Alex Jones’ Mis-Infowars: 7 Bat-Sh*t Conspiracy Theories
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.
Satanists are taking over America
To Jones, the coming New World Order is a “demonic high-tech tyranny” formed by satanist elites who manufacture economic and health crises, and are using selective breeding to create a supreme race. In November, he claimed that Hillary Clinton was connected to “top occultist Marina Abramovic” because the Yugoslavian performance artist once invited John Podesta, former chairman of Clinton’s presidential campaign, to a “spirit cooking” dinner. (Citing every teenage goth’s favorite Nineteenth-century occultist, Aleister Crowley, Infowars reported that dinner would include “eating semen, blood and breast milk.” In fact, the menu was made up of “traditional soups.”) Infowars has also linked the death of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to meeting with an Austrian secret society group named the Bohemian Grove, which the site traces back to the Illuminati.
But Jones doesn’t believe it’s just politicians who are working for the Prince of Darkness. In February, Jones posted videos to his Facebook page to announce that Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show would be a cover for a satanic rite. “She wears meat suits and does all these rituals… and the organizers of the Super Bowl are deciding to defile America and break our will by having us bow down to this,” Jones said. “They say she’s going to stand on top of the stadium, ruling over everyone with drones everywhere, surveilling everyone in a big swarm. To just condition them to say, ‘I am the goddess of Satan,’ ruling over them with the rise of the robots in a ritual of lesser magic.” That’s one way to describe what happened at halftime – though most just saw it as a family-friendly call for diversity and acceptance in America.
Bill Gates is a eugenicist trying to wipe out minorities
So, who is running the New World Order’s mass eugenics mission? It’s the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, of course. Jones has long believed that the foundation isn’t a philanthropic organization aimed at improving the health and education of children around the globe, rather it’s an evil entity vying for global domination. “I know who Bill Gates is,” Jones asserted, adding that the billionaire software developer’s father was a “top eugenicist,” because Bill Gates Sr. served on the board of Planned Parenthood. Jones goes on to says that IBM – for whom he says Gates is just a “front” – was set up as a eugenics trust with “the expressed mission of creating a world-wide race-based system and funded Adolf Hitler.”
The government is controlling the weather
Not only is the government using eugenics to reign supreme, it’s manipulating weather to murder people on demand. “Of course there’s weather weapon stuff going on,” Jones, who repeatedly suggested that Obama was using secret weapons to control the weather, said in 2013. “We had floods in Texas like 15 years ago, killed 30-something people in one night. Turned out it was the Air Force.” Jones thinks that natural disasters have been the result of government interference since the early 1990s. In the nearly three decades since, he’s said, major Western governments have been secretly “adding to jet fuel a whole host of radioactive isotopes” to manipulate the weather, even going as far as to “create and steer groups of tornadoes.” (While weather manipulation is real, it’s basically just a way to increase precipitation during drought – not to create superstorms.)
InfoWars has run reports suggesting that the government and High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), once owned by the United States Air Force, used electromagnetic waves to create major weather events like Hurricane Sandy. This rumor became so pervasive that in August, the University of Alaska Fairbanks – HAARP’s new owners – held an open house to show skeptics the facility “is not capable of mind control.” Yet Jones stands by his story – just last month he appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience, claiming that a general at HAARP admitted to him that they manipulate the weather.
Hillary Clinton is running a child sex ring out of a D.C.-area pizza restaurant
In December, a man named Edgar Maddison Welch drove from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., armed with an AR-15, to rescue children being held in a sex ring in the basement of Comet Pizza. When he found no children, Welch, 28, surrendered to police and told them he thought Clinton and Podesta were running the pedophilia ring. The falsehood spread when in October WikiLeaks began publishing leaked emails from the Clinton campaign director, and social media users began to theorize they contained food-related code words, such as “cheese pizza” meaning “child pornography.” In November, Jones posted a since-removed video, saying he had “zero fear” of standing up to Clinton even though she had “personally murdered children.” Using the hastag #pizzagate, he pushed the notion that Podesta had dined at Comet Pizza, and, naturally, figured it was the site of an underground pedophilia ring. Jones took to the air later that month and said that “Pizzagate is real” and urged his listeners to “go investigate it for yourself.”
Turns out Welch listens to Jones and shared the InfoWars articles. Jones has since backtracked, claiming that this was just a red herring to distract from the real evils of the Clintons. Jones later posted a “special emergency report” to tell his audience to “drop this, I smell a rat, it’s a diversion.” He removed his previous videos because he didn’t want to mainstream media to use his reports to distract from the real damage the Clinton family was doing. “They are coming after the free speech,” Jones said before he added, “This is all about shutting you down.”
The government is complicit in countless terrorist and lone-gunman attacks
In July 2001, Jones warned his audience that the government was planning to blame Osama bin Laden for the future destruction of the World Trade Center. On September 11th, he opened his radio show saying: “They need this as a pretext to bring you and your family martial law.” As the founding father of the 9/11 Truth movement, Jones has been pushing that the U.S. government was behind the attacks for over 15 years.
Based on his reading of the 9/11 Commission Report, Jones believes that the government was complicit in the attacks by assisting Saudi Arabia. “It says Saudi Arabia ran the attacks to blame Iraq that was always the plan,” he said. “And then our own government bare minimum stood down.” Last year, Infowars posted a video of Trump perpetuating the theory. “But it wasn’t the Iraqis, you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center,” Trump said. “Because they have papers in there that are very secret, you may find it’s the Saudis, OK?” In November, Jones pointed to Trump’s public comments on the attacks as evidence that he wasn’t part of the insider elite. If he were, “he would have gone along with the official story,” Jones said. “But he didn’t. He was there Day One saying what I was saying on the radio at the exact same time.”
But Jones doesn’t stop with 9/11 – he also claims the Boston Marathon bombing was an inside job, and has said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax that involved child actors. Jones has also said Jared Loughner, who killed six people and seriously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, was a “staged mind-control operation.” “The government employs geometric psychological-warfare experts that know exactly how to indirectly manipulate unstable people through the media,” Jones said. “They implanted the idea in his head by repeatedly asking, ‘Is Giffords in danger?'” In 2016, the Brussels attacks and the Pulse shooting in Orlando were “false flag” operations, Jones said, arguing that the government allowed radical Islamists into the country so they “can attack us and then have our freedoms taken.”
Most recently, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway echoed Jones’ belief that the media ignores terrorist attacks when she spoke on the non-existent Bowling Green massacre by Iraqi refugees. Conway has since admitted her wrongdoing, but that didn’t stop Trump from going further and suggesting the media actively doesn’t report on such attacks and in “many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” Why not? “They have their reasons,” Trump said, “and you understand that.”
Millions of undocumented immigrants illegally voted in the election
In August, Infowars posted an article, “Hillary Clinton Will Try To Steal Election With Illegal Votes,” which stated that Clinton launched the “My Dream, Your Vote” campaign to reach over 700,000 illegal immigrants. In November, another story, “Three Million Votes In Presidential Election Cast By Illegal Immigrants” cited VoteFraud.org’s Greg Phillips, a former official with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, who contended it had “completed an analysis of 180 million voter registrations.” Trump quickly jumped on the bandwagon and tweeted that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” – though that was entirely without evidence. Trump’s claims were debunked as inquiries from mainstream newspapers proved in all 50 states found “no states that reported indications of widespread fraud.” But that didn’t stop Trump from tweeting again in January to say that he “looked forward to seeing final results” of Phillips’ analysis that said “at least 3 million votes were illegal.”
On the season premiere of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver did a segment about Jones’ influence over the new president. “Trump validated his supporters’ beliefs about voter fraud and, in turn, they validated his,” Oliver said about Trump’s reliance on information from Phillips and Jones. Of course, when Oliver described InfoWars pushing stories like “tap water is a gay bomb and they are putting chemicals in the water to turn the friggin’ frogs gay,” he was joking. Mostly.
Former Fox News host Glenn Beck is a CIA operative
A longtime opponent of the media in all its forms, Jones has also cooked up conspiracy theories about fellow radio hosts. In a 2011 Rolling Stone profile, Alexander Zaitchik wrote that “Jones draws a bigger audience online than Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck combined – and his conspiracy-laced rants make the two hosts sound like tea-sipping NPR hosts on Zoloft.”
While Beck has since stepped back from the divisive rhetoric that made him famous, Jones has doubled down, accusing his fellow right-wing talk-show host of “stealing his ideas, guests and research.” In April 2014, Jones posted a video on his YouTube channel attacking Beck, saying Beck worked as an “Obama agent” and his staff office is a “CIA/FBI substation.” He added that this might be a recent development. “If he wasn’t always a spook, he was brought in by them over the last four years,” Jones said. In December, Beck, who had been interviewed the previous month for the New York Times Magazine article, titled “Glenn Beck Is Sorry About All That,” mentioned that Jones believed he was “a CIA operative that helped orchestrate the cover up of 9/11” and added that his accuser is “a really spooky guy, and you just have to be careful” – this from the man who made prepping a national pastime.