Conservative actor James Woods responded to Twitter’s release of internal company documents Friday night, which showed that Democrats targeted one of his tweets for censorship, by announcing that he will be filing a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk released internal company documents through journalist Matt Taibbi about the company’s censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story during the 2020 presidential election that showed that top officials at the company were in regular contact with Democrats and censored content that Democrats wanted removed.
One of the tweets published by Taibbi showed that Democrats flagged a tweet from Woods to be removed by the company.
9. Celebrities and unknowns alike could be removed or reviewed at the behest of a political party: pic.twitter.com/4uzkHnQ65E
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 2, 2022
Woods joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson as Taibbi was releasing the internal information from Twitter.
“I’ve been a target of these people for six years. They have destroyed my career,” Woods said. “They have destroyed my livelihood. They’ve destroyed my faith in this country that my family has defended in the military since the Revolutionary War.”
“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,” he said. “I’m not a celebrity, I’m hardly recognizable anymore because my career has been destroyed by these very people.”
“If I have to be the flag-bearer for this, then so be it. I’ll be proud to do it,” Woods added. “The government of the United States conspired to take my free speech and throw it in the gutter. And there’s something that they should fear more than anything they have ever imagined in their wildest dreams. The most dangerous man, these corrupt, vile vermin is an American, who’s not afraid of him, and Joe Biden, and all those rats who work with you at the DNC, to close down my speech, I am not afraid of you. And I’m coming for you.”
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST: “One of the things we’ve learned already is that Twitter, under pressure from Democrats, deleted a tweet from the legendary actor James Woods, who had strayed outside the lines by criticizing Hunter Biden and the DNC told, this before the last election, told Twitter to take it down. And so they did. James Woods joins us now by phone. James Woods, are you there?
JAMES WOODS, ACTOR: Yes, I am Tucker, so nice to talk to you.
CARLSON: It’s great to talk to you. I vaguely remember when your tweet was pulled down. You of course, remember it. Did you suspect at the time, it was pulled down at the direct request of the Democratic National Committee?
WOODS: I’m not surprised at all. I’m shocked the way any other American would be if he were a target of a presidential candidate, and a major political party. But here’s why I’m not shocked. … You may be surprised to know that there was a lawsuit a while back, a woman accused me of saying that she gave a Nazi salute, and there was a whole bunch of stuff about it on Twitter. And I didn’t, I actually asked why would somebody say that about her. Without going into the details of that lawsuit, it turned out that the DNC was behind that, I won the lawsuit in federal court. It wasn’t reported very much. I’ve been a target of these people for six years, they have destroyed my career. They have destroyed my livelihood. They’ve destroyed my faith in this country that my family has defended in the military since the Revolutionary War. I’m about to be inducted into the [Sons of the American Revolution]. I cannot, you’re catching me a bit off guard because I literally just walked in the door. And my wife said, have you seen your phone? I was at the firing range, believe it or not practicing for [inaudible] rights under the Second Amendment, which I guess now that I don’t have any first amendment rights anymore, I’m glad that I still have some Second Amendment. I think the whole thing is astonishing. I’m just I’m, I’m for the first time of my life, honestly, speechless.
CARLSON: Well, it is astonishing as you just pointed out, civil laws used extensively by the left to really crush people on the right, Alex Jones just had a billion dollar settlement against him because he said something that, he didn’t hurt anybody, he said something people didn’t like, and they wrecked his life and the lives of many other people, and they tried to wreck yours. Is there some kind of legal or civil recourse that you would have against the people who violated your First Amendment rights?
WOODS: 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. [inaudible] not a so called celebrity. 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?
CARLSON: Yeah. And of course, the answer is no, they don’t have shame. But we, we will be following that. And there may be more, clearly they were fixated on you, which I hope you take as a compliment, but also propels you forward to bring justice.
WOODS: I think it is a compliment, but it’s, you know, it’s a big price to pay. It’s not a lot of fun. I loved my career for 50 years, I was happy to be an award winning and honored and appreciated actor, and I miss my career, and these people took it from me, and they’ll pay a price later in my life, you know, but I have to say, 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. They really are in trouble right now, I think. I think this will be something that will, they’re not going to be happy about in the long run. And you know, what am I going to get at it? I don’t know. But I’m going to sue for [inaudible], there was a guy who called me a cocaine addict on Twitter once, I’ve never done drugs in my life. And they even stipulated, ‘Well, he was just doing it as hyperbole.’ I sued him, I won that suit. [Inaudible] … I can’t talk about it because of the settlement that we did, much more than that. And someone says, ‘Why would you do it?’ I said because I want to defend my name, I’m not gonna let them slander me like this. That was libel in that case … but I’m not going to put up with it. And if I have to be the flag-bearer for this, then so be it. I’ll be proud to do it.
CARLSON: You should be proud.
WOODS: I want to say in closing you may notice that I never talk to the press anymore. I’m asked every day. Okay, I’ve left Twitter as my only source of public, any statement I might make, because I always say, ‘those are my words, you’re not going to alter it by doing slow motion video of me in black and white and all that crap that they do.’ But they’ve been doing this as a Jihad against conservative people, I was blocked on Twitter for eight months. You know what I was suspended for? Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson. Can you imagine, that’s how crazy these people are. And one of the things that I said on Twitter once, and it’s become kind of a meme: ‘scratch a liberal, and you’ll find a fascist every time.’ Let me tell you, these Democrats, and now I can say it because they are now my enemy. They declared this, not me. But when they go around calling everybody, ‘Oh this is a fascist,’ and so on, you know who the fascists are? Scratch a liberal and you will find a fascist, every time. Every time.
CARLSON: Well, I’m, I realize you don’t want to do television interviews, but you are always welcome on this show, because that’s one of the most amazing conversations I’ve had in a while. And I’m really grateful that we reached you tonight.
WOODS: … I looked at my phone. I literally had hundreds of messages. I go what the hell, what’s going on? And so I can’t speak about this [with] the informed consent that I would like to and I can’t speak as intelligently as I would like to, but, you know, when you see your name on an enemies list, you want to say to your enemies, you know, really an interesting thing. When you declare somebody as your enemy, they can now say, ‘you’re my enemy too.’ And the funny thing about the Constitution, you know, I tweeted something today about James Monroe. You know, James Monroe, President of the United States by the way later on, you know how old he was when they signed the Declaration of Independence? He was 18 years old. 18 years old. Okay? John Adams was 19 years old. [You know you have these people that complain about] ‘these old white man wrote the Constitution.’ They were teenagers fighting for an independent way of life, fighting for rights, the most precious of which, the most precious of which was the right to free speech. And the government of the United States conspired to take my free speech and throw it in the gutter. And there’s something that they should fear more than anything they have ever imagined in their wildest dreams. The most dangerous man, these corrupt, vile vermin is an American, who’s not afraid of him, and Joe Biden, and all those rats who work with you at the DNC, to close down my speech, I am not afraid of you. And I’m coming for you.