Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes was charged with seditious conspiracy in the January 6 investigation.
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The children of Elmer Stewart Rhodes say their Oath Keeper father was once a Trump critic.
The anti-government activist has been charged with overseeing an assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Prosecutors this week said Rhodes tried to speak with Trump on the night of the attack.
The adult children of Capitol riot defendant Elmer Stewart Rhodes, a leader of the radical far-right Oath Keepers group, say their militiaman father was “very critical” of former President Donald Trump at the start of his presidency.
“He was going to release an open letter to school Trump on the Constitution,” Rhodes’ son, Dakota Adams, told the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch in an exclusive interview.
The picture Adams and his two sisters paint of their father in those early days is a far cry from the anti-government activist who has been charged with overseeing a strategic plot to lay siege to the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
Prosecutors this week said Rhodes tried to speak with Trump on the night of the attack, urging an unidentified individual on speakerphone to put him in contact with him so he could implore Trump to rally groups like the Oath Keepers to “forcibly oppose the transfer of power,” according to a court filing.
When the recipient of the phone call declined to put him in touch with Trump, Rhodes reportedly told a group of fellow Oath Keepers, “I just want to fight.”
While Rhodes’ feelings about the controversial Republican president may have drastically changed over the course of four years, his children say he always had a penchant for violence.
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Source:: Business Insider