Radio host Alex Jones has been spewing his conspiracy theories into microphones for for over 20 years, ever since his community college days when he first started accusing the government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing on public access channels in Austin, Texas. The self-described libertarian, who hosts The Alex Jones Show and operates the InfoWars website, has since ranted on a wide range of topics from New World Order plots turning Americans into sheep, to the truth behind the NASA moon landing, to terrorist attacks and mass shootings – including 9/11 and Sandy Hook – which he says are being covered up.
While Jones currently has millions of followers, there's one particularly troubling person who seems to be buying his theories. On December 2nd, 2015, President Donald Trump appeared on Jones' show, praising the conspiracy-minded host. "Your reputation is amazing," he said from his desk in Trump Tower. "I will not let you down." And so far, he hasn't. After the election in November, Trump called Jones to thank him for his service. As Jones told it, "He said, 'Listen, Alex, I just talked to kings and queens of the world, world leaders, you name it, but he said it doesn't matter, I wanted to talk to you, to thank your audience.'"
During the election season, Trump and Jones echoed each other's "alternative facts," both propagating false claims that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and that thousands of Muslims celebrated the collapse of the Twin Towers in New Jersey. Yet somewhere between Trump's fear-mongering about rigged elections and him tweeting lies like millions of undocumented immigrants voted for Hillary, even Jones expressed surprise that his theories were being given so much credence by such a powerful man. "It is surreal to talk about issues here on air and then word for word hear Trump say it two days later," he said in August. "It is amazing."
At 43, the "most paranoid man in America" has thrust himself into mainstream news cycle, reaching 1.9 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, over 6.7 million people visiting his website and 2 million tune in weekly to his syndicated radio show. All told, Jones is the most prolific conspiracy theorist in the country – yet he's still unknown to many in America. To give our readers a taste of the kind of rhetoric he loves, here are seven of his favorite conspiracy theories, explained.