In yet another sign of an apparently fracturing QAnon movement, extremist attorney and QAnon conspiracy acolyte Lin Wood is now claiming that the “stop the steal” campaign alleging voter fraud in the presidential election is a concoction of the “deep state.”
“After doing the research and connecting the dots, I have reached the conclusion that the Stop the Steal organization is a Deep State organization to raise money for purposes other than to FIX 2020. … WATCH OUT for anyone affiliated with Stop the Steal. Every lie will be revealed,” Wood wrote on the right-wing social media platform Telegram on Friday.
Wood has been one of the biggest proponents of the baseless claim that the presidential election was rigged against Donald Trump.
The bizarre development comes after Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted last week of killing two people at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year, has publicly criticized Wood, who was Rittenhouse’s first attorney.
Rittenhouse has accused Wood of mishandling $2 million raised for his bail, forcing him to stay in jail for 87 days, and “using” him “for a cause.”
In an interview with the cable channel NewsNation, he called Wood “insane” and said, “He thinks he’s God and he just says all these weird things.”
While many on social media rushed to Wood’s defense, other right-wingers attacked him, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who called him “horrible;” former Trump aide and far-right radio host Sebastian Gorka; lawyer Sidney Powell; and felon and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whom Wood had asked for help.
On Saturday, Wood asked on Telegram for a face-to-face meeting with some of his new critics so that “we can amicably discuss the ‘war’ between us and search for a peaceful resolution.”
He acknowledged a serious “division,” which “presents a challenging situation in a critical time in our history.”
Rittenhouse is now demanding that the money Wood raised for his bail be used to pay his current attorneys.
Wood, who has discounted Rittenhouse’s complaints, said he is “open” to using funds to help pay Rittenhouse’s defense bills. But Wood also claimed that his organization spent $2.7 million on Rittenhouse’s defense before the teen signed on with new attorneys.
Rittenhouse said in the NewsNation interview that he and his mother fired Wood last December because “he was going on with all this QAnon and election fraud stuff, and just stuff we don’t agree with.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that aired last week, Rittenhouse said that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement, even though he was photographed in January flashing what a white power sign in a bar with a group of Proud Boys.