Alex Jones, the loud mouthpiece of Infowars, has long been in a kind of middle of the road acceptance among the left who lean into conspiracy. Everything from chemtrails to FEMA death camps are regular points of contention for his audience. These stories pull people from across the aisle in agreement that our Government is up to something elaborate and bad for the American public. Personally, I think a government barely capable of agreeing climate change is happening would then be able to agree how secret detention facilities/death camps for U.S. citizens would work. But I digress. You might have heard recently that Presidential candidate Donald Trump had some ignorant things to say about Mexicans. And following suit, Alex Jones has made a critical error in revealing himself for the bigot he really is.
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. … When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” – Donald Trump, Presidential Candidate
Wow! Now, I’m not surprised the man who can’t keep his hair on his head also can’t keep his mouth shut, or that he has some extremely bigoted racist views. What did surprise me is Infowars recent quest to defend Trumps’ statement.
Recently, Infowars ran a story titled “Illegal with 7 felonies who shot woman dead proves Trump’s point”. I was genuinely surprised (though maybe I shouldn’t have been) to see Infowars go down this road, since Infowars has gained a pretty big left-leaning following during Obama’s presidency. Liberals who have a problem with Obama’s handling of drone strikes and the NSA or fall into the conspiratorial camp have been a big, new audience for Jones, but now with the 2016 election drawing closer he seems to have reverted into a full on, bigoted, racist, conservative.
This is a good thing.
Alex Jones is ripping the bandaid off himself, saving everyone else a lot of time and effort. Even the most conspiratorial gun nut liberals will agree: racism and bigotry have no place in 2015 America. Alex Jones exposing himself for who he really is, is one small step in eliminating the kinds of views he holds.
Here are some choice quotes from the facebook discussion on the article.