Alex Jones’s craziest conspiracy theories, from the New World Order to gay frogs

If you’ve spent much time on the internet, you’ve probably encountered American talk radio host Alex Jones.

Footage of the presenter working himself into a patriotic fervour or ranting wildly about the latest “Deep State” outrage on The Alex Jones Show regularly goes viral, often collected into montages and set to thumping house music.

Mr Jones, resembling an irate raspberry in such moments, remains one of the American alt-right’s most popular and charismatic figures, commanding an audience of 70m fans (he says) who can’t get enough of the conspiracy theories he peddles on air, on his YouTube channel or via his websites InfoWars, NewsWars and Prison Planet.

Some of his most deranged include: the fear that the Robert Rodriguez grindhouse thriller Machete (2010) could start a race war between Mexicans and Americans; that the government controls the weather; that Michelle Obama is really a man; that Hillary Clinton being able to open a jar of pickles on Jimmy Kimmel’s chat show was fixed; that Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl half-time show enacted a Satanic rite; and, most famously, that the Pentagon has a “gay bomb”, chemicals from which it has allowed to leak into the water supply turning “the friggin’ frogs gay!” Let’s hope Pepe’s OK.

Mr Jones is regularly carried away by his own linguistic flair, working himself up into a blaze of fury. Check out his out-of-control encounter with Piers Morgan — a man he, quite understandably, petitioned to have deported — on the question of gun control in which he predicts a 1776-style revolutionary uprising should the government attempt to take the rifles of ordinary hardworking Americans.

At times, Alex Jones can be oddly endearing, regardless of your personal politics. Channelling the spirit of a Bible-pounding Texan evangelical preacher, his rhetorical flourishes are sometimes inspired.

At times, Alex Jones can be oddly endearing, regardless of your personal politics. Channelling the spirit of a Bible-pounding Texan evangelical preacher, his rhetorical flourishes are sometimes inspired.

He has repeatedly claimed that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012 was “completely faked with actors”, a hoax sponsored by the Obama administration to provide a pretext for introducing stiffer firearms restrictions. He is currently being sued by several families whose children were among the 27 killed when gunman Adam Lanza, 20, burst into the Connecticut school and opened fire.

His propagation of the notorious “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory — about senior Democrats running an occult paedophile ring from the basement of a restaurant in Washington, DC — was also blamed for inspiring a shooting that took place at the pizzeria in question, Comet Ping Pong, in December 2016. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, shot up the venue with an AR-15 assault rifle after deciding to “self-investigate” the claim. No one was hurt, but Mr Jones was forced to apologise for his part in spreading the rumour.

President Donald Trump nevertheless expressed his admiration for Alex Jones’s “amazing reputation” on the campaign trail, praise that was later rewarded with one of his weirdest public statements: ”I never expected Trump charging into a goblin’s nest to not get some goblin vomit and slop and blood on him — I just don’t want to catch him in bed with a goblin… I don’t want to see him kissing goblins, having political succubus with goblins, I don’t want to see him ingratiating goblins.”

Perhaps the last word on Alex Jones — “paleoconservative”, purveyor of dietary supplements, bullet-proof vests and brain pills and rumoured alter ego of not-really-dead stand-up comic Bill Hicks — should go to Hillary Clinton, given that she’s a reptilian space demon who privately rules the world anyway.

Speaking about his claims that 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings were “inside jobs”, Mrs Clinton pithily observed: “I don’t know what happens in somebody’s mind or how dark their heart must be to say things like that”.

Originally published at www.independent.co.uk on August 9, 2018.

Journalist at The Independent. Cinema and pop culture nut. See also @JoeSommerlad on Twitter and FadedVideo.co.uk

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