Division On The Right: Milo Yiannopoulos Names Ali Alexander As FBI Plant
The movement to ‘Unite the Right’ brought together militias, white supremacist groups, incels, and a range of others, trying to overcome variations in personal philosophy to forward shared goals (like protecting monuments to the Confederacy). However, it’s the divisions on the right that have been highlighted since their presidential candidate lost his bid for re-election.
In this case, it’s Milo Yiannopoulos, who is currently marketing himself as ‘ex-gay,’ and Ali Alexander, who names himself the founder of the Stop the Steal movement. Now, as investigations into the January 6th attack continue, Yiannopoulos is blaming Alexander.
There’s a lot of backstory and history here, and ultimately, the reason that it matters is that Milo has the ear of an audience, a chunk of the far-right, and this short little screed, two questions and zero answers long, is exactly the sort of thing they eat up. In fact, less than an hour after posting, he had a growing chain of responses from people agreeing, and adding other allegations, ranging from a microchip to pedophilia to having “sent in” insurrectionists, then “disappeared” on January 6th.
Also, Alexander hasn’t exactly been quiet about linking U.S. government entities, or at least individuals, to the riot. As Business Insider reported back in January, he was openly boasting about conferring with Republicans in Congress to plan the rally that turned into an insurrection attempt. That doesn’t exactly lend a lot of credence to theories about secret contacts in Federal law enforcement.
Still, Yiannopoulos has some big feelings about Alexander, who he’s also accused of grooming teenage boys.
Milo, who is currently marketing himself as ‘ex-gay,’ claimed in January to have heard from as many as 4 teenage boys who he said would make allegations against the ‘Stop the Steal’ founder.
The Washington Post reported in February that Federal law enforcement was investigating the roles of several influencers, including Alex Jones and Roger Stone as well as Ali Alexander, in the January 6th attack on Congress, and noted that Alexander himself said he had “remained peaceful” during events at the Capitol, and blamed ‘outside agitators’ for the attack.
Of course, an important piece of context for this accusation is that right now, a favorite piece of far-right propaganda is the claim that the FBI planted not only informants but agitators in these extremist groups, in order to “frame” Trump supporters for the attack they carried out.
As for Alexander, Yiannopoulos offers no particular evidence or support for this particular allegation other than a vague suggestion that Ali has been lying low for reasons other than his own potential for legal culpability.
Instead, this little skirmish between two public figures just highlights the divide on the right.