In front of the mic, Jones portrays Trump as the savior and has repeated the former president's baseless claims on voter fraud. But behind the mic, it seems the radio host cannot stand him.
Far-right media personality Alex Jones has made a multimillion-dollar business out of fearmongering and has millions of people listening to him every week as he churns out conspiracy theories. The radio host used to be hailed as one of Trump's biggest supporters and loudest mouthpieces. But now, in a recently leaked video, he has been caught saying that he's absolutely sick of the former president.
"It’s the truth and I’m just going to say it. That I wish I never would have f**king met Trump," said Jones during a shoot for a 2019 documentary called You Can’t Watch This.
Funded by Jones, the propaganda documentary was shot in Austin, Texas and the video was taken by filmmaker Caolan Robertson, who caught the conspiracy theorist making the out-of-the-blue statements. After shooting the video, Jones later asked Robertson not to include those statements in the documentary, as reported by VICE.
To prove that Jones made a profitable business out of faking support for Trump and taking advantage of his ardent fans, Robertson released the video to Hatewatch, which is a Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) initiative.
"I wish it never would have happened. And it’s not the attacks I’ve been through. I’m so sick of f**king Donald Trump, man," Jones said in the footage leaked to Hatewatch. "God, I’m f**king sick of him. And I’m not doing this because, like, I’m kissing his f**king ass, you know. It’s, like, I’m sick of it."
On his talk show, Infowars, it almost became an everyday-thing for Jones to idolize Trump ever since he began campaigning to be the 45th president of America, which is a stark contrast to Jones' recently-leaked statements. Filmmaker Robertson also released a screenshot of the messages Jones sent him about the footage, where the radio host requested: "Please don’t put me b**ching in the film. I don’t do it a lot. But when I do look out."
During the documentary's shoot, Jones also made fun of his audience while the camera was switched off and claimed that they would "buy anything," even "dick pills," according to details Robertson disclosed.
"Alex Jones doesn’t care about most of the stuff he professes to," Robertson told Hatewatch. "It just shows he doesn’t care about anything he talks about. He doesn’t like Trump but then goes on camera talking about how Trump is the savior."
Over the years, Jones has claimed time after time that terrorist attacks such as 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombings are "false flag" operations spearheaded by the government or by evil "globalist" forces that are taking over the world, according to SPLC. Those who read, watch, and listen to such conspiracy theories can resort to taking up violence, as seen in the events that took place on January 6 when rioters stormed the US Capitol building.
Who is Alex Jones?👇— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) March 2, 2021
He's one of the most prolific conspiracy theorists & anti-government extremists who's made millions off of his "hate business" – which since 2016 has been promoting Trump daily on his talk show, Infowars.
Read Jones' extremist file:https://t.co/3OuGRJioGq
Before the Capitol riot, Jones was one among the several individuals that helped stir up controversy and repeat the baseless claims of voter fraud that Trump had been making before the attack. Jones had said on the day before the insurrection, as quoted by Independent, "We have only begun to resist the globalists. We have only begun our fight against their tyranny. They have tried to steal this election in front of everyone. I don’t know how this is all going to end, but if they want to fight, they better believe they’ve got one."
After the video of Jones was leaked, SPLC Senior Investigative Reporter Michael Edison Hayden said, "Alex Jones built a multi-million-dollar business selling supplements, lies and hate. It’s not necessarily about ideology for him, it’s more about money. Jones, like other extreme far-right grifters, showed how far he was willing to take his hate business on January 6, when he helped inspire Trump’s fans to commit an act of political violence."
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