Far-right group asks Donald Trump not to concede, warns of 'bloody war' if he doesn't invoke Insurrection Act
Stewart Rhodes, leader of Oath Keepers, wrote an open letter in which he urged Trump to order trusted military units to seize all databases of the CIA, FBI, NSA, DNI and take control of the country
President Donald Trump might find either his party or the law not helping him much in his bid to overturn the election results but his staunch supporters outside the arena are in no mood to give up hope yet.
On Monday, December 14, Stewart Rhodes — a pro-Trump leader of the far-right anti-government extremist group Oath Keepers — posted an open letter to Trump urging him to invoke the Insurrection Act against “domestic traitors”, order “trusted military units” to “seize all databases of the CIA, FBI, NSA, DNI, etc and the records held by all state electoral systems and administrators,” and declassify evidence of treason by “corrupt and compromised elites” who he alleged had worked with China to undermine last month’s election, Right Wing Watch reported.
Democrat Joe Biden was confirmed as the winner by the US media and the Electoral College (the same day Rhodes wrote the letter) but Trump is yet to concede. Rhodes’s letter reflected the comments that he made at a rally held a few days ago on the National Mall where he cautioned Trump that if he didn’t take action, the right-wing militias will do the job in a “much more bloody war”.
Such words are not new for Rhodes. During the impeachment investigation against Trump last year, the 55-year-old warned that the US was on the verge of a “HOT civil war” like in 1859. In 2017, he said in a Fourth of July message that had Hillary Clinton managed to defeat Trump in the election held the year before with the help of “election fraud” and “illegal alien votes”, the US would have found itself in a civil war “combat”.
‘This is your moment of destiny’
In his latest open letter, Rhodes wrote: “It’s time to honor that oath by defending the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This is your moment of destiny. Will you take your place in history as the savior of our Republic, right up there with President Washington and Lincoln? Or will you fail to act, while you still can, and leave office on January 20, 2021, leaving We the People to fight a desperate revolution/civil war against an illegitimate usurper and his Chicom puppet regime?”
Rhodes doesn't spare the Supreme Court
Rhodes also lashed out at the Supreme Court which recently dismissed a lawsuit that Texas brought to challenge the election results in four key states that went to Biden. He said the SCOTUS’ refusal to hear the case brought by the state’s attorney general “shows that the cancer of cowardice, compromised officials, and treason has spread even to the Supreme Court.”
Trump himself has also expressed his dissatisfaction with the top court, which has three judges picked by him, repeatedly. On Thursday, he tweeted again against the Supreme Court, saying: “I am very disappointed in the United States Supreme Court, and so is our great country!”
I am very disappointed in the United States Supreme Court, and so is our great country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2020
Urging Trump not to concede the election, Rhodes further penned in his letter: “Through well-orchestrated mass vote fraud, the Communist Chinese and their domestic enemy allies are about to install their illegitimate puppet, Joe Biden, and his equally illegitimate puppet running mate, Kamala Harris, into the White House, with their treasonous fingers on the nuclear launch codes.”
“You must act NOW as a wartime President, pursuant to your oath to defend the Constitution, which is very similar to the oath all of us veterans swore. We are already in a fight. It’s better to wage it with you as Commander-in-Chief than to have you comply with a fraudulent election, leave office, and leave the White House in the hands of illegitimate usurpers and Chinese puppets. Please don’t do it. Do NOT concede and do NOT wait until January 20, 2021. Strike now,” the letter said on a bombastic note.
“If you fail to act while you are still in office, we the people will have to fight a bloody civil war and revolution against these two illegitimate Communist China puppets, and their illegitimate regime, with all of the powers of the deep state behind them, with nominal command of all the might of our armed forces (though we fully expect many units or entire branches to refuse their orders and to fight against them) and with their foreign allies also joining in to assist in the suppression of American patriots.”
Rhodes, who launched Oath Keepers in 2009 after Barack Obama took over as the president, also requested the incumbent president to federalize all National Guard units and call up military veterans who are below 65 years of age besides asking “all able-bodied Americans between the ages of 17-45 who are still loyal to the Constitution to likewise report for duty, bearing their own arms” to keep the peace and “suppress the expected riots, terrorism, and armed insurrection by the radical left in the United States (who have been armed and equipped for months now by our foreign and domestic enemies).”
In conclusion, Rhodes said the fight was on and vowed to “get it done” under Trump’s leadership. Last month, The Atlantic reported the Oath Keepers “has recruited thousands of police, soldiers, and veterans.” Rhodes told the outlet that it would be better to conduct a civil war than to “slide into a nightmare” of a dictatorship. Oath Keepers claims itself to be a nonpartisan group comprising current and former law enforcement and military service members who are committed to protecting America's constitutional rights.