Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who organized “Stop the Steal” and has described himself as one of the “official originators” of last week’s rally that led to insurrection, reportedly is in hiding after the mob of Trump supporters he helped gather stormed the U.S. Capitol.
The Daily Beast reported that Alexander, who is also a convicted felon after “after pleading guilty to felony property theft in 2007 and felony credit card abuse in 2008”, repeatedly suggested ahead of Wednesday’s rally that things could get violent.
“One of our organizers in one state said, ‘We’re nice patriots, we don’t throw bricks,’” Alexander told a crowd at a Dec. 19 rally at Arizona’s state capitol. “I leaned over and I said, ‘Not yet. Not yet!’ Haven’t you read about a little tar-and-feathering? Those were second-degree burns!”
Alexander would go on to use “yet” as a code word for violence. He also “led a host of activists in ratcheting up the rhetoric ahead of Congress’ certification of the electoral votes, threatening to ‘1776’ opponents of Trump’s re-election.”
The night before the Capitol siege, Alexander addressed a crowd of Trump supporters in D.C., mentioning “1776” again and leading a chant of “victory or death.”
But after last week’s rally ended with five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer, the pro-Trump activist is in hiding and claiming that he will not “take an iota of blame that does not belong to me.”
Now Alexander claims to be in hiding, alleging in a video posted Friday that he needs $2,000 a day to fund his security detail and other expenses and hitting his fans up for donations. In a bizarre moment in his fundraising pitch, Alexander claimed that he was being targeted by the supernatural: “Witches and wiccans are putting hexes and curses on us.”
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 positively compared the rioters to the heroes of the American Revolution, and said rioters who entered the Capitol should suffer light consequences, if any.
“I think people should be rowdy, I think people should be messy,” Alexander said. “I do believe that we own that U.S. Capitol. So I’m not apologizing for nothing.”
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