Conspiracy theorist and Donald Trump ally Alex Jones claimed President Obama let the tragic mass shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse happen because he wants to ban “your speech” and “guns.” Trump and his campaign surrogates have been heavily courting Jones and his audience during the presidential campaign.
Jones hosts The Alex Jones Show and is the proprietor of Infowars.com. He believes in toxic conspiracy theories about national tragedies, including the Oklahoma City bombing, Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown, CT, school shooting, and 9/11.
While Jones for years has operated at the fringes of conspiracy media, he has been courted by Trump and advisers like Roger Stone and Stephen Miller. As a result, Jones has become one of the leading media allies for Trump’s campaign.
Jones repeatedly called the deadly Orlando terror attack a “false flag” and accused the government of letting the attack happen for political reasons. Jones’ website defines a false flag as a covert and deceptive operation that is used to “influence elections, guide national and international policy, and [to] cynically ... formulate propaganda and shape public opinion as nations go to war.”
Jones posted a YouTube video shortly after the shooting and claimed the “attacks on Orlando were a false flag terror attack. But before the mainstream media takes that out of context, I want to be clear. Our government and the governments of Europe allowed these huge hordes of radical jihadis in and have even allowed them in without vetting them on record, landing at airports across the country and not even checking their passports, IDs or visas. Our governments are bringing these people in and they’re allowing them to operate openly in our society so they can attack us and then have our freedoms taken.” He then concluded that President Obama “let it happen” so he can “pass laws and hate laws banning your speech” and taking “your guns.”
During the June 12 broadcast of his program, Jones claimed Obama is “not the president. He is a globalist, Wahhabist.” He then said that “our governments of Europe and the United States are bringing” in terrorists and when “they attack, they come out and say it’s your fault. … It’s your fault, the veteran, the gun owner, the patriot.”
While appearing on Fox News in the wake of the Orlando shooting, as The Huffington Post wrote, Trump implied “that President Barack Obama harbored some sort of connection, perhaps even sympathies, to Muslims who had committed acts of terror in the United States.”