wood tweeting, "To be clear: I do not support the statements from Attorney Lin Wood. I support the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution."



In fact, Wood's disturbing tweets even caught the attention of his former client, Nick Sandmann, the conservative teen who Wood represented in his defamation case against multiple news outlets. He also admitted how disturbing and bizarre Wood's tweets were.

"I'm sorry but what the hell," Sandmann tweeted.


One Twitter user quickly came to Wood's defense noting the outcome of Wood's case which led to substantial settlements. However, Sandmann doubled down on his stance as he again insisted that Wood's tweets went too far.

He tweeted, "No, the truth is. And truthfully, this is a dumb tweet."

Despite the backlash he has faced, Wood has dismissed speculation about his sanity.With a quote from Vernon Linwood Howard, Wood tweeted a response saying, "The tweets about my insanity are at an all-time high this morning. Wonder why? No worries. I am fine. The attacks do not concern me. "A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep."



Over the last several weeks, Wood has been at the center of Trump's post-election legal battle one that has produced no changes in the outcome of the presidential election.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Supreme Court of the United States

YouTube Screenshot

A new analysis is explaining the disturbing circumstances surrounding the overturning of Roe v. Wade and how the U.S. Supreme Court has morphed into an entity actively working toward authoritarianism.

In a new op-ed published by The Guardian, Jill Filipovic —author of the book, The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness—offered an assessment of the message being sent with the Supreme Court's rollback of the 1973 landmark ruling.

Keep reading... Show less

Billionaires

YouTube Screenshot

After a year of reporting on the tax machinations of the ultrawealthy, ProPublica spotlights the top tax-avoidance techniques that provide massive benefits to billionaires.

Last June, drawing on the largest trove of confidential American tax data that’s ever been obtained, ProPublica launched a series of stories documenting the key ways the ultrawealthy avoid taxes, strategies that are largely unavailable to most taxpayers. To mark the first anniversary of the launch, we decided to assemble a quick summary of the techniques — all of which can generate tax savings on a massive scale — revealed in the series.

1. The Ultra Wealth Effect

Our first story unraveled how billionaires like Elon Musk, Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos were able to amass some of the largest fortunes in history while paying remarkably little tax relative to their immense wealth. They did it in part by avoiding selling off their vast holdings of stock. The U.S. system taxes income. Selling stock generates income, so they avoid income as the system defines it. Meanwhile, billionaires can tap into their wealth by borrowing against it. And borrowing isn’t taxable. (Buffett said he followed the law and preferred that his wealth go to charity; the others didn’t comment beyond a “?” from Musk.)

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}