A man who pretended to toast retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was seized upon by security and slammed to the ground after he flipped the switch and called the former national security adviser a “traitor.”
A video posted online shows the disrupter getting body-slammed at an event called “Rock The Red” held over the weekend in Greenville, S.C.
“I’d like to make a toast to Gen. Flynn,” the man begins. “Would everybody please raise their glasses?”
He then says: “General Flynn is the biggest scumbag traitor in the history of this country” — before going on to mention former President Donald Trump in the same breath.
Within seconds, at least two men set upon the disrupter, with one taking the microphone away while the other slams him to the ground. It’s not clear from the video what happens next.
According to the Greenville News, Flynn spoke along with attorney Lin Wood and South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis on Saturday at the event which was held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center.
Pressley Stutts, chair of the Greenville Tea Party, organized the event, the local paper reported. More than 300 tickets to the event had been sold as of late last week to people from more than 12 states.
“We are all about educating, motivating, and activating people,” Stutts told the Greenville News.
Wood, who first gained fame as the lawyer who represented Richard Jewell, a security guard falsely accused of masterminding the 1996 bombing at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, led several ultimately unsuccessful lawsuits following the 2020 election. The suits were aimed at overturning election results in Georgia and other states he believed were fraudulently cast to oust then-President Trump.
Wood moved from Georgia to South Carolina earlier this year to challenge Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick, but Trump backed the incumbent who easily defeated Wood.
Flynn, a retired three-star general who led the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama but was sacked over his reported opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI in 2017 after having lasted only a few weeks in his position as Trump’s national security adviser. He would later withdraw his plea after retaining former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell; Trump pardoned him on Nov. 25, 2020.
Stutts went on to say that some speculation has Wood and Flynn teaming up for a White House bid in 2024 unless Trump decides to run again.
“If Donald J. Trump decides to get back in the race, they obviously would defer to him,” Stutts told the Greenville News. “If he says he’s not running, I think all options are on the table at that point.”
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