'The knives are out': Report details how pro-Trump ‘conspiracy theorists’ are tearing themselves apart
Following the 2020 presidential election, attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne had a common goal: promoting the false and debunked claim that the election had been stolen from then-President Donald Trump. But a year later, journalist Matt Shuham emphasizes in Talking Points Memo, this crowd has become an example of bitter infighting in MAGA World.
“A year ago, they were pro-Trump conspiracy theorists at the top of their game,” Shuham notes. “In early December 2020, Lin Wood and Sidney Powell addressed a packed crowd in Georgia together. Wood modeled a ‘General Flynn’ ballcap and promised to ‘fight like a Flynn,’ a tribute to Powell’s client Michael Flynn, who Wood likened to George Washington. The day prior, Flynn and Wood both endorsed martial law and a national re-vote.”
Shuham continues, “A couple weeks after that, Flynn, Powell and Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock.com, were in the Oval Office, speaking directly to Trump. For several hours, they went over the so-called ‘evidence’ that the crew argued justified a second Trump term. Now, that’s all in the past. The knives are out.”
The tension, according to Shuham, came about after teenage vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse criticized Wood (who had previously represented him).
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“Wood was clearly stung most of all, though, by what he thought was a cold shoulder from his former allies Powell — ‘Crickets,’ he said — and Michael Flynn, the latter of whom had once called Wood ‘one of the greatest patriots of our time,’” Shuham observes. “So, in a November 23 Telegram post, Wood started airing dirty laundry.”
After attacking Powell and Flynn, Shuham notes, Wood went after Byrne.
“Byrne responded in a jittery, 30-minute video that started with him denying Wood’s Telegram posts as ‘kookiness,’” Shuham explains. “A little later, he pointed his middle finger at the camera — a gesture addressed to Flynn’s detractors.”
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