Ali Alexander said he was willing to die for Trump. Still Rep. Paul Gosar worked with him
One month before last week’s attack on the Capitol, Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander announced he was willing to die to overthrow the election results and ensure a second term for Donald Trump.
Now Alexander says Arizona Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar and Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks were involved in planning the rally that led to last week’s attack on the Capitol.
If that’s true — if they were in league with a guy who was promoting violence — then it’s simple, really.
They need to go.Alexander says they were in cahoots
Alexander claims that he, along with Gosar, Biggs and Brooks, planned the Jan. 6 rally in an effort to stop Congress from certifying the election results.
“We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Alexander said in a since-deleted video on Periscope.
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.”
Biggs and Brooks deny any involvement with Alexander. Gosar’s not talking. That is, no doubt, because Gosar was involved and he cannot possibly say that he couldn’t have predicted what was coming.
Alexander announced on social media what he had in mind.
On Dec. 6, one month before the deadly storming of the Capitol, Alexander was envisioning more than your standard rally in which the MAGA faithful wave Trump flags and cry “Stop the Steal”.
“I am willing to give my life for this fight,” he tweeted that evening.
The next day, the Arizona Republican Party responded with a tweet of its own:
“He is. Are you?”
The party then posted a since-removed quote from the movie “Rambo IV,” the one where he says, “This is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something.”Gosar, Biggs promoted this work
Two weeks later, on Dec. 19, Gosar was the headline speaker at Alexander’s Stop the Steal rally at the Arizona Capitol. The rally was promoted by Gosar and featured a taped message from Biggs, vowing to challenge the certification of the election.
“When it comes to Jan. 6, I will be right down there in the well of the House with my friend from Alabama, representative Mo Brooks,” Biggs said in the recording.
During the rally, Alexander called Biggs a hero of the movement and led a chant in his name.
“We will not go quietly,” Alexander told the crowd. “We’ll shut down this country if we have to.”
In a Dec. 21 video, Alexander gave an update on the planned Jan. 6 rally.
“We are working closely with Congressman Mo Brooks, closely with Congressman Andy Biggs and Congressman, obviously, Paul Gosar, my great friend,” Alexander said. “We're working with members of Congress while other people are trying to showboat.”
On Dec. 30, according to deleted tweets reviewed by the Daily Beast, Alexander tweeted that if Democrats got in the way of Republicans’ objection to certifying the election, “Everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building. 1776 is *always* an option.”
Then at a rally on the evening of Jan. 5, Alexander led the crowd in chanting, “Victory or death!”The FBI should investigate
The next day, Gosar, who had regularly promoted the Jan. 6 rally, tagged Alexander in several tweets, calling on Biden to concede.
Brooks and Biggs are adamant that they were not involved in planning last week’s rally. Biggs says he supplied the recorded message for the Dec. 19 rally at the request of Gosar’s office.
Gosar doesn’t say anything because really, what can he say given his constant promotion of and involvement with a guy who told us his intentions.
“I am willing to give up my life for this fight,” he tweeted.
“He is. Are you?” the Arizona Republican Party answered.
It’s hard to even know what to say when one of the nation’s two major political parties promotes taking up arms to overthrow a lawfully elected president.
Harder still, when United States congressmen may have been involved.
The FBI should investigate.
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