Oath Keepers militia group blames ‘radical left’ after web site goes offline following Capitol riot
Oath Keepers, a militia group concerned within the current rebel on the U.S. Capitol, is reestablishing its on-line presence after its web site vanished within the aftermath of final week’s violent assault.
Days after the Oath Keepers web site abruptly went offline, it reappeared Wednesday together with a message blaming its transient disappearance on its former internet hosting supplier and the “hostile radical left.”
“Our server supplier, LiquidWeb has proven its colours and caved to the Loony Left,” stated a part of the message. “We are going to recuperate and are working to rebuild a communications and membership web site.”
Males sporting Oath Keepers insignia have been amongst mobs of supporters of President Trump who stormed the Capitol final Wednesday as Congress met inside to formalize the outcomes of his failed reelection bid.
Oath Keepers chief Elmer Stewart Rhodes, who fashioned the group in 2009, beforehand informed members of his group to arrange for “battle” in anticipation of them deploying final week to Washington, D.C.
Two days earlier than the Capitol was attacked, Mr. Rhodes wrote on the Oath Keeper web site that it was important its members get to Washington and “stand tall” with the president towards a purported “coup.”
Mr. Rhodes, who says his group is made up primarily of present and former police and navy personnel, stated in the identical submit that Mr. Trump ought to have the militia assist re-do the presidential election.
“Whether or not this Republic survives will rely upon the conduct of all of us patriots, in addition to on President Trump being robust, resolute and decisive,” Mr. Rhodes wrote on the Oath Keepers web site Jan. 4.
“Patriots, you will need to put together yourselves for no matter could come,” added Mr. Rhodes, a former U.S. Military paratrooper. “Put together your thoughts, physique, and spirit for battle, and above all else, put together to STAND!”
The Oath Keepers web site disappeared a couple of days after the Capitol was stormed, and it remained inaccessible for a pair extra earlier than it emerged anew Monday with a brand new assertion and little else.
Along with switching from LiquidWeb to a special internet hosting supplier, IP Quantity LCD, Oath Keepers additionally moved its web site from GoDaddy to a different area registrar, Epik, in response to public data.
LiquidWeb, IP Quantity LC, Epik, GoDaddy and Mr. Rhodes didn’t instantly reply to messages requesting remark.
President-elect Joseph R. Biden decisively gained the current White Home race, however Mr. Trump asserted in any other case after his loss grew to become obvious, together with as much as and through final week’s assault.
Mr. Trump had inspired his supporters to rally final week in Washington for what he stated could be a “wild” protest occurring on the day Congress was set to depend electoral votes cementing his loss.
Talking to hundreds of supporters close to the White Home that afternoon, Mr. Trump inspired them to “struggle like hell” and stated he would meet them at Capitol Hill to have their voices heard.
Mobs of Trump supporters breached the Capitol moments later throughout a failed putsch that resulted within the deaths of 5 folks, together with a U.S. Capitol Police officer killed within the assault.
Images and video circulated within the aftermath of the rebel confirmed a number of folks sporting Oath Keepers symbols in and across the Capitol across the time the advanced was seized.
The FBI has additionally shared photos of individuals sought by authorities in reference to storming the Capitol, together with one among an unnamed bearded man sporting an Oath Keepers baseball cap. He has since been recognized by a number of shops as Jon Schaffer, a guitarist for heavy steel band Iced Earth. His bandmates subsequently issued an announcement that stated they neither condone nor help the riot.