Right-wing radio host Alex Jones is suggesting that a mass shooting that claimed at least 14 lives in San Bernardino, California “appears to be geared to elicit widespread public outrage.” Jones pushed the conspiracy theory only a few hours after an interview with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, where the candidate praised Jones' “amazing” reputation.
Jones and his website frequently promote far right-wing conspiracy theories arguing that high-profile mass shootings and other tragic events are staged by the government. He has claimed that both the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting and Aurora, Colorado, movie theater mass shooting were “staged.”
A December 2 Infowars article, which was promoted by Jones on his personal Facebook page, suggested that the shooting as actually a staged attack, claiming that “Several days before the shooting there was an active shooter drill held in neighboring Victorville, California,” and, “The shooting occurred hours after House Republicans blocked debate on a bill to prevent people on the government's no-fly list from exercising their Second Amendment right.”
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Hours before news broke of the shooting, Jones, who is considered to be the founder of the 9/11 Truther conspiracy theory movement, hosted GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on his radio show.
During the appearance, Trump praised Jones as having an “amazing” reputation and promised, “I will not let you down,” while Jones claimed 90 percent of his listeners are Trump supporters and said that the way in which Trump is conducting his presidential campaign is “George Washington level.”