- The organizer behind the meeting that preceded the siege of the Capitol said that three GOP congressmen, rep. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks and Paul Gosar helped him plan last week’s event.
- Biggs and Brooks refused to help Ali Alexander, and a spokesman for Gosar denied a request for comment.
- “The four of us planned to put maximum pressure on Congress while they voted,” Alexander said.
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Ali Alexander, the organizer of the “Stop the Steal” movement, said three Republican lawmakers helped him plan the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the armed uprising at the Capitol, which left five dead.
Alexander said that rep. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks and Paul Gosar helped him plan the event, which took place as Congress was getting ready to certify the election of President-elect Joe Biden, The Washington Post reported.
“The four of us planned to put maximum pressure on Congress while they voted,”
He added to The Post that the plan was to “change the hearts and minds of Republicans who were in that body and hear our loud roar from outside.”
A spokeswoman for Gosar told Insider: “The congressman has no comments at this time.”
Daniel Stefanski, spokesman for rep. Andy Biggs, told Insider that Alexander’s claims were “absolutely false.”
Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing about or meeting Alexander at any time – let alone working with him to organize part of a planned protest on January 6. “He had no contact with protesters or insurgents, nor had he ever encouraged or promoted the demonstration or protest on January 6,” Stefanski said.
Insider could not reach Brooks for comment at the time of publication, but in an official statement from his office, he said he did not know the siege of the Capitol would occur after he spoke at a meeting prior to it.
“Besides, I spoke very early in the political session. There was music, there was my speech, there was more music, then there were a number of speakers, so a few hours later, President Trump started speaking,” Brooks said.
“I ask this question, if my remarks were as inspiring as the Social Democrats and their fake news allies would have the public believe, why did Trump not immediately raise the participants after my remarks and storm the Capitol?” the statement said.
On January 6, Trump supporters broke over the U.S. Capitol and law enforcement clashes that halted Congress’ joint session as lawmakers discussed challenges to election votes before confirming Biden’s election. Five people died, including a police officer in the Capitol and a woman who was shot by police.
One week later, Republican President Donald Trump accused him of “inciting rebellion” for his role in the armed uprising.
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Trump had previously made false and baseless allegations of voter fraud and made false allegations that Vice President Mike Pence, who oversees the certification process in the congressional session, could “decertify” the votes and give him another term.
Other Republicans, including Biggs, Brooks and Gosar, have also been investigated for their language by continuing Trump’s false narrative.
The Daily Beast reported that Alexander, a criminal who grew in popularity to support and support Trump’s voter fraud claims, has since been banned from Twitter, on several occasions last month had suggested they could resort to violence on January 6, if the votes were certified.
“We want to convince them not to certify the vote on January 6 by marching hundreds of thousands, if not millions of patriots, to put their butts in DC and shut the city down, right?” Said Alexander during a meeting in Arizona. “And if we have to explore possibilities after that … ‘yet.’ Yet!”
Alexander attended a meeting the night before the certification vote and led a song of “Victory or Death!”
Gosar tagged Alexander in several Twitter posts the next morning, urging Biden to concede the election (which he won by 7 million votes).
Gosar and Alexander both spoke at an event on Dec. 19, The Post reported. After this event, Gosar called Alexander a “true patriot.” Additionally, a video message from Biggs was played at the same event, where he said he and Brooks would challenge the certification on January 6th.
Alexander called Biggs a “friend” and “hero.” Biggs told CNN he only came on the video at the request of Gosar’s staff.
Alexander told The Post that he remained peaceful during the event and that his speaker had mentioned peace but was misrepresented.
However, in a video he posted after the siege, he said, “I do not reject this. I do not condemn this.”
Azmi Haroun contributed to this report.