Stewart Rhodes, the founder of Oath Keepers, appeared on Alex Jones’ InfoWars Thursday to talk about the political persecution of those who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 and how he feels about the conspiracy case federal authorities are trying to build against him.
“I’m not worried for himself but for the country,” Rhodes told Jones.
“It Is critical now that people support everyone who has been detained and denied due process… everyone being denied bail, being punished before they have gotten a trial. It is critical they be supported—all 500 of them—even if you disagree with them going inside the Capitol that day.”
“It is political persecution,” said Rhodes.
The Justice Department has accused Trump supporters who entered the Capitol, many who were waved in by Capitol Police themselves, of committing an act of domestic terrorism, but the big enchilada they have been chasing is the Oath Keepers organization, and in particular, Rhodes himself.
Although investigators have thus far been unable to unearth any evidence of an actual plan by Rhodes to disrupt Congress or incite violence on Jan. 6, the FBI has remained focused on him as a major player in what the media and officials have called an “insurrection,” gathering electronic data of communications he made with group members that day.
Rhodes and his group maintain that they were doing what they always do, anticipating violence from left-wing insurgent groups and providing security. Rhodes was not actually in Washington on Jan. 6 and never stepped foot inside the Capitol.
The fact that actual organized domestic terrorist groups like Antifa and BLM are allowed to commit acts of violence and insurgency with impunity, just proves that the Justice Department’s case against Oath Keepers is purely political prosecution.
In contradiction to reports that Rhodes has backed away from supporting other Oath Keeper members who have been indicted, he told Jones he has not disavowed any Oath Keeper member who entered the Capitol even if he disagrees with it. “They deserve due process,” he said.
Anyone who believes that the 2020 election was fraudulent or is not a Biden supporter is being labeled as a political “extremist” with Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman saying in Feb. before a House Appropriations subcommittee:
“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union.”
The media and the Justice Department have smeared the Oath Keepers as a dangerous white supremacist militia and domestic terrorists, who Rhodes himself has said before is just code language for Trump supporters.
At a rally in Texas, he told attendees to, “not cower in fear,” saying the federal government “was trying to get rid of us so they can get to you.”
Oath Keepers is far from being a white supremacist militia. It is an association of veteran military, police and first responders—of all races and backgrounds—who pledge to fulfill their oath to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Rhodes said, “If we actually intended to take over the Capitol, we’d have taken it, and we’d have brought guns.”
In a “60 minutes” episode about the group that aired in March, an Arizona Oath Keeper member told the reporter that the group works closely with law enforcement.
“Our guys are very experienced. We have active-duty law enforcement in our organization that are helping to train us. We can blend in with our law enforcement, and in fact, in a lot of cases, our training is much more advanced because of our military backgrounds.”
FBI counterterrorism official Javed Ali, says the claim made at least partly holds true: The Oath Keepers have a “large percentage” of members who “have tactical training and operational experience in either the military or law enforcement.”
Although the FBI has no evidence that there was an actual plan to disrupt congressional hearings or incite violence on Jan. 6 by Rhodes, or that his group planned to blow it up, as Capitol Chief Pittman claimed, 12 co-defendants have been charged with conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding.
To-date, the FBI has charged more than 400 individuals in the incident and the suspect said to have planted two explosive devices near the Democratic and Republican headquarters remains at large.
According to Law Enforcement Today, “As far as ‘insurrections’ go, the January 6 incident at the Capitol likely ranks as one of the most bogus ones in American history.
“The FBI confirmed on Wednesday that no guns were recovered from any suspects arrested in connection with the Capitol siege.”
Biden’s Justice Department is doing all they can to eliminate anyone in its ranks who does not lean left, a move many media pundits view as just first steps to push for federalize policing.
It is no wonder then that Oath Keepers, a group of veteran law enforcement personnel and military, are the target of political persecution.
Stewart remains convicted that his group is on the right side of the truth despite the political persecution saying, “We have nothing to hide. We are doing the right thing.”