Alex Jones, propaganda broadcaster, InfoWars host, and human incarnation of a burst blood vessel, is facing yet another defamation lawsuit—this time (once again) in Texas, where InfoWars is based. The civil trial began Tuesday, and is to determine how much money Jones owes to the parents of victims of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
On Monday, Jones’ attorney indicated that the defendant would be absent from the start of the trial due to unspecified “medical issues,” according to the Washington Post. He showed up until the first day of trial proceedings, however. And the beat-faced blowhard quickly proceeded to piss off the judge.
“This is Kangaroo Court. This is a political action. It’s a witch hunt,” Jones told reporters During a short test break before overeating. The exchange was captured on video and posted to Twitter by Fox 7 Austin reporter Bridget Spencer.
Jones was immediately reprimanded by the trial judge for speaking to the media. “We’re not going to do that again,” District Judge Maya Gamble said. According to CNN reporter, Oliver Darcy. “Every participant in this trial … is ordered to remain silent outside this courtroom, or if any member of the jury is in sight.”
A well-known, far-right conspiracy theorist, Jones has propagated all kinds of baseless, dangerous, and outright bonnet ideas on the Internet. From the “Water is making frogs gay” rant, which was recalled and remixed on YouTube, to the claim that extreme weather is being caused by government weapons. However, the most damaging and pervasive of his conspiracies is that the Sandy Hook shooting relied on “crisis actors” to fabricate a national tragedy.
26 people, including 20 young children, were killed in Sandy Hook. Clearly, for the parents of those real victims, Jones’ propaganda campaign caused enormous suffering. Some surviving parents faced harassment and threats from Jones’ fanbase that spread from the internet to their real lives—even forcing them to relocate.
Jones’ defense attorney F. Andino Renal told the jury that his client has “repeatedly apologized for the coverage he gave to Sandy Hook” and is “sorry for what he did”, according to an insider report. However, even though Jones has publicly acknowledged that the mass shooting was not a hoax, he has used all manner of excuses to absolve himself of responsibility for the resulting harm—including claims of psychosis.
Prior to this, Jones has lost at least two other rounds of defamation lawsuits: one in Connecticut, and another in Texas. In an effort to avoid paying compensation to victims of its blatant lies, the broadcaster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for three of its companies in April, but was denied protection. He also managed to swindle a $5 million cryptocurrency donation from an unnamed donor.
If prosecutors get their way in the ongoing trial in Texas, what the Jones families owe will be just a drop in the bucket. A lawyer told the jury that Jones should be forced to pay $150 million for a “massive campaign of lies.”