January 6 marked for Rhodes the culmination of a career of self-aggrandizement and manipulation of thousands of followers, many who saw his group as a bulwark against an oppressive government.
In many ways, Jan. 6, 2021 was the day that Stewart Rhodes had been waiting for his whole life.
For a dyed-in-the wool conspiracy theorist who had been planning for dystopian collapse for at least two decades, the attack on the Capitol presented the ideal opportunity: A chance to finally square off against the federal government in the name of a twisted version of freedom Rhodes has promoted for much of his adult life.
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