At a pro-Trump rally in Washington DC this weekend, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones told Trump supporters that President-elect Joe Biden would be "removed one way or another."
Jones went on to make a variety of bizarre claims, including the "Q" conspiracy theory that Trump is out to save abused children from cults that his political rivals belong to.
"We will never back down to the Satanic pedophile, globalist New World Order and their walking-dead reanimated corpse Joe Biden, and we will never recognize him. We will never back down to Joe Biden and we will never recognize him." Jones told a cheering crowd.
Jones went on to say that Trump had "zero connection to Russians."
Then he told the angry followers "I don’t know who’s going to the White House in 38 days but I sure know this – Joe Biden is a globalist and Joe Biden will be removed one way or another."
His comments drew concern from many people who thought that he was calling for violence.
Alex Jones at the pro-Trump march in Washington, DC: "Joe Biden is a globalist, and Joe Biden will be removed, one way or another!" pic.twitter.com/ujIc7XZcLb
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) December 12, 2020
Alex Jones has been banned from numerous large social media sites in recent years, but his audience seems larger than ever.
The rally became violent later in the day, with many people being stabbed in attacks and altercations that took place throughout the city.
A few minutes ago a group on the way to the plaza was attacked by Proud boys. One person stabbed and on the way to the hospital.
*The video abruptly stops because the person recording was attacked. I’m preserving their privacy. pic.twitter.com/cmFkDE5xvU
— Black House News (@blackhousenew) December 12, 2020
Earlier this week, for the second time during Trump’s term in office, “#civilwar” was trending on Twitter with comments voicing concern about the intense political climate surrounding the contested 2020 election.
Many of Trump’s most vocal supporters have insisted that they will not accept the election results and some of them have publicly expressed a willingness to carry out violence to keep Trump in power.
On its official Twitter account, The Arizona Republican Party asked its followers if they would be “willing” to “give their lives” in the “fight” to overturn the results of the 2020 election, along with comments featuring Rambo video clips and memes.
On Monday, Ali Alexander, National Organizer for the Stop the Steal movement, tweeted, “I am willing to give my life for this fight.”
In response, the official account for the Arizona GOP retweeted the post along with the caption “He is. Are you?”
He is. Are you? https://t.co/OY8qxNMPxm
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) December 8, 2020
In another post with a clip from the movie Rambo, the account tweeted “This is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something,” along with an American flag emoji.
That tweet has since been deleted, but screenshots of the original post were saved and shared by others.
The Arizona Republican Party is now advocating for violence to overturn the 2020 election.
— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) December 8, 2020
When asked about the tweets, a spokesperson for the Arizona GOP told CBS News that the party does not condone violence.
“The Republican Party of Arizona condemns all forms of violence in the strongest terms. Fictional movie scenes should be weighed in their proper context,” the spokesperson said.
The comments were widely criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle, although many Republicans are still supporting Trump’s challenge of the election results. Last week, 106 house Republicans filed a brief with the Supreme Court demanding to have the election results overturned, but the move was ultimately rejected by the court.