Right-wing activist and leader of the “Stop the Steal” movement Ali Alexander is in hiding and busy fundraising, after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building last week.
Alexander has claimed that he and three Republican lawmakers worked together to set that event in motion.
The Washington Post reported:
Alexander, who organized the “Stop the Steal” movement, said he hatched the plan — coinciding with Congress’s vote to certify the electoral college votes — alongside three GOP lawmakers: Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Mo Brooks (Ala.) and Paul A. Gosar (Ariz.), all hard-line Trump supporters.
“We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Alexander said in a since-deleted video on Periscope highlighted by the Project on Government Oversight, an investigative nonprofit. The plan, he said, was to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside.”
The Post noted that on Jan. 5, the night before Congress was set to certify the election results, Alexander spoke at a rally and led the crowd in chanting, “Victory or death!”
Now, it appears that Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo is hosting a fundraiser for Alexander.
“Ali Alexander and his patriotic, Christian work is being deplatformed by dark corporate forces and political opponents,” the fundraiser’s description reads. “Please help Ali bring light to the world by finding a security and administrative team to be with him 24/7.”
The description also identifies Alexander as “the leader of the Stop the Steal movement, which has hosted 1000+ peaceful protests over the past 10 weeks.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, the account had raised $20,115 of its $40,000 goal from nearly 300 donors.
It is worth noting that GiveSendGo’s terms of service say that users will not “use your GiveSendGo account for any illegal purposes” and that users “may not use the GiveSendGo service for activities that violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation related to… (d) items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance.”
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