Seeing as I’m not a doctor or any sort of mental health professional, I don’t like to throw out the words “crazy” and “insane” that often when describing someone. So when I say that a person has to be insane/crazy to believe anything that InfoWars’ Alex Jones says, I’m not using hyperbole. To believe that, of all people, Alex Jones is a credible source of information means you have to believe that most mass shootings/terrorist attacks were carried out by the government, that they’re using chemicals in our water to make people gay, that Sandy Hook was a hoax, Michelle Obama is really a man, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are literally demons who smell like sulfur, and Obama used a “weather weapon” to create tornadoes in Oklahoma — because those are just a few of the preposterous things Jones has claimed are true.
Even if you think Jones is simply a fraud and con man, to believe and trust anything this unhinged, vile creature says certainly does require absolute insanity.
For instance, his latest conspiracy that Donald Trump (like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush before him, apparently) is being slowly drugged.
Here’s part of his dangerous rant, as transcribed by Media Matters:
Ladies and gentlemen, I was told this by high level sources and it was evident and especially after [Ronald] Reagan was shot in his first year in office when he was acting like Trump, and doing the right things, that he never really recovered. They gave him cold blood, and his transfusion that causes brain damage. They slowly gave him small amounts of sedatives. It’s known that most presidents end up getting drugged. Small dosages of sedatives till they build it up. Trump’s such a bull he hasn’t fully understood it yet.
But I’ve talked to people, multiple ones, and they believe that they are putting a slow sedative that they’re building up that’s also addictive in his Diet Cokes and in his iced tea and that the president by 6 or 7 at night is basically slurring his words and is drugged. Now first they had to isolate him to do that. But yes, ladies and gentleman, I’ve talked to people that talk to the president now at 9 at night, he is slurring his words. And I’m going to leave it at that. I’ve talked to folks that have talked to him directly.
So notice, “Oh, he’s mentally ill. Oh, he’s got Alzheimer’s.” They isolate him then you start slowly building up the dose, but instead of treating it like poison, like venom of a cobra, or a rattlesnake, or a water moccasin where you build it up slowly so that you get a immunity to it, you’re building it slowly so the person doesn’t notice it. First it’s almost zero, just a tiny bit and then a little more and then your brain subconsciously becomes addicted to it and wants it and so as the dose gets bigger and bigger you get more comfortable in it. The president’s about two months into being covertly drugged. Now I’m risking my life, by the way, telling you all this. I was physically sick before I went on air. Because I’m smart. And I don’t mean that in a braggadocious way. I mean I’m not dumb. The information you’re going to get today is super dangerous. In fact, I’m tempted just to let it out now so they don’t cut the show off or something before this goes out. I mean this is the kind of thing that gets you killed.
Keep in mind, this isn’t Jones saying this is what he thinks could be going on, nor is he tossing out something he feels could happen, he’s saying that “high level sources” are personally telling him that the current “president” is being slowly drugged.
Not only that, but other presidents “have been drugged,” too, because that’s what the “power structure” does to create their “puppet.”
Notice what’s missing in Jones’ preposterous rant? Any sort of facts, credible details, or even a hint of who might be doing this to Trump. Like with most of Jones’ asinine ramblings, he just uses vague accusations, says these random, phantom sources are telling him something is true, then he pushes his insanity to the people out there who are mentally unstable enough to actually believe him.
I’m a staunch supporter of the First Amendment, freedom of speech and the freedom of the press, but this sort of insanity being pushed by Jones is flat-out dangerous.
Whether any of us like it or not, there are people in this country — more than just a handful, by the way — who do think Alex Jones is credible. When they hear him spew nonsense like this while claiming he’s risking his life by doing so, they end up thinking there are actual high-level sources telling him these things and that their “president” is being slowly and covertly drugged.
If you don’t think people like Alex Jones could ever inspire people to act out violently, you’re dangerously naive.
We already saw what could happen a while back when a man opened fire at a pizza restaurant Jones claimed was a front for some sort of disgusting operation run by Hillary Clinton and her former campaign chairman John Podesta. Luckily nobody was killed, though innocent people easily could have been.
We also can’t forget the Jade Helm nonsense from a couple of years ago when people inspired by that insanity opened fire on military personnel.
I believe there’s a fine line between someone expressing an opinion based upon the protections given to us by the First Amendment, and someone pushing dangerous conspiracy theories where they claim that “high-level sources” close to the “president” are convinced he’s being drugged.
Furthermore, if true, wouldn’t Jones need to reveal his sources to the Secret Service? After all, if there are people trying to poison the “president,” and Jones has “high-level sources” telling them this is happening, then that’s clearly a very illegal crime and those people need to be arrested as soon as possible, right?
Wait, let me guess, the Secret Service is probably in on it, too.
I always forget the first rule of any full-of-crap conspiracy theorist is to claim anything factual or rational that easily debunks your b.s. is “part of the conspiracy.”
Though I do hope someone asks Donald Trump about Jones’ claim. I would absolutely love to see what Trump thought about Alex Jones, someone he’s claimed has an “amazing” reputation, telling people that he’s being drugged by people around him. I’m pretty certain Trump would love to know the source who told Jones that and who might be involved.
I think this is one conspiracy for which Jones needs to answer, either by revealing his sources so that the proper authorities can investigate, or by admitting what’s most likely true — that he’s nothing but a two-bit con man who made it all up.
Because let’s not kid ourselves about what Jones claimed is happening. No matter what anyone reading this may think of Trump, Jones just claimed that “high-level sources” are telling him that the current “President” of the United States is being slowly drugged.
While the First Amendment does mostly protect journalists from revealing their sources, in certain instances, mostly when crimes are involved, some have been jailed and/or fined for refusing court orders to do so. And I’m fairly certain that when it comes to sources who’ve supposedly told Alex Jones that the current “president” is being drugged against his will, based on precedent, those sources wouldn’t fall under the protection of the First Amendment.
In other words, Alex Jones may have just backed himself into a corner from which he’s not going to be able to escape without either giving up his sources or admitting to the world that he’s completely full of crap.
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