Arizona Republic columnist EJ Montini wrote on Sunday that right-wing activist Ali Alexander claims he worked with Republican Reps. Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona in planning pro-Trump rallies that included last week’s rally that led to the attack on the Capitol.
At the time the mob was making its move on Wednesday, Alexander, a national “Stop the Steal” organizer, posted a video of himself saying, “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”
A CNN investigative team that includes former Arizona Republic reporter Bob Ortega pointed out that in late December Alexander told followers on Periscope that he, Biggs, Gosar and Mo Brooks of Alabama, three Republican members of Congress, were planning something big.
The CNN article noted that while Alexander did not call for violence, he said, “It was to build momentum and pressure and then on the day change hearts and minds of Congress peoples who weren’t yet decided or who saw everyone outside and said, ‘I can’t be on the other side of that mob.’ ”
The connection was also noted by investigative reporter Jason Paladino, Montini noted.
Paladino also pointed out that Gosar called Alexander “a true patriot.”
Biggs responded to the CNN article, saying through a spokesperson, “Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point – let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest. He did not have any contact with protestors or rioters, nor did he ever encourage or foster the rally or protests.”
Montini questioned this, however, as both Biggs and Gosar have pushed President Trump’s baseless narrative that the election was rife with fraud.
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