Cordie Williams, a chiropractic practitioner from Carlsbad, isn't shy about posting his views on social media.
Known online as the Megaphone Marine and the founder 1776 Forever Free, Williams has Instagram and Twitter accounts with countless fans. He encouraged individuals to join him by going to Washinton, D.C., on Jan. 6– the day that pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol– and since then, his openly published videos prompt folks to attend weekly Constitution classes, go to protests, run for workplace and arm themselves.
“We're everything about liberty for all,” Williams told NBC 7 in a sit-down interview Tuesday morning. “You wish to use a mask? Great, simply do not inform me I need to. You wish to immunize your kids? Great, just don't tell me I have to. You want to get the COVID vaccine? Great, just don't tell me I need to. Which's actually what this organization is about.”
Given That May, Williams said, he has traveled the state and the country speaking before crowds – including at a speaking event in D.C. on Jan. 6.
Video recorded during the U.S. Capitol Riot reveals a Capitol policeman pulling back from a mob of rioters, leading them far from the Senate chamber.
“I'm simply going to interview this incredible patriot,” Williams said in an Instagram video of himself talking to a lady who says she witnessed the breach of the Capitol, though Williams stated he was not amongst those who stormed the Capitol.
It seems that Williams went to Washington because of a lot of the exact same conspiracy theories that drew others to D.C. recently. He told NBC 7 that he wishes to require another, independent, transparent audit of the election results.
“I went to D.C. because I seem like there are some forces at play in this nation right now that are, in my opinion, evil and demonic,” Williams told NBC 7, “and they're taking freedom far from some Americans and bringing up another group of Americans. So they're outcasting one celebration and elevating another celebration or another group, and it's all based upon ideology.”
Nora Benavidez is the national policy director for PEN America, a not-for-profit that works to inform people on flexibility of expression and disinformation.
Video taken inside the U.S. Capitol reveals the minutes leading up to the shooting of Ashli Babbitt as fans of President Donald Trump rushed towards the Speaker's Lobby. The video was accredited from a self-described civil liberties activist.
“I believe it's extremely harmful,” Benavidez said of the language in William's posts. “It's deceptive and damaging. I believe the concern is: What will this inspire individuals to do?”
Benavidez said Williams' language is so unclear, it does not cause impending acts of lawlessness– but, she said, that does not imply it's not possibly harmful. In truth, it's that uncertainty that Benavidez said makes these messages so appealing to a broad audience.
“It's very sexy to hear someone stating, ‘I'm with you; we need to be together in this; we need to eliminate; we are the kid; we're sort of the David, we need to go up against the Goliath, sort of monolithic thing that is censoring us,'” Benavidez stated. “That plays into all of the ways we seem like we can then challenge something bigger, we can come out on top, we need to be heard.”
Williams rejects the concept that his words could incite criminal acts.
“I believe in serene objecting,” Williams stated, describing what took place Jan. 6. “I believe they ought to have been on the front actions of the Capitol. The minute they breached, I do not concur with that. Do not concur with that. I never ever condone violence. Whoever did the violence needs to be detained and prosecuted.”
That said, a few of his recent posts have encouraged people to equip themselves and get ready for a war of sorts.
“It also is necessary that we learn how to use something that goes into your hand and dispenses a high-range thing called a bullet,” Williams said in an Instagram video published 3 days after the insurrection at the nation's Capitol. “And something that goes on your shoulder and dispenses a high variety bullet.”
When inquired about that statement Tuesday early morning, Williams said he was just revealing assistance for the Second Amendment.
“I believe every American need to take tactical training and ought to learn how to look after themselves and guard their house,” Williams said.
In that exact same Instagram video, Williams goes on to say, “We are at war.”
When asked what he indicated by that statement, Williams stated he used the word “war” in a simply metaphorical sense.
“This is an ideological war,” Williams said on Tuesday. “It's 100% an ideological war.”
Williams insists this has to do with ensuring voices are heard– not about violence. For that reason, he stated he does not plan to participate in anything in Sacramento at the state capital ahead of the inauguration.
Rather, Williams stated, he remains in the process of forming a political action committee and plans to speak at rallies several times a year throughout the U.S.Source: nbcsandiego.com