Todd Kincannon

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Todd Kincannon
James John Todd Kincannon

(1981-06-12) June 12, 1981 (age 42)
Education University of South Carolina School of Law (JD)
Occupation(s)Attorney, political activist, election worker
Known forPolitical commentary
Political party Republican
SpouseAshely Suzanne Griffith

James John Todd Kincannon (born June 12, 1981) is an American attorney and political activist known for his statements made regarding political issues and current events. His license to practice law was suspended in August 2015. In 2018, Kincannon made headlines when he was arrested for killing his mother's dog and claiming to be the second coming of Christ.


Early life and education

Kincannon earned a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2007, where he was a member of the South Carolina Law Review, the Order of the Barristers, and the Moot Court.


Kincannon briefly held the position of executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, resigning after three months. [1]

Court cases

Kincannon has been involved in a variety of high-profile election protests [2] [3] in South Carolina, several of which have been appealed to the South Carolina Supreme Court. The most notable of these is Gecy v. Bagwell , 642 S.E.2d 569 (S.C. 2007). [4] [5] This case was argued before the South Carolina Supreme Court, which unanimously reversed the circuit court order and affirmed the order of the Simpsonville Election Commission which ordered a new election. [6]

Another notable election protest involving Kincannon was Horton v. Elliott , [7] [8] where Kincannon was qualified as an expert witness with respect to election practices and procedures. In Horton v. Elliott, Kincannon offered extensive expert testimony as to the requirements of the Voting Rights Act and the standards for overturning elections in South Carolina. [9]

Public comments

Public statements on Ebola

During the Ebola epidemic of 2014, Kincannon made public his belief that all people infected with the disease (including US citizens) should immediately be executed:

The protocol for a positive Ebola test should be immediate humane execution and sanitization of the whole area. That will save lives." [10] "There's just no other way with Ebola. We need to be napalming villages from the air right now." [11] "People with Ebola in the US need to be humanely put down immediately" [11]

Via Twitter

A number of media outlets detailed a range of inflammatory messages he posted to his Twitter account [12] [13] in 2013, which include mocking Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin [14] and saying that transgender people should be placed in a concentration-style camp. [1] [15] [16] He also posted to his Twitter account that it was "a shame" that Michael Prysner, an Iraq War veteran turned anti-war organizer, "didn't come home in a body bag." [17] [18] His Twitter account was suspended in late 2013. [12] [19]


In early 2014, he created a new Twitter account named "Todd__Kincannon", on which he allegedly made sexist and homophobic statements, many referencing Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis in defamatory ways. [20] [21] [22] The traditionalist conservative author Rod Dreher highlighted tweets in which Kincannon, identifying himself as a Southern Baptist, labeled Dreher (who is Eastern Orthodox) a "papist" and compared infant baptism to Chinese water torture. [23] He also received backlash for boasting to the father of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl that he would attempt to convince the attorney general to pursue capital punishment for his son. [24] In September 2014, Kincannon tweeted that football player Ray Rice was justified in beating his fiancé. [25] In October of the same year, Kincannon posted a series of tweets advocating the murder of anyone contracting the Ebola virus, and blaming "the people of Africa" for its spread: "They could stop eating each other and learn calculus at any time". [26]

Alleged domestic abuse

On March 28, 2015, the alternative weekly Charleston City Paper reported that on March 26, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department dispatched to the Kincannon residence in response to "a possible domestic incident." According to the police report, Kincannon and his wife Ashely Griffith got into a fight in their car. When Griffith attempted to exit the vehicle in a Chick-fil-A parking lot, Kincannon allegedly grabbed Griffith's arm and accelerated, to which Griffith rolled down the window in hopes a bystander would hear and intervene. She then proceeded to make calls to her mother, and attempted to make an open-line 9-1-1 call. The report further stated Kincannon "threatened he would drive the car into a concrete barrier if the cops became involved" and "threatened to kill himself if Ashely left." Griffith told authorities their relationship has "a history of unreported domestic violence," including threats of suicide and threats of physical harm to Griffith and her family. [27]

Kincannon said he "accidentally overdosed" and claimed his behavior was a side effect of benzonatate, [28] which he was prescribed for an upper respiratory infection. In light of the suicide threats, he was sent to the Lexington Medical Center for further evaluation. [27]

On April 6, 2015, Kincannon was arrested in Lexington, SC for criminal domestic violence (CDV). [28] [29]

Revocation of law license

Kincannon had his license to practice law revoked on August 28, 2015 by the South Carolina Supreme Court. [30] The revocation generated from Kincannon's engaging in unbecoming antics in court and sending a variety of threatening and disturbing emails and faxes to people related to the court processes. [31]

Dog-killing incident

Early on July 26, 2018, police responded to a call from Kincannon's father who stated that Todd Kincannon had killed the family dog "with his bare hands." [32] Police found Todd Kincannon shirtless and covered in blood and dog hair on the front steps of his parents' home, claiming to be “the second coming of Christ.” [33] According to a police incident report, officers found "a deceased dog in the kitchen that appeared to have suffered numerous stab wounds and was laying in a large pool of blood." [34] Kincannon was taken by police to Greenville Memorial Hospital for psychological evaluation. [35] He was later charged with ill treatment of animals.". [32] Police reported that the S.C. Attorney General has said no bond will be set for Kincannon. [35]

See also

Notes and references

  1. 1 2 Eliza Shapiro (2013-03-28). "South Carolina Republicans Distance Themselves From Todd Kincannon". Daily Beast.
  2. Simpsonville to probe election protests, Greenville News, December 15, 2003.
  3. State Republican officials tackle Selby-Trout protest, Greenville News, July 10, 2004.
  4. Decision on election still several days off, Greenville News, November 17, 2005.
  5. Gecy v. Bagwell was designated by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a "Case of the Month."
  6. Court orders new Simpsonville election, Greenville News, February 20, 2007.
  7. Carey in; Elliott, Horton headed back to voters, Camden Chronicle-Independent, December 11, 2006. [DEAD LINK]
  8. Horton protests Recent District 6 special election, Camden Chronicle-Independent, April 21, 2007. [DEAD LINK]
  9. Transcript of April 23, 2007 Hearing, Horton v. Elliott.
  10. "Former GOP Official Suggests Executing Ebola Victims". Political Wire. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  11. 1 2 John Prager. "Pro-Life Tea Party Christian Todd Kincannon: Execute All Ebola Patients (Screenshots)". Americans Against the Tea Party. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  12. 1 2 V.Frago (25 April 2016). "Todd Kincannon's Deleted Tweets". InstaFamous Pro.
  13. David Ferguson (January 25, 2014). "Tea Party Republican spews vile, sexist Twitter attacks at Wendy Davis". Raw Story.
  14. Wattrick, Jeff (2013-02-04). "South Carolina Republican Bravely Tweets Similarities Between Trayvon Martin, Super Bowl".
  15. Michelle Garcia (2013-10-17). "Former GOP Official: Trans People Should Be 'Put in a Camp'". The Advocate.
  16. Todd Kincannon: Transgender people belong in camps
  17. Stand with anti-war veteran Mike Prysner against right-wing attacks! ANSWER Coalition, March 25, 2013.
  18. "Former SC GOP Chief Still Embarrassing One-Time Colleagues". SPLC. March 10, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  19. Erin Nanasi (January 22, 2014). "Former GOP Director Todd Kincannon's Twitter Feed is the Most Awful Thing Ever".
  20. John Prager (January 22, 2014). "TEApublican Todd Kincannon Calls Wendy Davis a 'Whore,' Says 'Lick My Taint' in Barrage of Vile Tweets".
  21. Lachman, Samantha (2014-01-27). "Tea Party Republican Goes On Sexist Twitter Rampage Against Wendy Davis". The Huffington Post .
  22. Elias Isquith (January 27, 2014). "Tea Party troll Todd Kincannon goes on misogynistic anti-Wendy Davis Twitter rant".
  23. "The Pro-Torture Palin Populists". 29 April 2014.
  24. [ bare URL image file ]
  25. "The Worst Tweet By A Republican About The Ray Rice Domestic Violence Incident". Addicting Info. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  26. Kaufman, Scott (2014-10-05). "Former SC GOP director: Execute anyone who comes into contact with Ebola — 'it's just math'". The Raw Story .
  27. 1 2 Paul Bowers (March 28, 2015). "Former SCGOP head accused of threatening his wife". Charleston City Paper.
  28. 1 2 "Todd Kincannon Arrested". FITSNews. April 6, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  29. "Sheriff: Attorney, Former SC GOP Director Arrested". WLTX. April 6, 2015.
  30. "Order of The Supreme Court of South Carolina". August 28, 2015.
  31. "Supreme Court Drops Hammer On Todd Kincannon". FitsNews. August 29, 2015.
  32. 1 2 "Former state GOP leader kills mother's dog, claims he's 'the second coming of Christ,' police say". Washington Post. August 3, 2018.
  33. "Ex-leader of state's GOP says he killed dog on God's command". NBC News. August 3, 2018.
  34. "Police Report: Ex-GOP Official Calls Himself Second Christ, Sacrifices Dog". Talking Points Memo. August 3, 2018.
  35. 1 2 Feit, Noah (August 2, 2018). "Ex-leader of SC Republican Party says he's Christ and God told him to kill mom's dog, police say". The State .

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