Right-Wing Extremist Says Three Congress Members Helped Plan Attack At Capitol
Ali Alexander gained notoriety in recent years with support from support from Trump supporters.
January 13, 2021 at 8:07 pm
Right-wing activist Ali Alexander, who was a key organizer of the domestic attack at the U.S. Capitol, shared he received help from three members of Congress. Alexander revealed the details of his action in a now-deleted video on Periscope, saying he partnered with Reps. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks and Paul A. Gosar to disrupt Congress’ vote to certify the 2020 presidential election, according to The Washington Post.
“We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” the extremist said, describing the effort as a plan to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside.”
in case he takes the video down, here's the relevant section pic.twitter.com/IYiqxeX6Ch— Jason Paladino (@jason_paladino) January 8, 2021
A spokesman for Biggs denied the statement, saying he had never been in contact with Alexander or other rioters.
“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,” the spokesperson told The Post.
Brooks also defended himself in a lengthy statement on Wednesday while showing support for the president.
"January 6 was supposed to be a day of the great debate on the floors of the House and Senate about voter fraud and election theft that is supposed to propel America to more honest or accurate elections," the Alabama congressman said. "Instead, our message was hijacked by people whose illegal breach of the Capitol did a great disservice to our cause and America. Those who engaged in illegal conduct should be ashamed of themselves because their attack on the U.S. Capitol destroyed two months of debate and work."
Alexander gained notoriety in recent years with support from supporters of President Donald Trump. The president's son, Donald Trump Jr. contributed to the rise of the right-wing activist in 2019 when he retweeted Alexander’s false claim that Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris is not an “American Black.”
The devout Trump supporter also attended a “social media summit” at the White House last year, joining several far-right figures who had accused companies of anti-conservative bias.
Gosar joined Alexander at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Phoenix on Dec. 19, The Post reported.
“We will not go quietly. We’ll shut down this country if we have to,” Alexander told the crowd at the rally.
“When it comes to January 6, I will be right down there in the well of the House with my friend from Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks,” Biggs said in the video.
“We removed this account on both Facebook and Instagram for violating our Coordinating Harm policy,” Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman, said in a statement, adding that the removal is part of Facebook’s decision to remove any content referring to “stop the steal” ahead of the inauguration.
In the week leading up to the chaos on Jan. 6, the far-right Republican suggested that the day could get violent.
“One of our organizers in one state said, ‘We’re nice patriots, we don’t throw bricks.’ 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 told his crowd. “We’re going to convince them to not certify the vote on Jan. 6 by marching hundreds of thousands, if not millions of patriots, to sit their butts in D.C. and close that city down, right?"