Meet the right-wing extremists behind ‘Stop the Steal’ protests

Protests sprung up in the past 72 hours in critical battleground states

As theGrio previously reported, Facebook cracked down on the group behind the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement and banned them from the social media platform.

But that didn’t stop five organizers of the right-wing protests from springing up in the past 72 hours in critical battleground states in an attempt to tilt the vote-counting process in favor of Donald Trump.

Representative Jim Jordan stands with dozens of people calling for stopping the vote count in Pennsylvania due to alleged fraud against President Donald Trump gather on the steps of the State Capital on November 05, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The activists, many with flags and signs for Trump, have made allegations that votes are being stolen from the president as the race in Pennsylvania continues to tighten in Joe Biden’s favor. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The organizers of ‘Stop the Count’ and ‘Stop the Steal’ are a fringe group of disgraced right-wing internet figures who have proven to be too extreme and too inept for mainstream Republicans to risk associating with them.

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Ali Alexander went viral claiming that Kamala Harris wasn’t an American Black because she was of Jamaican and Indian heritage. Alexander was convicted of two felonies in 2007 and 2008, and is known to publicly point out people who are Jewish. Alexander appears to be affiliated with ‘Stop the Vote’ through his tweets promoting it and through links to his website where he solicits donations.

Mike Cernovich has over 700,000 followers on Twitter, yet despite his large following, mainstream Republicans tend to avoid him, due to his history of encouraging criminal sexual harassment. He recently took a seven-hour road trip to Arizona to lead a protest to “monitor the election.”

Amy Kremer is a former Tea Party organizer and was an early Trump supporter in 2016. She headed a political action committee called TrumPAC to support his campaign, but ran afoul of campaign finance rules for using the name of a candidate without their permission.

Jack Posobiec promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy and once conducted a live-stream “investigation” of the restaurant where he claimed the hoax pedophile ring was occurring.

Though these five right-wing activists worked to organize their supporters, these protests seem to be unsuccessful for now.

Today, well-known conspiracy theorist, President Donald Trump, put out a statement denying that President-elect Joe Biden won the election. Part of the statement read: “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed.”

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He went on to accuse the Democrats of wrongdoing and threatened prosecution. Trump’s statement was issued while he was golfing at his club in Virginia.

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