Oath Keepers militia leader Stewart Rhodes said members of his pro-Trump militia group will be at polling locations on Election Day to “protect” Trump voters during an appearance on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ program.
Rhodes also made a series of unhinged statements, including saying Oath Keepers would follow directives from President Donald Trump to take members of the “deep state” into custody and “do what we have to do,” that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act before the election, and that Oath Keepers will “be in range” of Washington D.C., to stop a “Benghazi-style” attack on the White House on election night, reports Media Matters.
Rhodes said that “bought” Democrats and “leftists” on the West Coast are participants in a proxy war being waged by China against the U.S., saying, “That’s who we are fighting right now on the streets.”
Rhodes then said, “You got to defeat them in warfare, and then you got to figure out, it’s kind of like with the Founding Fathers dealing with the loyalists, what do you do with these people?”
Rhodes also promoted the possibility of a second civil war where his “battle-hardened” supporters kill the “street soldiers” and “command and control” of “the radical left.” He later claimed the U.S. is already in a civil war because “you have sitting politicians who are part of the enemy’s ranks.”
Media Matters notes: “Disturbingly, Rhodes telegraphed how he will interpret election results, saying that he would consider a win by Democratic nominee Joe Biden illegitimate and evidence the election had been stolen, presaging how he and his militia might react to that outcome. Rhodes’ Oath Keepers militia, which is comprised of ‘former law enforcement officials and military veterans,’ is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as ‘one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the U.S. today.’ The Los Angeles Times reported Rhodes has indicated that some Oath Keepers ‘have signed up as poll watchers, while others plan to monitor the election armed and ‘undercover,’ drawing their weapons if needed.’ ”
During an October 27 appearance on The Alex Jones Show, Rhodes said members of his militia are going to “stand up and protect people on Election Day” at the polls because opponents of Trump will be supposedly “coercing and threatening” his supporters as part of an effort by Democrats to steal the election.