YouTube deleting the profile of InfoWars’ Alex Jones is a good time to remind everyone that his fans have made a habit of stalking grieving Sandy Hook parents.
After a 20-year-old gunman slaughtered 20 children between the ages of six and seven and seven more adults in Sandy Hook, Connecticut in 2012, Alex Jones used his massive platform to repeatedly tell his millions of YouTube subscribers that the shooting was a hoax ginned up by the government to take away everyone’s guns.
“We’ve clearly got people where it’s actors playing different parts of different people,” Jones said in 2014. “I’ve looked at it and undoubtedly there’s a cover-up, there’s actors, they’re manipulating, they’ve been caught lying and they were pre-planning before it and rolled out with it.”
Jones’ constant casting of doubt on the veracity of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has riled up his followers — many of whom have dedicated years to stalking and harassing grieving parents who are now unable to visit the graves of their children.
In a recent New York Times article, Sandy Hook parents Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Posner described having to relocate seven different times due to ongoing stalking from Alex Jones’ fans. They now apparently live in a high-security compound hundreds of miles away from their six-year-old child’s grave.
“I would love to go see my son’s grave and I don’t get to do that, but we made the right decision,” De La Rosa told the Times, adding that stalkers have found each of their subsequent new residences “with the speed of light.
“[Jones’ fans] have their own community, and they have the ear of some very powerful people.”
YouTube’s decision to pull Alex Jones’ channel from its site comes after Facebook did the same to Jones’ personal profile and the official InfoWars page. Both Apple and Spotify have removed Jones’ podcasts from their respective libraries. This may be partially due to an ongoing defamation lawsuit several Newtown, Connecticut parents filed against Jones. The lawsuit called Jones the “chief amplifier” of “loathsome, false narratives” about the deadly December 2012 shooting, accusing the InfoWars founder of propagating conspiracy in a craven attempt to make money.
“The Jones defendants concoct elaborate and false paranoia-tinged conspiracy theories because it moves product and they make money,” the lawsuit states. “Not because they truly believe what they are saying, but rather because it increases profits.”
As early as 2015, then-candidate Donald Trump praised Alex Jones during an interview on InfoWars, saying the conspiracy theorist’s reputation was “amazing.” In a February 2017 broadcast, Jones claimed he spoke regularly with President Trump about “freedom and our common goal to destroy our enemies.” Other officials within the U.S. government are apparently Alex Jones fans, with several FBI agents reportedly initiating surveillance of a black activist after watching an InfoWars video about a Black Lives Matter march.
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Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.