Two weeks before Trump’s thousands of rioters called Congress a violation of “Stop the Steel”, organizer Ali Alexander said his group was not violent — “yet.”
“One of our organizers in a state said, ‘We are good patriots, we don’t throw bricks,” Alexander told a crowd at the December 19 rally in Arizona’s State Capitol. “I bent over and I said, ‘Not now. Not now!’ Haven’t you read a bit about tar-and-feathering? Those were second-degree burns! “
Alexander, who described himself as one of the “official originals” of the January 6 rally in Washington, went on to use “yet” as a code word for violence. Alexander then told the Phoenix crowd about his plans for Washington.
“We’re going to convince them not to validate the vote on January 6 so that hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions of patriots, sit in DC to sit down their butts and close that city, right?” Alexander said. “And if we want to find alternatives after that … ‘yet.” still! “
Alexander’s supporters shouted, “Noz!” And “Nothing off the table!”
Alexander led a host of activists, making rhetoric ahead of the Congressional Certification of Electoral Votes, a threat to “1776” opponents of Trump’s re-election. Now that five people have been killed, including the Capitol Police Officer, however, Alexander has gone into hiding, and his men. 6 The website promoting the rally has been deleted from the Internet.
Alexander is disregarded, saying that he “will not take a quota of blame that is not for me.”
“I don’t provoke anything,” Alexander said in a video posted on Twitter on Friday. “I did not do anything.”
Ali Alexander says he will not take “a quota of blame” for what happened at the Capitol.
Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
In fact, even when Alexander claimed that his supporters were peaceful, he reiterated the possibility of using violence in the weeks before 6 January.
On Sunday night, Twitter imposed a ban for Alexander’s personal account and “stop the theft”. Alexander did not respond to a request for comment.
Alexander is a convicted criminal, after being convicted of property theft in 2007 and felony credit card misuse in 2008. Alexander first appeared in conservative politics in the era of the Tea Party under the name “Ali Akbar”, which organizes a group called ‘National Bloggers’. Club which was tied to “shady data collection operations”.
In the Trump era, now using a new name, Alexander emerged as an unknown figure in the trash-talking MAGA Die-Hard, the inforks conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the anti-Muslim Trump booster Laura Lomar, the inflammatory provocateur Jacob Wohl, and Trump is associated with figures such as Allies. Roger Stone.
Prior to Trump’s 2020 election defeat, Alexander was perhaps best known for Donald Trump Jr. and retweeted his baseless claim that Vice-President Kamala Harris is not “American Black”. He was invited to Trump’s “social media summit” at the White House with various right-wing Internet figures, and often dressed in orange clothes, claiming that God had given him the message that the color was for 2020. Was of particular importance.
“God gave me the color orange in December 2019,” Alexander tweeted on Election Day. “They told me ‘the color of orange will be by 2020.’ I have come to learn that it means the power of God. “
They bragged about the straining capital – until the arrests began.
Following Trump’s electoral defeat, Alexander positioned himself as one of the dead of major Trump’s re-election with his “Stop the Steel” group, outside state capitals in battleground states Trump became a clearhouse for pro-Trump supporters.
Alexander also began promoting mega-rallies opposing election results in Washington in November and December, even clashing with rival organizers who deserved credit for the events. And he began organizing a protest outside the Capitol for January 6, calling it a “wild Protest” after Trump’s tweet that he would “go wild” during the counting of electoral votes.
For January 6, Alexander claimed in a video, calling him pro Trump supporter. There was some organized support from Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Moe Brooks (R-AL).
“We intended to create maximum pressure on Congress while voting four,” Alexander said in a video posted prior to the Jan. 6 protest.
Gosar and Brooks did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for Biggs disputed Alexander’s story, claiming that Biggs “does not know of Mr. Alexander’s hearing or meeting at any point” and had no contact with the protesters or rioters.
Alexander’s voice at the January 6 rally further increased the main-leading. He tweeted that he would “give my life for this fight”, a call that was promoted by the Arizona Republican Party.
Alexander began tweeting frequently about “1776” in reference to the beginning of the American Revolution. Alexander wrote in a post that the election was “45” – Trump’s re-election – “or 1776.” In another message, he wrote that “1776 is always an option for free men and women.”
Most conspicuously, Alexander responded to a tweet by pro-QAnon-supporting Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA), claiming that top Congress leaders were working to block objections to the electoral vote. If that happened, Alexander said, he and hundreds of thousands of other protesters would “1776” the Capitol.
“If they do, everyone can guess what I and 500,000 others will do of that building,” Alexander tweeted on 30 December. “1776 * is always a choice”
Alexander’s anger was not limited to the Congress. After a December MAGA protest of four boys chilling outside Hotel Harrington, a hotel in Washington, popular with the Proud Boys, the hotel announced it would be closed for several days around the January 6 protest.
A furious Alexander posted a video full of threats to the hotel, urging his fans to “have extremely high intelligence as God enforces his vengeance.” Alexander compared his supporters to the snake in the “Don’t Trud on Me” Gadsden flag, stating that he was “Tried On” and noting that “Vipers bite.”
“A patriot cannot be caught on camera doing anything bad,” Alexander said.
At the December 19 Arizona rally, Alexander threatened that his movement might turn violent. He said he would not describe Democrats as burglaries in Republican homes, meaning he would be shot – a metaphor he said was “not yet necessary.”
“Let them hear it,” Alexander said. ” ‘still.'”
The night before the January 6 rally, Alexander landed Trump supporters in Washington with a “win or death” chant and once again brought “1776”.
“1776 is always a choice,” Alexander told the crowd. “These are going to give the fallen people what we want in the deep state, or we are going to close this country.”
Alexander’s “Wild Protest” rally was scheduled to take place on the north-east corner of the Capitol’s lawn, with a website claiming that Green, Gosar and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) would all speak at the event. Prior to the rally, Alexander attended Trump’s speech at the White House Ellipse, posting a picture from the front row.
“Good seats,” Alexander tweeted. “Thank you @realdonaldtrump!”
Alex Jones claims that he and Alexander had some “deal” with the White House about their opposition outside of Congress.
“We had a legitimate deal with the White House,” Jones said in an information show that filmed after the riots with Alexander. “I’m Hey Jones and Ali, ‘Truly, they let us go quickly, we were about to lead a peaceful settlement.”
The video, posted by InfoWars in an apparent effort to distance themselves from the riots, shows Jones and Alexander west of the Capitol as tear-gas canisters went into the distance and Trump supporters placed MAGA flags on the inaugural riser. Jones unsuccessfully tried to persuade the rioters to go to the east side of the Capitol and attend their rally on the other side of the building.
“As much as I think seeing Trump’s flag flying over it, we don’t need a confrontation with the police, they’re going to make up the story,” Jones said.
But Alexander refused to spark a riot.
“I do not deny it,” Alexander said A video filmed the scene of the Capitol. He said, ‘I do not condemn it. It is completely peaceful, as it looks, until now. “
Now Alexander alleged in a video posted on Friday that he needed $ 2,000 a day to meet his security detail and other expenses and kill his fans for charity. In a bizarre moment in his fundraising pitch, Alexander claimed that he was being targeted by the supernatural: “Witches and wizards are pouring hexes and curses at us.”
However, it is unclear how Alexander’s supporters can send him money. On Saturday, he posted on the parlor that he had been banned from Venmo and PayPal.
In his Friday video, Alexander claimed that his “rally never turned violent.” But Alexander also read a quote from talk radio host Rush Limbaugh that the rioters were positively compared to the heroes of the American Revolution, adding that rioters entering the Capitol should suffer mild consequences, if any.
“I think people should be rowdy, I think people should be a mess,” Alexander said. “I believe we are the owners of that American Capitol. That is why I am apologizing for nothing.
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