New videos tie U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., to the nationwide “Stop the Steal” movement that led to the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
But Biggs is pointing at antifa and Black Lives Matter, saying the far-left militant group and the social justice group are at least partially to blame.
Yes, angry Trump supporters were part of the mob that broke down barriers and smashed their way into the inner sanctums of the House and Senate, Biggs said in a radio interview Monday.
The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice say there is no evidence to suggest the loosely tied groups of “anti-fascist” activists known as antifa were involved in the Capitol invasion.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that there were just pissed-off Trump people there that had come in. And then there were other people that were definitely not Trump people,” Biggs said on Tucson’s 1030 KVOI AM. “You probably had some insurgents, you know, some antifa or BLM type folks. … We don’t know.”
On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pushed back on members claiming antifa was to blame, saying: “Some say the riots were caused by antifa. There is absolutely no evidence of that, and conservatives should be the first to say so.”
Biggs denied any role in cheerleading for the “Stop the Steal” movement and said allegations he helped organize the Capitol protest were “whoppers.”
“It just didn’t happen,” he said while making the rounds on Arizona’s conservative talk radio programs. “I knew there was going to be … a couple of rallies there that day, but I did not participate and didn’t organize and did not attend.”
Biggs’ claims followed a report by The Arizona Republic that found he was involved in a Dec. 19 “Stop the Steal” rally in Phoenix, where supporters pushed the conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump won the 2020 election over Joe Biden.
Ali Alexander, who led rallies nationwide to try to overturn the results of the presidential election, called Biggs a hero of the movement during the rally at the Arizona Capitol and led a chant in his name.
In a video that went viral last week, Alexander said Biggs, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar and Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks helped him plan and “schemed up” the U.S. Capitol rally.
The rally turned into a bloody melee that left five people dead, including a Trump supporter who was shot as she climbed through a barricaded doorway and a Capitol Police officer who was bashed in the head with a fire extinguisher.
Federal lawmakers of both parties are now calling for some sort of sanction – from censure to an ethics probe – for any members involved in inciting what they view as an insurrection.
As Biggs raised the specter of antifa and Black Lives Matter provocateurs without any evidence, The Republic found videos that raise additional questions about his ties to Alexander and involvement in “Stop the Steal.”
Alexander, 35, is a convicted felon turned conservative operative. The Daily Beast reported Monday that he was in hiding after Twitter and Facebook deactivated his personal and “Stop the Steal” accounts. He could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
In a Dec. 21 video, Alexander gave an update on the planned Jan. 6 rally and talked about his alliance with lawmakers. The video has been shared widely on Twitter.
“We are working closely with Congressman Mo Brooks, closely with Congressman Andy Biggs and Congressman, obviously, Paul Gosar, my great friend,” Alexander says. “We’re working with members of Congress while other people are trying to showboat.”
Alexander claims Democrats are going to use antifa and Black Lives Matter against Republicans, whom he said had a “moral imperative” to maintain control of the White House.
“I think the Democrats cheated,” Alexander said in the video. “We have a moral obligation since we are the party of restraint and of prudence and peace to hold power.”
In another video, Biggs is interviewed back to back with Alexander by far-right talk show host Sean Lin about the country’s “path forward” in the run-up to the Jan. 6 congressional certification of presidential election results.