A man allegedly linked to a scheme to keep Donald Trump in office using fake GOP electors was present at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, following conspiracy theorist Alex Jones around and filming him on his phone, according to CNN. Attorney Kenneth Chesebro allegedly wore a red “Trump 2020” hat as he trailed the Infowars host in the Capitol grounds, though there is no indication that he actually entered the Capitol building. It’s not clear why Chesebro was following Jones. Chesebro was one of 18 people indicted alongside Trump on racketeering charges in Georgia this week.
Jan 19, 2023: Philadelphia Inquirer: We need a functioning democracy. Teaching media literacy can help. | Editorial
Adding to the polarization and spread of falsehoods are reckless sites such as Infowars. A jury recently ordered founder Alex Jones to pay $473 million for promoting conspiracy theories surrounding the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is a rare case of accountability — one which came a decade and countless fabricated stories later.
Jan 13, 2023: Uproxx: Bankrupt Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Claims He Can’t Go Anywhere Without People Slobbering All Over Him: ‘Women Are Throwing Themselves At Me’
Former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski shared a 45-second clip from a recent episode of InfoWars, in which Jones barked about how much people just love him. Comparing his life of a decade or so ago with what it’s like today, Jones explained:
Now I go to a restaurant and I say, ‘Listen, can I be put in a private room?’ Not ‘cause I don’t care about the public, but it’s gonna make a major scene. If they don’t have a private room, you know what happens? My food gets bought almost every time. And I get mobbed all around the table. And I’m signing autographs for the waiters. And the owner comes out. And I get followed into the parking lot. And women are throwing themselves at me. And I’m not bragging about it, I’m just telling you.
Jan 13, 2023: Toronto Sun: Piers Morgan's interview with Alex Jones turns into massive fight
Alex Jones as the two men attempted a second interview. But similar to their first sit-down, things quickly got heated – to the point where Morgan could no longer take it and hung up on his guest.
Jan 6, 2022: The Bulwark: The Twisted, Trumpist Religion of Jan. 6th
This past November, Michael Flynn, sitting alongside Alex Jones and Mike Lindell, called for a single religion in America. (All three men were speakers at the Dec. 12, 2020 Jericho March rally.) Flynn has also apparently espoused the views of a murderous white supremacist and has worked to stitch together prophetic, apocalyptic, and other extremist Christian groups into a broad coalition.
Dec 25, 2021: Raw Story: Alex Jones declares Trump is either ignorant or evil in 'emergency Christmas message'
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones issued an "Emergency Christ Message" to Donald Trump following the former president's defense of Covid-19 vaccines.
Dec 2, 2021: HuffPost: Tucker Carlson Fawns Over Alex Jones, Praises His Skills As A 'Journalist'
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday called one of the nation’s leading conspiracy theorists, Alex Jones, a good “journalist” and defended the Infowars host as “innocent of inciting crime” in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Sept 27, 2021: Wonkette: Unvaxxed Wingnut Cartoonist Ben Garrison Has COVID, Thinks Hospital Will Try To Kill Him
Garrison told Gizmodo that his friend, Robert David Steele — a man who claims to have been a former CIA agent and who was the source for Alex Jones's famous "child slaves on Mars" conspiracy -- died when he went to the hospital, which can only mean one thing.
December 16, 2021:
This paragraph is from an article from Charisma News:
As the popularity of the tour grew and the demand for Clark to appear on various media outlets rose, someone sent him the Kim Clement prophecy from April 20, 2013, that seems to have a clear connection to his calling to reawaken America. It mentions a "man by the name of Mr. Clark," and says in part, "You have been determined through your prayers to influence this nation. You're watching me; you're an influential person. The Spirit of God says, 'Hear the word of the prophet to you as a king, I will open that door that you prayed about.'"
In essence, it is Christian Nationalism in its formative stages in the Charismatic movement today. Clay Clark is a part of the "Reawaken America" (being sponsored by Charisma Magazine) tour. To begin with, a prophecy only points to revelation about Jesus Christ. Clark, for the record, is NOT Jesus...though he appears to claim a relationship. Kim Clement is a faux self-proclaimed prophet and has been spewing pro-Trump "prophecies" for a few years now. Don't be deceived. Clark is a grifting charlatan who uses worse from the Bible to meet his end. Good and bad things came out of the Charismatic Movement...but more bad than good...and a lot of hurt people who may have walked away from God forever because of it. Fellow members of Reawaken America include Michale Flynn, Roger Stone, Mike Lindell, Sam Sorbo, Sidney Powell, Alan Keyes, Alex Jones, Lara Logan and Ken Paxton, among others.
The thing that makes people like Cark dangerous is that they believe they are on a mission from God.
May 14, 2022:
Screaming “this is all out war!” Alex Jones and Roger Stone tell their followers that the only way to win the war against evil Democrats is to send them money and buy their products.
I think theyre channeling the spirits of the Osteens, Paula White, and others from that "pay-your-way-to-heaven" ilk.
From my "It Couldn't Have Happened To a Worser Guy" File:
Alex Jones Puts Infowars’ Parent Company Into Bankruptcy During Texas Defamation Trial
Free Speech Systems filed for chapter 11, the second time Infowars has turned to bankruptcy to try to resolve Sandy Hook families’ defamation lawsuits
Infowars founder Alex Jones and parent company Free Speech Systems have been ordered by a Connecticut jury to pay $965 million in damages to the families of eight victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. This is the largest amount to date that Jones has had to pay for spreading falsehoods about the 2012 shooting, The Washington Post reports.
Jones has been found liable for defamation for calling the shooting a hoax and alleging that the victims' families were actors, resulting in their harassment, reports The New York Times. The case presented a particularly bad financial "risk" for Jones, considering he was found to have violated Connecticut's Unfair Trade Practices Act (under which there is no cap on punitive damages), the Times continues.
After the Alex Jones verdict today, Marjorie Taylor Greene had this to say about it: “No matter what you think of Alex Jones all he did was speak words.” She wrote on Twitter: "He was not the one who pulled the trigger.
Were his words wrong and did he apologize? Yes. That’s what freedom of speech is. Freedom to speak words. Political persecution must end."
The problem with illogical people like Greene is that Jones was espousing nonsense and claiming it was "the truth." Now had Jones stated before every show that he was making stuff up...then it would be different. And he could rattle off all the nonsense he wanted to.
Jones (and Trump..and Greene) follow the same school of logic in that they feed their nonsense to "the uneducated" and and purposely feed their nonsense to the lowest common denominator on the "Illogical" scale of reality.
Greene is a Christian Nationalist, and, hence has little knowledge of what is in the Bible, let alone know who God is. ...but James 3:3-6 says; When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell."
I fully accept the explanation of the power of the tongue by James.
Alex Jones claims that he can’t go to a restaurant anywhere in peace: “My food gets bought almost every time, I get mobbed all around the table, and I’m signing autographs for the waiters, I get followed to the parking lot, women are throwing themselves at me.” pic.twitter.com/Bs4Feq0Im6— Ron Filipkowski □□ (@RonFilipkowski) January 13, 2023