Ali Alexander, the founder of far-right conspiracy movement Stop the Steal, claimed Saturday that the gerrymandering of districts is both “not real” and “totally legal if it is real.”
Alexander posted the message on his Telegram—an instant messaging service often used by far-right and radical groups to organize throughout the United States. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has previously referred to Telegram as a “safe haven” for right-wing extremism.
Alexander, who has just under 19,000 followers on Telegram, concluded the short message by simply stating: “Suck it!” By Monday, the message had been viewed on the platform a reported 2,500 times.
On his Telegram profile page, Alexander states that he “exposed the extent to which the Deep State has compromised free and fair elections.”
Despite Alexander’s claim that the practice of gerrymandering doesn’t exist, New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice noted last year that “the practice has been a thorn in the side of democracy for centuries, and with the new round of redistricting it’s a bigger threat than ever.”
The process of specifically manipulating the boundaries of voting districts in order to give one political party a competitive advantage, gerrymandering has a long history of use in the United States.
“Regardless of which party is responsible for gerrymandering, it is ultimately the public who loses out,” the Brennan Center added.
Reformers have long pushed for federal legislation that would help end gerrymandering. The most recent effort was seen as part of the proposed Freedom to Vote Act, which failed to pass in the U.S. Senate.
Scholars note that as gerrymandering efforts continue the practice has begun to adversely affect minorities due to recent demographic changes. “The Supreme Court has not granted these multiracial coalition districts the same legal protections as majority-minority districts, making them a key target for dismantling by partisan map drawers,” the Brennan Center added.
Alexander’s claim regarding gerrymandering is one of a number of conspiracy theories that have been touted by the Forth Worth, Texas-raised activist.
This includes baseless claims against a number of liberal politicians, such as Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Vice President Kamala Harris. He has also referred to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as a “Marxist” on social media.
Alexander is most well-known, however, for being one of the principal organizers of the Stop the Steal movement, which promotes the disproven conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election as a result of nationwide voter fraud.
This movement has become tied to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol building. Leading up to the attack, outlets including The Guardian and ProPublica identified Alexander’s actions as having incited violence.
The Guardian later reported that Alexander led the crowd outside the Capitol in chants of “victory or death!”
The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack subpoenaed Alexander this past October requesting that he testify.
Additional right-wing conspiracy theorists have been closely associated with Alexander, including InfoWars‘ Alex Jones and conspiracy activist Laura Loomer.
Newsweek has reached out to Alexander’s attorney for comment.
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