If being an insufferable douche cannon were a crime, Todd Kincannon would be serving a life sentence.
Instead, Kincannon was arrested on criminal domestic violence (DV) charges in connection with an incident in late March, in which he physically and verbally threatened his wife.
Kincannon claims he has no memory of the incident because he had overdosed on a drug called Benzonatate and that he lost control of his arms, brain and personality. A quick search online for overdose symptoms on the prescription cough medicine does not indicate that a loss of control is a common side effect.
The former executive director for the South Carolina Republican Party was booked into Lexington County jail on March 26 after he and his wife, Ashely Griffith, got into an argument while driving home from an event. Kincannon began yelling at Griffith, threatening her, speeding through traffic and would not stop the car so she could leave. She rolled down the windows of her car to yell for help at passing motorists.
Eventually, the right-wing a**hat pulled into a Chick-fil-A (go figure) and when Griffith tried exiting the vehicle he grabbed her arm to prevent her from leaving. According to the Charleston City Paper, Kincannon pulled her back into the vehicle and Griffith called 911 so they could hear what her husband was saying to her. When Kincannon saw a patrol vehicle, he ‘freaked’ out and threatened to run the car into a concrete barrier if the police got involved.
The officer reported that Kincannon said that the couple had gotten into an argument over Kincannon touching his wife’s leg at a work event. He denied that any physical altercation had taken place, and there was no evidence of such.
However, when the Sheriff’s deputy spoke to Kincannon’s wife, a more sinister story was revealed (the report refers to Todd as James):
Ashely continued to tell me after leaving the work function, James began screaming at Ashely while they drove in their car. Ashely told James to let her out of their car to which he refused. Ashely proceeded to roll down the window and scream for James to let her out, hoping a bystander would call 9-1-1.
Ashley continued to tell me she called her mother for help and attempted to call 9-1-1 with an open line in order for the dispatcher to hear James. While driving, James saw a police vehicle and ‘freaked out.’ James threatened he would drive the car into a concrete barrier if the cops became involved. In addition, James also threatened to kill himself if Ashely left. Ashely continued to tell me James has made several threats in the past to kill himself, her, and her family. Furthermore, Ashely said she has past incidents of domestic violence and threats of homicide/suicide recorded. I saw no visible injuries to Ashely, she provided me with a written statement, and was issued a victim’s pamphlet. It should be noted Ashely was trembling as she wrote her statement.
Kincannon is a lawyer and knows how to work the system. By claiming to have overdosed on medication, he’s trying to excuse any wrong doing on his part, but that doesn’t quite explain the history of threats of homicide and suicide.
Griffith has now changed her story after testifying in court, saying that she does not believe a crime was committed. Important to note, Kincannon was allowed contact with Griffith before his hearing. It’s very common for a woman to protect her abuser once she feels the danger is over, but as the deputy reported, this wasn’t the first time Kincannon has threatened Griffith.
An audio recording made by Griffith shows that she has been subjected to threats by her husband. Kincannon is a domineering, vengeful tyrant who vows he will get revenge and ruin her life if she doesn’t follow his instructions and do what she’s “supposed to f*cking do.”
In the recording, Kincannon can be heard telling Griffith that she will “be very f*cking sorry” if she leaves him.
Click ‘play’ to listen to Kincannon threatening his wife in secret recordings that she made (NSFW):
An anti-Obama, family values obsessed Republican arrested for DV? Color me shocked!
While Kincannon’s marital problems are exacerbated by the fact that he believes in ‘traditional’ marriage where a wife is supposed to be subservient to her husband. However, anyone familiar with Kincannon knows he is a seemingly all around angry, sexist, and pathetic man who thinks he’s hilarious. He’s been in the news multiple times for his inhumane racist, homophobic, and sexist myopic world views and is known as a Twitter troll (his account is currently suspended) and he has long since deleted his Facebook page after being attacked mercilessly by left-wing trolls.
As you can see, he is King A**hole of Bullsh*t mountain. That’s the make-up of the right-wing for you.
Unfortunately, Kincannon was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bail and the judge did not impose an order that would keep Kincannon away from his wife until his trial. The Lexington County police are taking their time to gather more evidence, possibly for a kidnapping charge, because they still have serious concerns for Griffith’s safety, despite her seeming lack of concern. The two are attending marital counseling to work on their communication.