Don’t Confuse Alex Jones With The Facts, Please. Just. Don’t.
Another horrifying shooting, another idiotic conspiracy theory promulgated by Alex Jones.
In the wake of a shooting that claimed 26 lives at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday, Jones is claiming that the shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, was a member of the left-wing “Antifa” movement. The movement consists of autonomous anti-fascist groups, but there’s little evidence to suggest that Kelley was a member of any of these groups, SecondNexus reports.
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“Was this part of the Antifa revolution against Christians and conservatives or a Isis Op [sic]?” Jones tweeted on Sunday.
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) November 5, 2017
Then Infowars spawn and Real News (cough, cough) radio host David Knight chimed in:
Confirmed: Texas Shooter Was An Educated SJW Atheist, Who Carried Out His Sick & Twisted Dream To Kill Christians – https://t.co/vkIK7e7GEq
— RealNews (@RealNewsX2) November 6, 2017
And Jones further suggested that Kelley’s motives were “anti-Christian, and said left-wingers were “celebrating” the attack. He called Kelley a “violent revolutionary.” Well, obviously Kelley was violent — he was court-martialed in May 2014 by the U.S. Airforce for assaulting his wife and child, Heavy.com reports.
Texas gunman was court-martialed, confined 12 months and kicked out of USAF for assaulting his wife and their child, our DC bureau reports.
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) November 6, 2017
But Jones is the poster child for whack-job, unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. He has long contended that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, which killed 20 children and six adults, in Newtown, Connecticut, are a hoax, despite the reams of evidence that confirm the deadly violence. What’s really creepy here, is that he’s a Trump confidante and the president, who called Jones after the 2016 election to thank him for his support, considers him part of his inner circle.
Other nutters, perhaps encouraged by Jones, hopped on the misinformation bandwagon.
Like this guy:
The same Democrats who trafficked guns into Mexico, lost track of them, and got a Border Patrol agent killed are lecturing us on gun crime.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 6, 2017
Then there’s Jack Posobiec, another Trump fan. Posobiec has an enormous following on the social media, and he delights in fabricating harmful stories about leftists, Newsweek reports. He posted what appears to be a conversation between himself and a Twitter user named Dave Pollack and It’s Going Down (IGD), which describes itself as a “digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements.” The site is regularly associated with “Antifa” protests.
Fabricated whole cloth, possibly in order to incite violence. https://t.co/U5Oxg5NAPs
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) November 5, 2017
Here’s the tweet below:
Antifa discuss attacking churches pic.twitter.com/qeFFCjgEwo
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 3, 2017
A spokesman for IGD, who didn’t want to be named notified Newsweek via direct message that was entirely fabricated. Sadly, the tweet is being shared anyway, the spokesman noted.
The spokesman followed that up with this statement:
“Today we learned that Jack Posobiec was sharing a manufactured and fictitious conversation that was created to look like our account. The conversation implied that anarchists and antifa organizers are somehow supportive of church shootings,” the spokesman said. “Nothing could be further from the truth, and our hearts go out to people across the U.S. who have lost, and continue to lose loved ones in these horrific mass shootings.”
And Antifa United, a Facebook page that has thousands of members, had this to say:
Both the BBC and Snopes have provided plenty of evidence that this tragedy was not motivated by hatred of the religious, and also noted it wasn’t fueled by racist hate. Instead, it was a case of domestic violence turned deadly, the result of a fight between him, his ex-wife and her family.
Freeman Martin, the Regional Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told reporters that Kelley likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot after being shot by a “Good Samaritan.” Kelley was later found dead in his car.
“This was not racially motivated, it wasn’t over religious beliefs,” Martin said. “There was a domestic situation going on with the family and in-laws.”
He noted that Kelley had sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law over the last few days.
But let’s not confuse Alex Jones and his followers with the facts. He’s obviously half a paddle short of a canoe, and he’s a man who thinks nothing of cruelly harassing people whose children have died in horrific massacres, so why should this latest tragedy stop him?
Rolling Stone calls him “the most paranoid man in America,” and he is undoubtedly the king of ridiculous conspiracy theories.
He has claimed that Lady Gaga was going to conduct a Satanic ritual during the Superbowl, that the government is controlling the weather, and that the government has taken part in numerous terrorist and lone-gunman attacks.
And what’s really sad, is that millions of his followers believe every word he utters. It’s a sad commentary on how gullible some people really are.
In the video below, Jones “reports” on the church massacre in Texas.
Featured image courtesy of The Alex Jones channel via YouTube video