“Hey there, all of you content warrior freedom fighters,” Ms. Blackburn mentioned. “We’re glad you’re there standing up for the Structure, for liberty, for justice.”
The rally had been deliberate by Girls for America First, which was quietly turning into the closest factor Mr. Trump needed to a political organizing drive, gathering his aggrieved supporters behind the lie of a stolen election.
The group’s founder, Amy Kremer, had been one of many authentic Tea Social gathering organizers, constructing the motion by means of cross-country bus excursions. She had been among the many earliest Trump supporters, forming a gaggle known as Women Vote Trump together with Ann Stone, ex-wife of the longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone.
With donors together with the Trump-affiliated America First Policies, Girls for America First had rallied assist for the Supreme Court docket nomination of Amy Coney Barrett and defended Mr. Trump throughout his first impeachment.
The group’s govt director was Ms. Kremer’s daughter, Kylie Jane Kremer, who lately labored on Sean Hannity’s radio present. Two organizers serving to the trouble, Jennifer Lawrence and Dustin Stockton, had been near Mr. Bannon, having labored at Breitbart after which at his nonprofit looking for non-public financing to assist full Mr. Trump’s border wall. (In August, federal prosecutors accused Mr. Bannon of defrauding the nonprofit’s donors, after an investigation that included a raid of Ms. Lawrence and Mr. Stockton’s motor residence; they weren’t implicated, and Mr. Bannon, who pleaded not responsible, was later pardoned by the president.)
A onetime organizer for the hard-line Gun House owners of America, in keeping with his LinkedIn web page, Mr. Stockton had come to know members of the Three Percenters militia group. He had an internet publication, Tyrant’s Curse, whose credo was, “A well-armed and self-reliant populace, who take private accountability and put their religion in God, can by no means be oppressed and can by no means be dominated.” One submit featured a photograph from the Dec. 12 rally — Mr. Stockton posing with a number of Three Percenter “brothers” in military-grade physique armor.
Ms. Lawrence had private ties to Mr. Trump. Her father was an actual property dealer within the Hudson Valley, the place Mr. Trump has a golf membership and his sons have a looking ranch. “He’s executed enterprise with Mr. Trump for over a decade, so I’ve had the chance of assembly the president and interacting with him on a number of events,” she mentioned in an interview. She additionally knew Mr. Flynn by means of their mutual affiliation with a conservative assume tank, she mentioned.