Lin Wood, the attorney who has spread q-anon conspiracy theories in his efforts to prove that Donald Trump really won the 2020 election, has a lot of ideas about the inauguration of Joe Biden. At an event for a Republican candidate he’s been promoting, Wood shared some of his thoughts — including a theory about Garth Brooks’ participation.
A conspiracy theory has already circulated through some of the more extreme fringes of q-anon conspiracy theorists, positing that Biden’s inauguration was fake, and that he’s not actually currently in the White House. Some have even claimed that Biden is dead and that someone else is running the government, using elaborate deep fake videos or body doubles to maintain the illusion. In the clip below, from Wood’s own Telegram page, he spins the details of this theory, saying that if the inauguration really took place at noon, the sun wouldn’t have been causing speakers to squint (he uses the word “glint” in the video but clarified on his Telegram page that he meant “squint”), and that the sun wasn’t actually that bright on January 20th — when the inauguration took place — anyway, because there were snow flurries in D.C.
The Washington Post reported on the weather fluctuations throughout the day of the inauguration, and there were indeed snow flurries, but also clearer, sunnier periods. Participants were dressed for the cold, so much so that Senator Bernie Sanders’ gloves became a meme.
However, Wood doesn’t stop at the weather. He asserts that participants in the inauguration were engaged in some sort of unspecified act of treason, and claims as evidence country singer Garth Brooks’ quick exit.
“Y’all see Garth Brooks? He came down, he sang acapella, Amazing Grace. Did you see how fast he ran up the steps? Waved his cap and took off! He thought he was going to be arrested, because everybody that attended that fake inauguration, every single person, is guilty of treason!”
In the hypothetical alternate universe in which Wood postulates that performing at the inauguration was a criminal act, it’s not clear how he imagines that running off stage would be a protection against prosecution for an act caught on camera — but it might be the first time that anyone has declared one of Brooks’ performances a criminal act. Brooks has not since indicated any particular fear of arrest, nor gone into hiding.
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