After new Twitter owner Elon Musk released Friday the first batch of tweets showing that Democrats had called on the giant social media platform to suppress opposition posts, conservative actor James Woods told Musk he’d gladly be a plaintiff in a Musk-funded class action suit.
Woods, appearing on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Channel show as the tweets were being released, said that his career had been destroyed by the targeting of conservative celebrities:
“I’m not a celebrity, I’m hardly recognizable anymore because my career has been destroyed by these very people. And I will too, and I’m hoping other people will too. And if it turns out there are a lot of us on this list, where the DNC targeted us, and I will quote the immortal words of Joseph Welch when he attacked Joe McCarthy, with the enemies list he had: ‘At long last sir, have you no shame?’
“President Biden, all of your proxies, little operatives in the DNC who have targeted American citizens. Have you, Mr. President, have all of you. at last, no shame?”
“And of course, the answer is no, they don’t have shame,” Carlson replied.
“You know what I was suspended for? Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson. Can you imagine, that’s how crazy these people are,” Woods said.
Woods announced that he will be suing the Democratic National Committee because – win or lose – he wants to stand up for Americans’ rights:
“I can guarantee you one thing, more than anything else you’ll ever hear in your life, I will be getting a lawyer, I will be suing the Democratic National Committee. No matter what, whether I win or lose, I am going to stand up for the rights of every American.”
“Twitter acting by itself to suppress free speech is not a 1st amendment violation, but acting under orders from the government to suppress free speech, with no judicial review, is,” Musk tweeted Friday, commenting on the release of a trove of tweets suggesting Democrats directed the censorship of conservatives.
“Agree. How would you like to fund a class action suit for those who were suppressed? I’ll be happy to be lead plaintiff. Thank you, @elonmusk,” Woods offered, replying to Musk’s tweet.
Agree. How would you like to fund a class action suit for those who were suppressed? I’ll be happy to be lead plaintiff. Thank you, @elonmusk https://t.co/zAAjcEnoFu— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 3, 2022
On Friday, Woods said that he believes that thousands of people in the entertainment industry have been blackballed because of things they’ve tweeted, or because of who they follow – and that those people should band together to file a class action suit:
“I am not going to take it sitting down. I think these people are vermin, for doing this to other people.
“Let’s not talk about me for a moment, let’s talk about simple individuals who put out a tweet and now their lives are destroyed. You know, casting directors, literally in my business, literally go online, and they check every actor who comes in for a part to see who they’re following? If an actor or an actress is following me, they will blacklist them, all right?”
“It’s about time this is torn open. And I will tell you this, it’s not just me, but if you take the thousands of people that I’m sure they did this to and you got a class action suit, they might not be so happy about that.”
Conservative actress Kristy Swanson appears to be a candidate to join the class action suit, if it emerges. In response to Woods's tweet to Musk suggesting the suit, Swanson replied, "yes, Yes, YES, please" along with emojis of hands in prayer and a red heart.
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