The right-wing influencers and ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer Ali Alexander, are being investigated to help gain a greater understanding of what inspired the rioters to ransack the US Capitol building, The Post reported.
Investigators intend to explore whether there is a link between those who stormed the Capitol and those who may have influenced them by promoting election fraud conspiracy theories, the paper said.
The investigation does not necessarily mean that the men will face criminal charges, people familiar with the case told The Post.
“We are investigating potential ties between those physically involved in the attack on the Capitol and individuals who may have influenced them, such as Roger Stone, Alex Jones, and [Stop the Steal organizer] Ali Alexander,” an unnamed US official told the paper.
All three men made unsubstantiated claims of election fraud in the lead-up to the Capitol siege.
On one occasion, Stone baselessly claimed that North Korea had interfered in the presidential election by shipping in ballots through Maine ports.
The longtime friend of former President Donald Trump also spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court the day before the insurrection. He was reportedly flanked by extremists who later stormed the Capitol.
Jones, who also gave a speech at this event, posted a video on his website InfoWars.com of him telling a crowd: “We have only begun to resist the globalists. We have only begun our fight against their tyranny. They have tried to steal this election in front of everyone.”
He has publicly stated that his media company funded the Stop the Steal rally– the precursor to the Capitol siege.
Alexander, who is also said to be under investigation, helped organize several rallies that preceded the insurrection.
People are calling for a boycott of Publix after the Wall Street Journal unmasked an heiress to the Southern grocery empire as the top donor to the Trump rally that led to the Capitol riots on January 6.
Julie Jenkins Fancelli, an heiress to the Publix founding family’s nearly $9 billion fortune, has previously donated millions to Republican causes and candidates. On January 30, the WSJ reported Fancelli as having contributed $300,000 out of the roughly $500,000 total raised for Trump’s now-infamous “Stop the Steal” rally.
Publix has a dedicated fanbase, but Fancelli’s contribution to the rally was the last straw for many loyal customers, The Guardian reported Monday. On Monday, the hashtag #BoycottPublix was trending on Twitter, with many users expressing outrage and claiming betrayal over Fancelli’s donation.
Fancelli is still president of the George Jenkins Foundation, Inc., Publix founder George Jenkins’s charity, which is not affiliated with the grocery chain. Since posting the statement on January 30, the Publix Twitter account – which previously posted around once a day – has been uncharacteristically silent.
This isn’t the first time Publix has courted controversy over its political donations. It came under fire after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded the chain an exclusive vaccine distribution contract. This followed the Publix PAC donating $100,000 donation to his campaign – a spokeswoman for DeSantis said any implication that the contract was a reward for the donation was “baseless and ridiculous,” per the Lakeland Ledger.
Leaders from predominantly Black communities throughout the state also criticized the contract, saying it deprived many Black Floridians of the chance to get vaccinated.
A man in New Hampshire will be detained after he was arrested on suspicion of sending death threats to several members of Congress and their aides in support of former President Donald Trump, according to the US Department of Justice.
Federal prosecutors allege that Ryder Winegar, 33, called six members of Congress on December 16 and 17, 2020, and urged them to flip the election or he would kill them, according to a federal complaint and affidavit filed by Special Agent Sean Wilson of the US Capitol Police.
The voicemails were quickly sent to Capitol Police and transcribed. They were able to identify Winegar because he began several of his threatening messages with “this is Ryder Winegar,” also leaving his phone number, expecting a phone call in return. He also said in a voicemail that he is a US Navy veteran.
Winegar’s script changes from voicemail to voicemail with varied racial epithets, anti-Semitic insults, and homophobic slurs, but the contents of each are based on the untrue assertion that Trump won the 2020 election and if members of Congress did not stop then-President-elect Biden from becoming president, that he and others would murder them.
“Do the right thing or patriots are going to come,” Winegar said. “And we’re going to f—–g kill you all. You understand?”
The names of the members of Congress that Winegar called are redacted in the court filings, but one transcript suggests that he intended to leave threats to former Republican Sen. Martha McSally, but was surprised when the answering machine said he was calling the office of Sen. Mark Kelly. Kelly defeated McSally in the 2020 election and was sworn in on December 2, 2020.
“Well, I’m actually trying to contact Martha, not, not Mark or whatever the f–k your answering machine said, but anyway, it’s regardless, regardless, uh, you f—–g, you know, just graduated from college, know-nothing piece of s–t,” Winegar said. “You need to send this voicemail or tally it up to the senators or whatever gay s–t you do.”
Following his loss in the 2020 presidential election, Trump and his allies spread countless unfounded claims of election fraud and attempted to overturn the election through lawsuits in several swing states. Over 60 cases were filed across the US, but none of the lawsuits were successful in flipping the results of a single state, nor did they find any widespread evidence of fraud.
Trump’s rhetoric peaked on January 6, when he headlined a “Stop the Steal” rally outside of the US Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from lawfully certifying Biden from becoming president.
“We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen,” Trump said. “You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We’re not going to take it anymore.”
Now there’s no turning back. Greene is the GOP, and the GOP is Greene.
QAnon is over, “Stop the Steal” is forever
The real reason McCarthy wanted to have it both ways – to wrap Greene’s wrists with a condemnation, but issue no meaningful punishment – is because she’s far more popular among Republican voters than the reality-accepting “Trump lost the election” wing of the party – including the House’s third-in-command Republican Rep. Liz Cheney and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Greene might be part of a small and mostly powerless fringe of internet-created edgelords in the Republican House caucus, but she also represents the GOP base, warped by conspiracy theories, that will never admit Trump lost a free and fair election.
Republicans quietly continue to live in fear of the “Stop the Steal” wing of the electorate, as demonstrated by their inability to – even now – publicly accept Joe Biden is the legitimate President of the United States of America.
And a portion of the GOP House conference clearly identifies with the Greene wing of the party, as the conspiracy theory-spouting lawmaker received a standing ovation from some members at a Republican meeting on Wednesday night.
So while Greene can play the “Who me?” charade regarding her extensive history of swimming in the Alex Jones-wing of the internet, she knows she’s untouchable within the party itself.
Trump supporters chanted “destroy the GOP” at a rally in Washington DC on Saturday, venting their anger at Republican state officials who refused to take part in President Trump’s bid to overturn the election result and cling to power.
According to footage of the rally posted on Twitter, far-right activist Nick Fuentes addressed supporters, attacking the Republican Party and alleging that it had failed to keep Trump in power.
Fuentes, in a tweet Saturday, posted a picture of himself addressing the rally, and wrote “We are going to destroy the GOP and transform it into a party that truly puts AMERICA FIRST!”
“In the first Million MAGA march, we promised that if the GOP did not do everything in their power to keep Trump in office, then we would destroy the GOP,” said Fuentes through a megaphone.
“As we gather here in Washington DC for a second Million MAGA March, we’re done making promises. It has to happen now. We are going to destroy the GOP,” he continued, to cheers and applause from Trump supporters.
The crowd, many wearing red caps emblazoned with Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan, then started chanting, “Destroy the GOP! Destroy the GOP!”
In recent weeks a rift has emerged in the Republican party, with Trump and his supporters attacking Republican officials in swing states, such as Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
He is one of a number of Republican officials in key states who have refused to obey Trump’s demands and block certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The Trump campaign has alleged widespread ballot fraud in the election while producing no convincing evidence to support the claim. The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by Texas’ Attorney General Ken Paxton seeking to overturn the election result, in a conclusive blow to the bid to overturn the election.
The rift has led to concerns among some Republicans that Trump supporters could boycott the crucial January 5 Senate runoffs, imperiling the party’s chances of retaining control of the US Senate.
Saturday’s rally was attended by thousands of Trump supporters, though the turnout was reportedly not as large as last month’s Stop the Steal rally in the US capital. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and former national security director Michael Flynn, who are revered by the president’s base, were among the supporters who attended.
Trump flew over the rally several times in Marine One on his way to the Army-Navy game, in a nod of support to the protesters.
Later, violence flared, as members of the far-right Proud Boys clashed with supporters of the far-left Antifa group. The Washington Post, citing DC fire department spokesman, Doug Buchanan, said four people had been hospitalized with stab wounds.