Texts, recordings show Oath Keepers’ early talk of armed resistance to Biden presidency

Texts, Recordings Show Oath Keepers’ Early Talk Of Armed Resistance To Biden Presidency - Ap21191653283806

“The final defense is us and our rifles,” Rhodes sent to the Friends of Stone channel. “Trump has a duty to stand, but so far, her [sic] hasn’t. As Roger Stone said.”

He added: “Trump has one last chance right now to stand. But he will need us and our rifles too. But will he finally act? … So will you step up and push Trump to FINALLY take decisive action? That’s what we must do now. And then if he still refuses to do his duty, we will still have to do ours. And we will.”

The messages underscore that well before Trump had planned any actions to disrupt the transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021, Rhodes was rallying supporters to oppose the incoming Biden administration and referencing potential armed action to prevent the new administration from taking power.

Prosecutors used the early hours of the seditious conspiracy trial of Rhodes and four Oath Keeper leaders — the most significant cae to emerge from the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol — to highlight how quickly…

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This article was written by By Kyle Cheney and originally published on www.politico.com