The children of Elmer Stewart Rhodes say that Oath Keepers’ father was once a critic of Trump.
Rebel activists were charged with overseeing the assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Prosecutors this week said Rhodes tried to talk to Trump on the night of the attack.
Parliamentary Riot Defendants Adult Children Elmer Stewart RoseThe father of their militia, the leader of the radical far-right Oath Keepers group, said he was “very critical” to former President Donald Trump when he took office.
“He intended to send an open letter to the school about the Constitutional Trump,” Rhodes’ son, Dakota Adams, told the Southern Poverty Law Center. Hatewatch in an exclusive interview.
The painting of Adams and his two sisters on their father at the time is far from the accused rebel activists. Oversee strategic plans to siege the US Capitol On January 6, 2021, trying to stop proof of President Joe Biden’s victory.
This week’s prosecutor said Rhodes tried to talk to Trump on the night of the attackHe urged an unidentified person to contact him with a speakerphone, and urged Trump to rally a group like Oath Keepers to “force opposition to the transfer of power.” Submission to court.
When the call recipient refused to contact Trump, Rhodes reportedly said to a group of fellow Oath Keepers, “I just want to fight.”
Rhodes’ sentiment towards the controversial Republican president may have changed dramatically over the past four years, but his children say he always likes violence.
In a February interview with Hatewatch, the blog of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors far-right extremism, Dakota Adams (24), Sedna Adams (23), and Sequoia Adams (19) are long-term fathers. I explained about the abuse. , Founded Oath Keepers in 2009.
Following years of suspicion of domestic violence, Rhodes’ wife Tasha Adams escaped home in 2018 with her six children. If they were still at home when the mother’s divorce notice arrived, kill us all.
“We felt we were running for our lives,” Sequoia said.
“I was worried that whatever animals were left behind, he would slaughter them,” Sedna told the outlet.
The divorce between Tasha Adams and Rhodes has been suspended for three years.After Rhodes was charged Incendiary conspiracy In connection with the Capitol riots earlier this year, his estranged wife told CNN: Her ex-husband is a “perfect member of society.”
Rhodes, a former Yale-educated lawyer, has long been fascinated by freedom, revolution and rebel movements, his children said. All the children were homeschooled and Sequoia said she had never been issued a birth certificate.
According to his children, Rhodes, who once felt it was his duty to teach Trump about U.S. law, may have the Democratic president “create a political cover” for the FBI’s arrest and prosecution. As he became more and more worried about the role he and his vow keeper played, he began to change his tone about the leader. 2014 Bandy Ranch Standoff, I saw rebel supporters confront law enforcement agencies over land disputes.
But when Ammon Bandy Two years later Occupied the headquarters of the Maru National Wildlife Refuge In a similar anti-government demonstration in Oregon, Rhodes refused to support the movement, he said, in his life with Ammon Bandy trying to become a messiah, according to his children. It’s all about what you’re trying to fix by starting everything that was wrong. ” “
“It’s hilarious because it’s basically what Stewart did,” Dakota told Hatewatch. “By January 6, he decided to double because he was afraid that everything would collapse and go to jail.”
Rhodes’ lawyer did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Rhodes stays in jail while waiting for the fall trial.
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