Lin Wood Says Trump 'Plays Chess at a Level We Will Never Fully Understand' After Losing SC Race

Election conspiracy theorist and attorney Lin Wood claimed on Sunday that former President Donald Trump is a "genius" who was playing high-level political chess when he endorsed Wood's South Carolina primary rival prior to an election he went on to lose Saturday.

The vehemently pro-Trump lawyer, who helped lead the former president's election challenges, failed to defeat South Carolina GOP chairman Drew McKissick's re-election bid yesterday. Wood, who vowed to bring "chaos" to the state's Republican Party, told his Telegram app followers that McKissick is a "cheater" who should be labeled "Fake Chairman." Wood issued a statement online Sunday that sought to push back against critics who mocked him because Trump endorsed McKissick. Wood insisted Trump is up to some grand plan that the public simply can't understand.

Wood's Sunday statement appeared to offer an explanation for Trump endorsing his rival despite his ardent efforts to help the former president overturn his election defeat against President Joe Biden.

Wood wrote, "I support President Trump 100%. President Trump is a genius. He plays chess at a level we will never fully understand. I was honored by his description of me as a 'strong and talented' opponent. Upon further reflection, I understand his endorsement of my opponent, Drew McKissick. My faith in President Trump has never wavered. He is doing God's will for our country."

Trump officially endorses incumbent Drew McKissick over conspiracy theorist Lin Wood in the race for SC GOP Chair.

— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) May 14, 2021

And then in a parting shot at both the South Carolina Republican Party and McKissick, Wood added, "P.S. The SCGOP is a swamp. In time, the RINOS will be defeated. Watch it happen."

Wood has recently made numerous false claims about the "rigged election" and has continued to characterize himself as Trump's number one supporter—even after the former president endorsed his GOP rival. McKissick handily defeated Wood in the chairman election Saturday, receiving two-thirds of the vote from the party's 861 delegates. Wood's Saturday afternoon Telegram statement went on to describe the election as having been manipulated by the state's political "establishment."

A video from last Tuesday emerged out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which showed Wood making outlandish claims, such as Trump still legally being considered the president. Wood stated that the U.S. military would call on the former president "for the code if they need a first strike," and he claimed Trump likely signed the "Insurrection Act" during a secret meeting.

Newsweek reached out to Wood's offices Sunday afternoon for additional remarks about the election loss and Trump endorsing his opponent.

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Lin Wood continued to praise Donald Trump on Sunday, despite Trump endorsing the rival who beat Wood Saturday in the race to lead South Carolina’s GOP. Above, Wood speaks the reporters on December 3, 2019 in Los Angeles. APU GOMES / Staff/Getty Images