Media Matters reports:
Oath Keepers militia leader Stewart Rhodes said that he has armed men on standby outside of Washington, D.C., to supposedly prevent the 2020 presidential election from being stolen from President Donald Trump. Echoing elements of the QAnon conspiracy theory during an appearance on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ program, Rhodes said the only way to prevent his men from engaging in a “bloody fight” would be Trump declassifying information to supposedly expose pedophiles in the “deep state” and allow the president to stay in power.
Rhodes also indicated his militia will be involved in a rally to support Trump planned for this weekend in the nation’s capital. Rhodes’ Oath Keepers militia, which comprises “former law enforcement officials and military veterans,” is described by the SPLC as “one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the U.S. today.” But, as Rhodes recent public comments have made clear, the organization’s purpose has shifted from opposing the government to instead act as a pro-Trump vigilante group that is willing to violently support Trump’s unjust attempts to stay in power after losing the 2020 election.
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Rhodes last appeared on JMG last month when he declared that his group was ready to murder “leftists” in a civil war. In September his group was banned by Twitter. In 2015, the Liberty Counsel waved off the “Christian Patriot” Oath Keepers when they offered to prevent Kentucky police from re-arresting Kim Davis. In 2017, founder Stewart Rhodes declared that the US would have erupted into a civil war if Hillary Clinton had been elected. In 2019, Rhodes and other militia members were seated directly behind Trump at a rally in El Paso. The Oath Keepers have been involved in multiple violent incidents involving police protests.