Far-right extremist Senator Wendy Rogers has introduced a bill into the Arizona State Senate to add bitcoin as “legal tender” for Arizona.
Critics of previous proposals, such as assistant professor at Williamette University Rohan Grey, have pointed out that the declaration of bitcoin as legal tender potentially violates constitutional limitations on states’ ability to issue their own money.
Rogers’ bitcoin bill continues the trend of far right figures endorsing the cryptocurrency, including self-proclaimed dictator Nayib Bukele. El Salvador’s future is staked on the success of Bitcoin — and it’s not going well.
Wendy Rogers believes in Bitcoin and executions
Rogers is a self-proclaimed “charter member” of the Oath Keepers — a far-right militia with 11 members so far indicted on charges of seditious conspiracy in relation to the January 6th insurrection. Prosecutors have alleged that during the insurrection, the Oath Keepers were working in alliance with the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters.
The former air force pilot has personally embraced conspiracy theories to deny the results of the 2020 election. Despite the fact that her own organization acted in the Capitol, Rogers tried to claim that “radical Antifa mobs” were responsible.
At a white nationalist America First political action conference, Rogers gave a speech endorsing the event’s organizer, white supremacist Nick Fuentes, and calling for “traitors” — those who acknowledge the election was valid — to be publicly executed.
Like Fuentes, Rogers has adopted the language of the ‘Great Replacement’ conspiracy. “We are being replaced and invaded,” she wrote on Twitter. “Americans who love this country are being replaced by people who do not love this country,” another read. The conspiracy posits that minorities are working to ‘replace’ ‘whites.’
Her language was condemned by The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix, who said: “Rogers’ use of thinly veiled hate speech is dangerous.”
Rogers has also not hesitated to endorse military leaders of previous insurrections, describing Confederate General Robert E. Lee as “a great patriot.”