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The post-Trump era could have been that of the return to glory of Alex Jones. In fact, it is starting to look more and more like the end for the conspiracy pope in the United States. All the more reason to look back on his journey.
Sentenced to pay the modest sum of 965 million dollars in damages to several families of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, for having falsely claimed that they were actors who had invented this tragedy, Alex Jones yet had a avenue ahead of him to become that guru of the new American right again.
Alex Jones shouts "YEAH" and "WOOO" clenching his fist, "Get those numbers up" while Sandy Hook families who lost a child mourn as the verdict was read, ordering Jones to pay $965 million in damages. pic.twitter.com/rTSibYjp1P
— Philippe Berry (@ptiberry) October 12, 2022
This stature has assured him an influence that is remarkable to say the least and above all has laid the foundations of the QAnon world in which we are now. Let's take a look back at his journey.
Who is Alex Jones?
Telling Alex Jones is above all about integrating the before and after 2016 and the election of Trump as US President.
On December 2, 2015, Donald Trump, then a candidate for the Republican primary, told the Mr. Jones online show that he would never let him down. Then, within hours of his November 2016 election to the presidency, opposite Hillary Clinton, Jones declares that “the purpose of my life, of my career, is finally fulfilled”.
“I will continue. But now that I realize it, just to tell you, I won,” he exclaims.
Alex Jones is an American conservative radio commentator based in Austin, Texas. He is the host of the Alex Jones Show and runs the site InfoWars.com, a site recognized by many players, including the verification site Politifact.com , as fuel for conspiracy theories and fake news.
Student of Rush Limbaugh
Born in 1974 and having risen through the ranks of a style of conservative commentary made famous in the United States by the now deceased Rush Limbaugh, Jones has always been known to have been heavily influenced by the Waco, Oklahoma, massacre that ' he analyzes as “confirmation of the inexorable progress of invisible and evil forces” (as a reminder, this slaughter is linked by the federal government of the United States to the headquarters of the Davidian sect).
He began his radio career in 1996, in Austin, with the show The Final Edition and then created the Alex Jones Show, concurrently in his service, which became the website InfoWars in 1999.
Alex Jones posing for the German magazine “Der Spiegel”
The influence of September 11, 2001
It was then that September 11, 2001 arrived. He then rose to prominence by becoming one of the strongest promoters of the theory that this attack was a plot either by the Bush administration to promote the “New World Order or from Israel.
Sept 12, 2001. Alex Jones blames Israel for 9/11. pic.twitter.com/58JFtldgM6
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) September 11, 2022
From here, the InfoWars ecosystem accelerates its growth, fueled by conspiracy theories and the explosion of the internet and free online video content.
More and more absurd theories
According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Jones has been the promoter of many theories, all more or less preposterous, such as the falsehood of the Sandy Hook shooting, of course, Hillary Clinton being a demon, the juice boxes of fruits that would make children become gay, the use of a gay bomb by the American army, George Soros who would be a goblin, Justin Bieber who would be an instrument of satanics to vampirize the conscience of young people, etc.< /p>
However, if he is the instigator and the disseminator of these outlandish theories, he also uses them to incite his army of followers to attack his enemies.
In the context of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, a Jones supporter, following a discussion on his show, wished to storm, heavily armed, the pizzeria where the plot was allegedly taking place.
Alex Jones #Legend #pizzagate pic.twitter.com/6zSpfh7QYi
&mdash ; OutTheMatrix (@FreshOutThe90s) July 18, 2020
As a reminder, Pizzagate is a conspiracy theory according to which the democratic elites, like the Clintons or the Obamas, and the American financial elites, like George Soros or Bill Gates, meet in the basement of a pizzeria in the region of Washington DC to sacrifice children after raping them and draining them of their blood to use as an elixir of eternal youth.
Intimidation and banishment
< p>This example is one of many where Jones was also the driving force behind strategies of intimidation by his supporters to fight his enemies as he declared victory following the election of Donald Trump.
Banished since 2018 from many platforms such as YouTube, Twitter or Spotify, heavily condemned for his lies on Sandy Hook, his legal troubles are not over.
Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations. https://t.co/gckzUAV8GL
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
He is thus still being attacked for defamation by one of the people who captured on video the murder of a left-wing protester by a neo-Nazi during the events in Charlottetown in 2017. He had accused the latter, Brennan Gilmore, of being an agent of the “deep state”.
Facts are stubborn things. https://t.co/iKBL2tUVFC
— Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) May 16, 2022
He is also summoned to appear before the House Committee of Inquiry into the Jan. 6 Capitol Storming to discuss his involvement in the planning of the events.
The evening before the assault, he was present on an adjacent stage with members of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, white supremacist militias, and shouted not knowing “how this is all going to end, but if they want to fight, they better believe they have one.”
Still admired…despite everything
Despite this, he is still championed in the media by figures like Fox News star host Tucker Carlson, who calls him a better reporter than many reporters in the mainstream media. And politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene keep visiting her, bringing her more views and traffic, and therefore ad revenue.
There's a straight line between Alex Jones's program and Tucker Carlson's program pic.twitter.com/Tv50mdztT1
— Media Matters (@mmfa) October 12, 2022
Meanwhile, his online presence continues: his memes, new products and guides of all kinds, and his platforms of donations provide him with a steady stream of income that may allow him to pay the many compensations he will have to make.
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