In a newly uncovered video from a December 19 “Stop the Steal” rally in Arizona, organizer Ali Alexander bragged about being “on the phone” with “people from the White House” and appeared to encourage physical violence against members of Congress and other politicians who he claimed helped “steal” the election. This rally occurred just weeks before the Capitol insurrection.
Alexander is also on the record admitting to speaking with Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former senior official with the Trump’s campaign and also Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, on January 5 about “Stop The Steal.” On the morning of January 6, Alexander said on Breitbart News Daily: “The president's mood is he's in fighter mode and today will determine which Republicans are going to suffer his wrath going forward. That's the mood that he's in. In fact, I got a call last night from Kimberly Guilfoyle and none of us are stopping.”
Alexander suggested using physical violence against members of Congress and others
At that same rally, Alexander appeared to advocate for physical attacks against members of Congress who he said helped “steal” the election, calling it a “moral obligation” to do so.
To all these weak-kneed Republicans I say, what would you do if somebody broke into your house and stole something and they were -- well, I don’t want to say still in your front yard because I know what we’d do. Let’s say they made it out to the road. I don't want to be accused of anything yet. Yet. Let them hear that. Yet. What if somebody stole something from your house, and they’d made it out in the street. Would you pursue? Hell yeah. We have a moral obligation to pursue them, don't we?
Beyond seeming to endorse violence against members of Congress, Alexander also appeared to suggest that “Stop The Steal” had the potential to become violent:
“Before we get to the Lord's Prayer, I want to say this. One of our organizers in one state said, ‘You know, we're nice patriots. We don't throw bricks.’ I leaned over and I said, ‘Not yet.’ Not yet.”
“We will not go quietly,” said Alexander a few minutes later, “We will shut down this country if we have to.”
Update (8/3/21): The video clips linked in this piece have been updated after the original video was removed from YouTube.