Oath Keepers leader sentenced to 18 years over January 6th warns Trump

July 6, 2023
Matthew Boose

Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes warned President Trump to prepare for a guilty conviction in one of the Biden regime's show trials. 

Rhodes, a Yale law school graduate serving 18 years in prison over January 6th, warned that the "narrative has been set" that the Capitol protest was a criminal conspiracy led by Trump, even if the facts don't back that story up.

"They’re going to do the same thing to President Trump that they did to me,” Rhodes told The Washington Times from the D.C. Department of Corrections Central Detention Facility.

Rhodes was convicted of "seditious conspiracy" despite never setting foot in the Capitol. At his sentencing, he dismissed his trial as a sham, calling himself a "political prisoner."

Trump warned

Democrats have argued that Trump caused the "insurrection" with his passionate rhetoric about a stolen election, even though Trump urged protesters to remain "peaceful."

But the absence of a concrete plan to storm the Capitol did not stop a D.C. jury from finding Rhodes guilty on exceedingly rare "seditious conspiracy" charges, Rhodes recalled. His sentence of 18 years is the longest of any January 6th defendant.

“I didn’t enter the Capitol, but I was still found guilty by a D.C. jury of obstructing an official proceeding even though I didn’t even go inside,” he said.

Trump will be convicted over his "speech," Rhodes said, saying the same thing happened to him. Witnesses will be threatened to rig the trial's outcome.

"And I was found guilty of seditious conspiracy, although they had zero evidence of an actual plan. They just used my speech. It will be the same thing with President Trump.”


Biden prosecutor Jack Smith is trying to have Trump locked up under the Espionage Act for his handling of classified documents.

The case is being tried in Florida, but Smith is also weighing charges over January 6th. Those charges would likely be tried in overwhelmingly liberal Washington D.C, where, Rhodes said, Trump is guaranteed to get "railroaded" by a hostile judge and jury.

"You’re going to get railroaded," he said. "You’re going to be found guilty if you try to go to trial. So everyone’s been demoralized and more likely to take a plea deal and agree to ‘test-a-lie’ against President Trump.”

While he faces steep First Amendment hurdles in charging Trump with "incitement," Smith is turning up pressure on lawyers who helped Trump challenge the 2020 election results.

Trump, the GOP's frontrunner in 2024, has accused Smith of trying to rig the upcoming presidential election in Biden's favor by jailing his chief political opponent in a banana republic-style crackdown.

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