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Oath Keepers Threatened a ‘Bloody Civil War’ Over Biden’s Win in 2020

  • Prosecutors submit statements at trial threatening violence
  • ‘We are going to have a fight,’ group founder Rhodes wrote
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The Oath Keepers threatened a “bloody civil war” against a “puppet regime” if Joe Biden took the White House from Donald Trump, according to chat messages shown to jurors in the first Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy trial.

“We are going to have a fight,” Stewart Rhodes, the militia group’s founder, said in a December 2020 message. “That can’t be avoided, but it’s better to have a fight now, while Trump is commander-in-chief then to wait till he is gone.”