“If you try to kill the King, you better not miss.”
James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account for tweeting what appeared to be a warning to the “deep state.”
The conservative actor’s girlfriend, Sara Miller, tweeted about the ban on April 20. She included a screen grab of a message Woods had apparently received from Twitter, informing him that he had violated the platform’s rules against “abusive behavior.”
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The message cited a tweet Woods had posted and pinned to the top of his page a day earlier, saying: “‘If you try to kill the King, you better not miss.’ #HangThemAll.
— Sara Miller (@Millerita) April 20, 2019
Woods’ tweet paraphrased a quote by American philosopher-poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great critic of government and articulator of the American ideal of individualism.
Twitter may have viewed the post, which has since been taken down, as a threat against President Donald Trump’s critics, which would violate its terms of service.
Woods made the comment a day after the Mueller report was made public. The redacted document showed that the special counsel had determined the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election, and it convinced Attorney General William Barr that President Donald Trump also did not obstruct justice.
The Oscar-winning actor – an infamously ruthless Trump supporter – has joined the president and other conservatives in accusing the Obama-era Justice Department of targeting the Republican while giving a pass to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
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He has called for an investigation to hold the deep state accountable and said that Clinton deserves to be in jail for her behavior related to using a private email server for classified government work. Barr recently said he will look into how James Comey’s FBI handled the Trump and Clinton probes.
Twitter’s ban of Woods, which appeared to be temporary since the account remains viewable, revived complaints about its alleged anti-conservative bias.
TWO MONTNS AFTER DE-PLATFORMING THE HEALTH RANGER, TWITTER BANS JAMES WOODS FOR EXPOSING THE TREASON OF THE DEEP STATE COUP AGAINST TRUMP ( that is totally ridiculous ! Actors have said worse.. they have it in for him because he is so popular ) https://t.co/YnIUS6pK31
— BK (@BKaysac) April 30, 2019
Woods was previously locked out of Twitter in September for joking about a satirical male feminist meme, which he acknowledged was probably fake.
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) September 23, 2018
In 2016, Woods briefly quit the platform out of frustration with alleged censorship.
“Since [Twitter] is now in the #censorship business, I will no longer use its service for my constitutional right to free speech. #GoodbyeAll,” he said.
In an appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that the company had probably been “way too aggressive” in banning purveyors of the conservative “learn to code” meme. He also promised to improve transparency.
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