Right-wing activist Ali Alexander says that Republican Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Mo Brooks (Ala.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) “schemed up” the plan to “put maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting” Jan. 6 to certify the Electoral College vote.
Project Government Oversight, a nonprofit investigative group, unearthed and preserved a Periscope video in which Alexander says, “I was the person who came up with the January 6th idea with Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks and Congressman Andy Biggs.” He says their goal was to “change the hearts and 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
All three lawmakers, responding to inquiries from the Washington Post, denied having anything to do with Alexander or the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. But there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary.
Gosar called Alexander a “true patriot” on Twitter Nov. 6 and on Dec. 19 the two spoke at a “Stop the Steal” event in Phoenix. At that event, Alexander played a video message from Biggs, calling him a “friend” and “hero.” In the recording, Biggs said he wished he could have attended the event and vowed to challenge the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Biggs said, “When it comes to January 6 I will be right down there in the well of the House with my friend from Alabama representative Mo Brooks.” Brooks was one of the first speakers at Trump’s rally on Tuesday, whipping up the crowd with his comment that “today is the day patriots begin kicking ass.”
Gosar’s siblings apparently believe he was involved and have asked Arizona Democrat Raúl Grijalva to help get him removed from Congress.
By Dec. 30 Alexander foreshadowed violence on Jan. 6, writing that if Democrats got in the way of an objection from congressional Republicans, “everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building. 1776 is *always* an option.”
Seems like it was planned 12/30/2020. “If they do this, everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building. 1776 is *always* an option.” pic.twitter.com/97YqO5LZRI
— Righteous Babe (@RighteousBabe4) January 7, 2021