Lin Wood's Twitter Suspended, Pro-Trump Lawyer Talks of 'Coup' on Parler

Twitter has suspended the account of controversial lawyer, Donald Trump supporter and QAnon conspiracy theorist Lin Wood after he posted a series of tweets about the mob storming the U.S. capitol.

Wood claimed those who smashed their way into the building were antifa supporters. "Do not be fooled. Trump supporters are peaceful. It was antifa that created the violence in our cities over the past several months," he wrote.

Responding to an image of a pro-Trump rioter occupying the Senate chamber, he wrote: "Discernment."

After his account was suspended, he took to the social media platform Parler to claim a "coup" was underway.

"The time has come Patriots," he wrote. "This is our time. Time to take back our country. Time to fight for our freedom. Pledge your lives, your fortunes, & your sacred honor. There will not be another chance. Speak TRUTH. Be FEARLESS. Almighty God is with you. TODAY IS OUR DAY."

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Members of the D.C. National Guard are deployed outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. Trump supporters remain outside, defying a 6:00 p.m. curfew imposed across the city by Mayor Muriel Bowser. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images

The Twitter account of his Fightback organisation, which its website says was established to "defeat the evil forces of the left," was also suspended.

In a generic explanation attached to the suspension note, Twitter said Wood's account violated the company's rules, which include threatening or promoting violence.

A Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek the two accounts were suspended "for violating Twitter's ban evasion policy," which the company said prohibits attempts to circumvent prior enforcement, including through the creation of new accounts.

Wood drew criticism last week after tweeting that Vice President Mike Pence would "face execution by firing squad" for allowing the Democrats to "steal" the 2020 presidential election.

The lawyer, who has lost several lawsuits challenging Trump's election loss, claimed in a Twitter post on New Year's Day that "Globalists like George Soros & the Elitists like Bill Gates were involved" in "attempting to steal the 20/20 election for [Joe] Biden."

He added: "These groups aspire to the goals of Communism. A ruling elite & an oppressed class of people who exist to serve those in power.

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

Wood frequently publicizes right-wing political opinions on social media and backs Trump's unsubstantiated claims that voter fraud altered results of the general election.

On Wednesday, Wood used Twitter to criticize Mitch McConnell following the Senate majority leader's public remarks confirming his opposition to lawmakers' electoral vote challenge.

Wood called the senator a "traitor" and "communist sympathizer" and wrote "lock him up."

Those comments came after McConnell warned that overturning the 2020 election "by mere allegations from the losing side" would see U.S. democracy "enter a death spiral."

On Tuesday, Wood was the subject of a request for disbarment by the city of Detroit, Michigan after filing a November lawsuit that sought to overturn the results of the state's presidential elections.

The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Linda Parker as "an amalgamation of theories, conjecture, and speculation."

On Tuesday, lawyers for the City of Detroit filed a motion to disbar Wood and other attorneys involved in creating the lawsuit, saying it had "so many objectively false allegations in the Complaint that it is not possible to address all of them in a single brief."

Newsweek contacted Wood and the Fightback organisation for comment.