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Alex Jones’ Mis-Infowars: 7 Bat-Sh*t Conspiracy Theories

From “false flag” attacks to man-made hurricanes, a look at the favorite talking points of the “most paranoid man in America”

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. 

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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’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

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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