Who is Ali Alexander?
- He was born between 1984 and 1985 to a African-American mother and Muslim father
- He entered right-wing politics in the late 2010s
- He is cooperating with the US Justice Department after recieving a subpoena from them
Ali Alexander made a name for himself as an organiser of the “Stop the Steal” movement. He is a right-wing activist as well as a conspiracy theorist.
Born sometime between 1984 and 1985 as Ali Akbar he took on the name Ali Alexander part way through his career as a right-wing activist. In the past, he has referred to himself as a “conservative political junkie.”
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Alexander began taking a more active interest in right-wing politics in the late 2010s when his social media posts began to garner a large online following. He became a supporter of Donald Trump soon after the latter won the 2017 presidency. Fast-forward to 2020 when the results of the presidential elections were announced and Trump had lost. Alexander quickly joined the swelling ranks of right-wing activists and commentators who rallied behind Trump’s claims that the elections were fraudulent.
Following Trumps claims, Alexander started the “Stop the Steal” movement at that time which incorrectly claimed that the electoral votes had been tampered with which is why Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden. As part of his Stop the Steal campaign, he ran a hashtag “#Maidengate” which claimed that people had voted twice by using their maiden name in one state and then using their married name in another state.
When the January 6 Capitol Hill attacks happened in 2021, Alexander was part of protests that occurred outside Congress just before the breach happened. In a video posted by him, he claimed that he didn’t “disavow this. I do not denounce this.” At a rally the night before, he had led a crowd, chanting, “Victory or death!”
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When the US Justice Department opened an investigation into the Capitol Riots this year, Alexander said that he would be cooperating with them, claiming that he did not have information useful, but he would cooperate to the best of his ability. So far, Alexander has maintained his innocence, saying that he is not a target because he did nothing wrong.