Pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been filmed admitting that he is “so f***ing sick” of the former president in leaked footage from 2019.
The <em>InfoWars</em> host has arguably been the face of outlandish misinformation in America long before Trump and QAnon brought such beliefs crashing into the mainstream conservative discourse.
He has positioned himself as a staunch ally of the 45th president – most notably recently claiming that he was directed by Trump to lead the 6 January march against the Capitol while somehow simultaneously peddling the conspiracy that it was actually Antifa who carried out the insurrection in a false-flag attack.
But leaked footage from a January 2019 interview – during which he allegedly bragged off-camera that his viewers would “buy anything” and that he could sell them “dick pills” if he wanted – appears to significantly undermine the narrative he pushes to his audience, from whom he has made millions of dollars.
“It’s the truth and I’m just going to say it. That I wish I never would have f***ing met Trump,” Jones said while shooting a propaganda film calledYou Can’t Watch This.
“I wish it never would have happened. And it’s not the attacks I’ve been through. I’m so sick of f***ing Donald Trump, man. God, I’m f***ing sick of him. And I’m not doing this because, like, I’m kissing his f***ing ass, you know. It’s, like, I’m sick of it.”
The footage was sent to the Southern Poverty Law Centre’s HateWatch initiative by Caolan Robertson – who previously worked as a filmmaker and publicist for far-right figures, most notably Tommy Robinson, going viral himself for a hate-laden speech in response to the Westminster Bridge terror attack in 2017. He has since sought to distance himself from his former views, which he dubbed “so cringe” on Sky News in 2019, recently co-launching a de-radicalisation project called Future Freedom.
“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 saviour.”
Along with the footage, Robertson also provided screenshots of text messages purporting to show Jones asking him not to include the rant in the final cut of the film.
“Please don’t put me bitching in the film. I don’t do it a lot. But when I do look out,” Jones allegedly wrote.
Many on social media appeared unsurprised by Jones’ apparent mask-slip, so to speak.
To the surprise of no one: https://t.co/eFhr2jlFz3
— Rodrigo Del Campo (@Rodrigo Del Campo)
People fall for the craziest of things. He's a character not a real person. Lies all the time to agitate and make m… https://t.co/9uLXNfLyDO
Meanwhile, the FBI and Department of Justice are reportedly investigating Jones and his fellow “Stop the Steal” leaders Roger Stone and Ali Alexander, to determine the extent to which they may have incited the Capitol riot.