The tweet, "If you try to kill the King, you better not miss. #HangThemAll” would be recognized by many from an iconic scene in the HBO series The Wire. Woods later told The Daily Wire "Twitter demanded that I rescind my tweet paraphrasing Emerson." He continued, observing: "It now seems they have chosen to delete that tweet from my account without my permission. Until free speech is allowed on Twitter, I will not be permitted to participate in our democracy with my voice. As long as Jack Dorsey remains the coward he seems to be, my Twitter days are in the past."
The original Emerson quote “when you strike at a king, you must kill him” was his warning to a young writer he knew, warning him not to write critiques of legendary men like Plato unless one has a strong enough argument.
Conservatives have been in a state of high alert after a slew of recent deplatformings. The president himself weighed in, asking via tweet, "How can it be possible that James Woods (and many others), a strong but responsible Conservative Voice, is banned from Twitter?”