WASHINGTON — Nearly two decades ago, Stewart Rhodes won an award at Yale Law School for his paper arguing that the Bush administration’s use of “enemy combatant” status to detain Americans indefinitely was unconstitutional.
But in the weeks after the 2020 election, presidential overreach seemed far from his mind. In an open letter on the website of the Oath Keepers, the far-right militia group he founded in 2009, Rhodes urged President Donald Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act, send special forces to seize state elections systems, redo the election and deploy both the National Guard and a self-armed militia to suppress any rebellion from “domestic enemies” in the way.
“If you fail to do so, we the people will have to fight a bloody revolution/civil war to throw off an illegitimate deep state/Chinese puppet regime,” he wrote.NBC The founder of a far-right militia once warned of federal tyranny. Then came Trump.