Far-right activist Ali Alexander, a leader in the “Stop the Steal” movement, implicated three sitting Republican congressmen in the events that unfolded last week in Washington D.C., according to The New York Times.
Alexander said in a video that he, Rep. Mo Brooks (AL), Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ) and Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ) set the day’s event in motion.
“We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Mr. Alexander said in a since-deleted video, “so that who we couldn’t rally, we could change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside.”
Per the report, a spokesperson for Biggs denied that the congressman was involved in organizing the rally, saying his efforts were focused on working “within the confines of the law and established precedent to restore integrity to our elections.”
“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 on Jan. 6,” said the spokesman, Daniel Stefanski. “He did not have any contact with protesters or rioters, nor did he ever encourage or foster the rally or protests on Jan. 6.”
However, The Times noted that “Gosar appeared to be on friendly terms with Mr. Alexander, frequently tagging him in Twitter posts.”
At a rally late last month outside the Arizona State Capitol at which Mr. Gosar spoke, Mr. Alexander called the congressman “the spirit animal of this movement.”
“He’s helped out where he could,” Mr. Alexander said. “He’s offered to call donors. We actually had our first D.C. march because he called me and he said, ‘You need to go to the Supreme Court.’ I said, ‘All right, my captain.’ And that’s what started that.”
As for Brooks, the Republican has remained unapologetic about his part in encouraging the Trump supporters who turned violent, according to the report.
“I make no apology for doing my absolute best to inspire patriotic Americans to not give up on our country and to fight back against anti-Christian socialists in the 2022 and 2024 elections,” Mr. Brooks told a local newspaper. “I encourage EVERY citizen to watch my entire rally speech and decide for themselves what kind of America they want: One based on freedom and liberty or one based on godless dictatorial power.”
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