MISSOULA, Montana — A distant stretch within the northwest a part of this state could seem an unlikely spot for a pro-choice rally on Independence Day weekend. The small city of Eureka, inhabitants roughly 1,400, is residence to over a dozen church buildings, voted 73 % for Donald Trump in 2020, and hosted a trucker protest of a whole bunch earlier this yr on the Canadian border crossing 10 miles away.
Maybe extra unlikely is who’s organizing the rally: Sequoia Rhodes Adamsthe 19-year-old daughter of Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes. The household patriarch is at the moment jailed awaiting trial after pleading not responsible to expenses of seditious conspiracy associated to what federal prosecutors say was his far-right group’s plot to storm the US Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I used to be extraordinarily anti-feminist rising up,” Sequoia informed The Every day Beast, describing her political transformation right into a pro-choice activist after the household fled what they’ve beforehand described as Rhodes ’violently abusive Montana residence in 2018.
«He could not even discuss abortion or he would freak out,» she mentioned of her father.
Sequoia and her grownup siblings not too long ago leveled abuse allegations in opposition to their father in an interview with the Southern Poverty Regulation Middle. These claims got here on prime of allegations of violence made in a 2018 software for a restraining order by Sequoia’s mom Tasha, Rhodes ’estranged spouse. (The restraining order was denied by a neighborhood choose, and divorce proceedings stay ongoing. However a number of relations leveled comparable allegations of home violence in a current Insider story.)
Sequoia mentioned in an interview this week that experiencing on a regular basis sexism after escaping a lifetime of isolation in Rhodes’ residence opened her eyes to the inequality girls face in America.
«After you have a child, you are caught with them,» she informed The Every day Beast.
«That is why we could not go away,» her mom, Tasha Adams, added in an interview. «As a result of we had so many youngsters.»
Tasha described Rhodes as controlling the household by “loading them down with duties” —large canine, chickens — in order that leaving could be a logistical nightmare. For her, the duty was kids — six of them, the youngest born when Tasha, now 50, was 42, after three miscarriages and a stillbirth.
Sequoia does not bear in mind a time rising up when her mom wasn’t breastfeeding.
In a current weblog submit, Tasha recounted one such failed being pregnant in 2010, accusing her husband of utilizing the tragedy for political acquire throughout an Oath Keepers energy battle. “I practically bled out,” Tasha informed The Every day Beast, describing waking up in a pool of her personal blood, along with her oldest kids stopping the bleeding once they couldn’t get Rhodes ’consideration.
Sequoia was younger, however remembers one element vividly: «The carpets had been stained with blood.»
An lawyer representing Rhodes in his sedition case declined to remark for this story.
Abortion stays authorized in Montana, with no set off legal guidelines on the books and a 1999 ruling by the progressive-dominated State Supreme Courtroom enshrining abortion rights beneath Montanans’ constitutional proper to privateness.
However that ruling got here after growing violence in opposition to Montana abortion suppliers. By the early Nineties, half of the state’s abortion clinics had been burned down, in line with modern reporting by the Missoulianthree of them by one man who later pleaded responsible to torching eight throughout the West.