There is officially no tragedy that Alex Jones of Infowars cannot make infinitely worse. From the Sandy Hook shooting to Pizzagate, Jones’s self-described “character” actor on his radio show, popular only among the most insane of conspiracy theorists, worked overtime following the Las Vegas mass shooting to incite violence against left-wing voters.
Those who caught Jones’s live feed on the morning following the largest mass shooting in history were stunned to hear Jones calling the shooting a “false flag operation” and calling for violence against liberals.
Jones also insisted on his show that he had predicted the shooting when he did a segment saying that leftists were declaring war against conservatives to begin on October 1. Jones did not mention how many thousands of times he’s made the same prediction before the shooting in Las Vegas. This particular prediction, according to Jones, was prompted by the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, in which Communists in Russia overthrew their government.
Jones’s site was also able to dig up a few tweets by those claiming to be leftists who said they hoped that only Trump supporters had been victims and celebrating the shooting of white Americans. This, according to Infowars, is the story on which right-wingers should be focused today.
First up was the Twitter account of a woman whose bio claimed she was a “teacher, mother, sister, woman.” The account has already been deleted along with the offensive tweet.
The second purported to be the account of a man of color, who garnered a horrifying response from another Twitter user. The first account has yet to be suspended; the second already has been.
There is very little information regarding the shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, and no indication at this time of his political ideology or that the shooting is at all politically motivated. Jones recklessly incites violence in his listeners, as exemplified by the shooting at Comet Ping Pong Pizza in Washington, D.C., which Jones claimed was running a child sex trafficking ring out of its basement, supported by Hillary Clinton and her campaign.
That conspiracy theory led 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch to open fire with an assault rifle inside the pizzeria, which police reported has no basement.
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