`You looked really shook up when you talked about yours truly.’ On Hillary Clinton and Alex Jones.

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Good morning Austin:

Hillary Clinton went there yesterday.

In her speech attacking Donald Trump for mainstreaming America’s racist right, Clinton named names, including that of an Austin icon, or at any rate, an alt-Austin icon – Alex Jones – a local broadcaster and polemicist with enormous national reach and consequence.

You underestimate Alex Jones at your peril.

After all, were it not for Jones, Texas might have slept through Jade Helm.

Yesterday, Jones was given his due by the Democratic nominee for president, and he couldn’t be happier.

Here is what Clinton said about Jones in her speech in Reno, Nevada, yesterday.

This is someone who retweets white supremacists online, like the user who goes by the name ‘white-genocide-TM.’  Trump took this fringe bigot with a few dozen followers and spread his message to 11 million people.

His campaign famously posted an anti-Semitic image – a Star of David imposed over a sea of dollar bills – that first appeared on white supremacist websites.


The Trump campaign has also selected a prominent white nationalist leader as a delegate in California.  And they only dropped him under pressure.


When asked in a nationally televised interview whether he would disavow the support of David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Trump wouldn’t do it.  Only later, again under mounting pressure, did he backtrack.


And when Trump was asked about anti-Semitic slurs and death threats coming from his supporters, he refused to condemn them.


Through it all, he has continued pushing discredited conspiracy theories with racist undertones.


You remember, he said that thousands of American Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks.  They didn’t.


He suggested that Senator Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination.  Perhaps in Trump’s mind, because Mr. Cruz was a Cuban immigrant, he must have had something to do with it.  And there is absolutely, of course, no evidence of that.


Just recently, Trump claimed that President Obama founded ISIS.  And then he repeated that over and over again.

His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health.  All I can say is, Donald, dream on.

But, but my friends– but my friends, this is what happens when you treat the National Enquirer like Gospel. They said in October I’d be dead in six months.


It’s also what happens when you listen to the radio host Alex Jones, who claims that 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings were inside jobs.  He even said, and this really is just so disgusting, he even said that the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre were child actors and no one was actually killed there. I don’t know what actually happens in somebody’s mind or how dark their heart must be, to say something like that.


But Trump didn’t challenge those lies.  He went on Jones’ show and said, ‘Your reputation is amazing.  I will not let you down.’


This from the man who wants to be President of the United States.

 

Here is Jones’ reply.

Some excerpts:

Earlier today, Hillary Clinton, the individual who openly stole the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, gave a press conference in Reno, Nevada, where she attacked the resistance to her takeover of this country by foreign banks, the Saudi Arabian government, the communist Chinese and others – make no mistake, that’s who this lady is, that’s what her foundation is. She’s in deep trouble.

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It was crazy. It was total lies. It was a thousand times more ridiculous than Bill Clinton saying, `I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.

And then she did it.

She came out and misrepresented and basically twisted what I’ve said. She lied to the people, not just of the U.S., but of the world, and said that when I talk about 9/11 being an inside job, that the whole government did it, and that I say no children died at Sandy Hook, and they were all actors. I’ve never said any of those things.

Sure they’ve edited videos together to misrepresent, but it’s just as big a lie as saying Donald Trump likes David Duke. It’s a fraud.

Look at her when she holds her hand over her heart and talks about how I have this dark heart. How I’m the evil person.

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For you to see I’ve got a black heart when you are a known war criminal, and a war mongerer …  is the height of hypocrisy.

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Hillary, I am really proud that during the of your lengthy press conference, you look really shook up when you talked about yours truly. And I hope you’re really shook up because you know you’re dealing with somebody who’s committed and will never stop what I’m doing, and you know that I see you and I know what you’ve done.

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As an American and as a patriot, I’m not scared of you bully because I know that no matter what you do, you’re never going to kill these ideas, because  to quote V for Vendetta, ideas are bullet-proof.

Jones has forged a relationship with Trump.

From Paul Joseph Watson, the editor at large of Infowars.com.

Paranoid Hillary Smears Alex Jones During Conspiracy-Obsessed Rant

Claims Vladimir Putin is “Godfather” of the ‘Alt-Right’

The speech in Reno was billed as Hillary’s moment to demonize Trump by equating him with racist, white supremacist conspiracy theorists, but she ended up weaving a giant fairytale of her own, reinvoking the vast “right wing conspiracy” that she has been ridiculed for hammering on in the past.

Except this time it’s former KGB agent and Russian President Vladimir Putin who is somehow the evil genius secretly controlling Infowars, Breitbart, Nigel Farage and the entire Alt-Right. Hillary said Putin is, “The godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism.”

But Trump is the conspiracy theorist.

Yeah, OK Hillary.

Hillary also accused Trump of “taking hate groups mainstream,” the very thing that her and Barack Obama have done by supporting ‘Black Lives Matter’ – a group that has inspired the murder of police officers and whose ideological inspiration is a convicted cop killer on the FBI’s Most Wanted Domestic Terrorists list.

Clinton attacked Trump for appearing on the Alex Jones Show, claiming that Jones “said the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre were child actors and no one was actually killed there.”

In reality, Jones has never claimed that nobody died at Sandy Hook. As Infowars Editor-at-Large, I’ve been attacked repeatedly for saying the very opposite.

Hillary also savaged Trump for becoming embroiled in 9/11 conspiracy theories for saying that Muslims celebrated on 9/11. As we have documented, reports from the day itself clearly suggest that yes Muslims in New Jersey did indeed celebrate the 9/11 attacks.

Clinton is nervous about 9/11 because of her connections with the Saudi government, which as the leaked 28 pages prove, was directly involved with the hijackers who carried out the attacks.

Clinton was also forced to address concerns about her health during the bizarre speech, another nod to the fact that her campaign is rocked about an issue that has gone viral since our video re-ignited the controversy earlier this month.

The fact that Hillary is being forced to resort to the tired old mantra of demonizing her political opposition as “racists” – the same tactic that spectacularly failed during the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom, proves that she has run out of ideas.

In the days to follow, the Clinton mouthpiece media will dutifully regurgitate Hillary’s race-baiting talking points, absent the fact that she praised Ku Klux Klan leader Robert Byrd as her “friend and mentor,” a man who called black people “mongrels” and fought against the Civil Rights Act.

Hillary’s rampant paranoia about Infowars, Breitbart and the ‘Alt-Right’ illustrates how panicked her campaign is about this movement.

The fact that she committed the ridiculous mistake of driving hundreds of thousands and potentially millions of new people our way by directly attacking us proves that her campaign has absolutely no idea about how the Internet works or how the ‘Alt-Right’ actually operates.

Hillary’s attacks will only succeed in amplifying the message of Infowars, Breitbart and the ‘Alt-Right’ – which is that Hillary is a hideously corrupt career politician who represents the interests of the globalists and the Washington elite and is not fit to serve as President of the United States.

 

Makes a fair point.

Watson:

Who inside Hillary’s campaign thought it was a bright idea to do the one thing you’re not supposed to do with trolls, which is feed the trolls. The alt right only succeeds if you respond. You just walked into a trap. The people running your campaign are complete f’en idiots who do not understand how the internet works. This has backfired more than any of us could ever dream of. Hundreds of thousands of people are now coming to our web sites where we will continue to educate them about your failing health, rampant corruption, and sneering, arrogant elitism. Thanks Hillary.

Watson makes a fair point.

Clinton’s speech yesterday, and the ad that preceded it, may prove effective against Donald Trump. but, inevitably, they almost certainly benefit otherwise fringe players on the right.

 

 

Visitors to the American Renaissance website yesterday were greeted with this.

 

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“Yes, thanks to Mrs. Clinton, we have had more media inquires than we have seen in a long time. I appreciate it. She’s a sweet girl,” AR’s Jared Taylor emailed me yesterday.
I asked if he was concerned that Trump was “softening” on deportation – though he now seems to be backtracking on his backtracking.

“I don’t know if Mr. Trump is backtracking or fine tuning. I don’t think we will know until he gives the speech on immigration that has been postponed. Maybe this is the “pivot to the general election” that everyone has been urging him to make, but his job now is to be elected. In any case, he has staked his candidacy so firmly on immigration control that, surely, he cannot retreat `very’ far. These are exciting times.”

Of her speech, Taylor said, “Mrs. Clinton seems to think she’s running against Nigel Farage and Alex Jones for president. Or maybe Steve Bannon.”

The Clinton campaign released a background report yesterday on Alex Jones, Breitbart’s Bannon, who was recently named CEO of the Trump campaign, and Roger Stone, the man who made the love connection between Alex Jones and Donald Trump.

ALEX JONES AND INFOWARS

Alex Jones, whose show Trump has appeared on, and who Trump has praised publicly, is a prominent conspiracy theorist.

Jones pushed several conspiracy theories around national tragedies: “Jones’s amazing reputation arises mainly from his high-volume insistence that national tragedies such as the September 11th terror attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Sandy Hook elementary-school shooting, and the Boston Marathon bombing were all inside jobs, ‘false flag’ ops secretly perpetrated by the government to increase its tyrannical power (and, in some cases, seize guns). Jones believes that no one was actually hurt at Sandy Hook—those were actors—and that the Apollo 11 moon-landing footage was faked.” [New Yorker, 6/23/16]

Jones on the Gabby Giffords shooting: “My gut tells me this was a staged mind-control operation. The government employs geometric psychological-warfare experts that know exactly how to indirectly manipulate unstable people through the media.” [Rolling Stone, 3/2/11]

Jones on the Orlando nightclub shooting: “In a YouTube video posted Sunday evening, the Infowars.com founder called Mateen’s shooting rampage ‘a false-flag terror attack.’” [Daily Beast, 6/12/16]

Apart from conspiracy theories, Jones has a history of offensive comments.

“Real women don’t need #feminism! It destroys society! It promotes division & hate against men! http://bit.ly/1EyNooc #tcot” [@RealAlexJones, Twitter, 3/7/15]

“Sheriff Clarke: Black Lives Matter Is A ‘Vulgar, Vile, Vicious, Slimy Movement’ http://www.infowars.com/sheriff-clarke-black-lives-matter-is-a-vulgar-vile-vicious-slimy-movement/ …” [@RealAlexJones, Twitter, 9/1/15]

“Unedited Video Shows Bundy Making Pro-Black, Pro-Mexican Comments – http://www.infowars.com/unedited-video-shows-bundy-making-pro-black-pro-mexican-comments/ … #BundyRanch” [@RealAlexJones,4/25/14]

The list of disturbing and bizarre headlines on Jones’ site, Infowars, is unending. Visit http://www.infowars.com/ for a view into the mind of a man Trump has said he “greatly admires.”

STONE’S RECENT HITS

Roger Stone, another Trump associate, has a record of offensive and racist comments that resulted in recent bans from major media outlets.

Both CNN and MSNBC banned Stone over offensive comments. “As Media Matters notes, Stone’s Twitter history got him banned from both CNN and MSNBC, and yet he was still on the Trump campaign team, is still on Fox News regularly, and is still quoted as a Trump surrogate without much mention of how his Twitter feed reads like the bathroom wall at a white supremacist rally.” [Salon, 4/6/16]

Stone repeatedly targeted minorities with offensive tweets and called them “quota hires.” “Stone sent out tweets over the past few days calling Navarro, who was a Jeb Bush supporter, ‘Entitled Diva Bitch,’ ‘Borderline retarded’ and ‘’dumber than dog s—.’ He also tweeted about Navarro in December, saying she reminded him of a ‘rabid pekinese.’ He previously called Navarro and former contributor Roland Martin ‘quota hires’ for the network.” [Politico, 2/23/16]

Roger Stone Called CNN Analyst Roland Martin A “Fat Negro.” [WBUR, 6/6/16]

Roger Stone Called Roland Martin A “Stupid Negro.” “Stone called Navarro a ‘diva bitch,’ and ‘borderline retarded.’ He said Martin was a ‘stupid negro,’ and called both of them ‘quota hires.’” [Daily Caller, 2/24/16]

Roger Stone: “Would @BenCarson2016 HQ Be Called Uncle Tom’s Cabin ? Just Asking……” [@RogerJStoneJr, Twitter, 11/15/15]

Roger Stone: “Herman Cain – 999 Or 69 ? #Swordsman #Hung #mandingo @magerhabepolitico.” [@RogerJStoneJr, Twitter,11/28/11]

And for good measure, Stone recently attacked the Khan family:

Roger Stone: Mr. Khan More Then An Aggrieved Father Of A Muslim Son – He’s Muslim Brotherhood Agent Helping Hillary Clinton. “Roger Stone ‏@RogerJStoneJr: Mr. Khan more than an aggrieved father of a Muslim son- he’s Muslim Brotherhood agent helping Hillary http://linkis.com/shoebat.com/2016/07/amTCP” [Twitter, Roger Stone, 7/31/2016]

Mother Jones: Roger Stone said that Khizr Khan, The Father Of A Slain Soldier Was “Working For The Muslim Brotherhood.” “Roger Stone, an informal adviser to Donald Trump, took to Twitter on Sunday to claim that Khizr Khan, the father of a slain war hero who spoke at last week’s Democratic National Convention, is working for the Muslim Brotherhood.” [Mother Jones, 8/1/16]

For years, Trump has maintained relationships with all three of these–all of whom have promoted and contributed to the dialogue among extremist groups on the far right.

A WEB OF RELATIONSHIPS AMONG TRUMP, BANNON, JONES, AND STONE:

2015: Trump Allegedly Called Bannon And Asked For Breitbart To Write Positive Stories About Him. “But my sources at Breitbart said the billionaire has regularly taken advantage of his relationship with the site by placing calls to Bannon and asking for stories to be written about himself. They said his typical requests for coverage in the past tended to center on his serial flirtations with running for office, but they added that his constant presence on the homepage — and his general knack for pandering to the conservative fever swamps — had won him a true following among their readership.” [BuzzFeed, 8/9/15]

2015: Bloomberg: Breitbart News “Has Championed Trump’s Presidential Candidacy.” [Bloomberg, 10/8/15]

2016: Bannon Had Been Advising Trump For Months Prior To Being Formally Hired: “Bannon, in phone calls and meetings, has been urging Trump for months to not mount a fall campaign that makes Republican donors and officials comfortable, the aides said. Instead, Bannon has been telling Trump to run more fully as an outsider and an unabashed nationalist.” [Washington Post, 8/17/16]

2016: A Breitbart Source Said Bannon Was Required To Sign Off On “Everything That Is Written About Trump.” “At Breitbart, pro-Trump coverage is rigidly enforced from the top down, according to two people with knowledge of the site’s editorial process. ‘Everything that is written about Trump must be approved by Bannon,’ said a source who did not wish to be named for fear of retribution. [Vanity Fair, 3/14/16]

After Trump chose extremist Bannon to lead his campaign, reporters took note of its implications.

Mic: “Republicans who fear the alt-right will cannibalize the GOP, were dealt a blow last week when Trump brought on Steve Bannon to serve as the CEO of his campaign.” [Mic, 8/23/16]

“Bannon was the chairman of Breitbart, a breeding ground for the alt-right that helped push Trump’s candidacy during the crowded Republican primary.” [Mic, 8/23/16]

Washington Post: “[Trump’s] decision to elevate Breitbart’s Steve Bannon to run his campaign only reinforced the alt-right’s appreciation.” [Washington Post, 8/23/16]

Mother Jones: “‘We’re the platform for the alt-right,’ Bannon told me proudly when I interviewed him at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July.” [Mother Jones, 8/22/16]

Roger Stone and Donald Trump have been close for decades.

National Review: “Hard To Overstate” How Close Trump And Stone Have Been—Comparative To Bush And Rove Or Obama And Axelrod. [National Review, 8/10/15]

1979: Roger Stone First Met Donald Trump, When Stone Was Working For Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Campaign New York. “Trump and Stone first met in 1979, when Stone was working for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in New York state.” [National Review, 8/10/2015]

1988: Paul Manafort Said He Was Introduced To Donald Trump By Roger Stone At The 1988 Republican National Convention. “Mr. Stone introduced Mr. Manafort to Mr. Trump at the 1988 Republican National Convention, as Mr. Stone was squiring the New Yorker around, though the two had known each other since the early 1980s, Mr. Manafort said.” [New York Times, 4/8/16]

1993: Roger Stone Accompanied Trump To A Congressional Hearing Where Trump Gave Controversial Testimony Opposing Tribal Gaming. “Stone, who has had a long, sometimes controversial Washington career – he was once an assistant to Bart Porter, who helped manage the Watergate era dirty-tricks operation – accompanied Trump last week to the House hearing…Trump complained about ‘Indians who don’t look like Indians’ running casinos and about organized crime running ‘rampant.’” [Hartford Courant, 10/10/93]

2000: Stone Helped Trump Explore Run For President On The Reform Party. “Stone was there to help his friend and longtime client Donald Trump explore a Reform party presidential candidacy in 2000.” [Weekly Standard, 11/5/07]

2015: Before Donald Trump Hired Corey Lewandowski, His Entire Political Staff Consisted Of Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, And Sam Nunberg. [New York Magazine, 8/6/15]

And although Trump has said that Stone is no longer a part of the campaign, Stone would beg to differ.

MARCH: Stone Said That He Talks To Donald Trump From Time To Time – We Just Have A Rhythm, More Than Weekly But Not Every Day, Not Every Other Day. [GQ, 3/30/16]

MAY: “[Roger Stone] left in August amid staff infighting (he butted heads, in particular, with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski), but he returned to the inner circle when Trump hired Paul Manafort, who’d been his partner at Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, a lobbying firm in D.C. that they started in the early 1980s.” [Daily Beast, 5/13/16]

JULY: Stone On His Role In The Trump Campaign: “Have Access To All The Right People… He Returns My Calls.” ROGER STONE: “He returns my calls and I have enormous respect for Donald Trump.” CHARLIE ROSE: What do you talk about most? Politics or the campaign? Does he call you out and say what do you think I should do? ROGER STONE: Sometimes I call him. I’m a prolific writer of memos and I know his style so I know how to put together a brief piece of paper that will inform him without being overpowering.” [Charlie Rose, PBS, 7/21/16]

JULY: Stone Said He Talked To Donald Trump When He Rolled Out Mike Pence As His Running Mate. MICHAEL ISIKOFF: “When was the last time you talked to him?” ROGER STONE: “Saturday, at the time he rolled Mike Pence out as his running mate.” [Yahoo News, 7/20/16]

Donald Trump also shares a mutual admiration with conspiracy theorist and radio show host, Alex Jones.

2015: Donald Trump to Alex Jones: “I just wanted to finish by saying that your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down. You’ll be very, very impressed, I hope, and I think we’ll be speaking a lot, but you’ll be looking at me in a year, or two years—give me a little bit of time to run things—but a year into office, you’ll be saying, ‘Wow, I remember that interview, he said he was gonna do it, and he did a great job.” [Vanity Fair, 12/2/15]

2015: “Alex Jones Is A Big Fan Of Donald Trump, And The Feeling’s Mutual.” “Republican front-runner Donald Trump appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ show on Wednesday in a lengthy display of mutual appreciation. Appearing on a blurry video connection, Trump talked to Jones about Trump’s false claims about Muslims in New Jersey cheering 9/11, Hillary Clinton, and Trump’s book, among other topics. Jones told Trump he had been ‘vindicated’ in his claims. I know it happened and I held my line and people wanted me to apologize and I can’t do that,’ Trump told Jones. ‘People like you and I, we can’t do that so easily.’“[BuzzFeed, 12/2/15]

2016: “Alex Jones Celebrates Trump’s Takeover Of The GOP.” Jones took in Trump’s Republican Convention and “spent Monday mobbed by reporters, sharing a podium with Trump adviser Roger Stone and welcoming several far-right candidates onstage as part of an ‘America First Project’ unity effort.” [Washington Post, 7/18/16]

2016: Trump’s Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller Talked To Infowars And Praised Alex Jones For Being On Top Of The Issues Close To The Trump Campaign. “In a February 8 interview with Infowars.com, Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller praised Jones and Infowars for having ‘been on top of … the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and on the immigration issue.’ Miller then repeatedly pitched Trump to Jones’ audience, telling them that ‘if you want to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership, if you want to close the border, if you want to protect American jobs and wages, then you have to support Donald J. Trump.’” [Media Matters, 2/10/16; Infowars, 2/8/16]

And Jones, Stone, and Bannon appear to enjoy one another’s company as well

Alex Jones And Roger Stone Crashed The Set Of A Progressive Livestream Together During The Republican Convention. “A tense encounter between several hosts of The Young Turks and conservative stalwarts Roger Stone and Alex Jones almost came to fisticuffs on Thursday. Cenk Uygur, a co-founder of the progressive internet show, was hosting a segment live from the Republican National Convention on Thursday, speaking about GOP nominee Donald Trump’s overwhelming support among white men in America. Jones, a conservative radio talk show host and noted conspiracy theorist, aggressively interrupted Uygur.” [Huffington Post, 7/21/16]

HEADLINE: “Alex Jones, Roger Stone Hijack Liberal Livestream At RNC — And Things Get Very Real, Very Fast.”[Huffington Post, 7/21/16]

HEADLINE: “Alex Jones, Roger Stone Bring The Crazy To RNC 2016.” [Daily Beast, 7/18/16]

Stephen Bannon Interviewed Roger Stone On His Breitbart Radio Show. [Breitbart News Daily, Sirius XM, 7/5/16; 6/15/16; 6/8/16;

From a Nightline report on Alex Jones in January 2013.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (CONTINUED)

(Voiceover) Out of his studios near Austin, Texas, his radio show and webcast reach an estimated one million people a day.

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

This federal intrusion is out of control.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Voiceover) And on YouTube and elsewhere, Jones estimates 200 million people have seen his various documentaries.

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

We’re taking our destiny back. You’re not our gods or our masters.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Voiceover) With titles like “The Fall Of The Republic,” “Endgame Blueprint For Global Enslavement”, and “The Obama Deception.”

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Off-camera) Do you actually believe everything you say?

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

I believe all of it, absolutely. What I’m telling is the truth.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Off-camera) None of it is, you know, a shtick, a show at all?

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

No, it’s all true.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Off-camera) You think Obama is a criminal?

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

Barack Obama is definitely an unconstitutional criminal.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Voiceover) Jones espouses a litany of conspiracy theories, although he thinks that term belittles his reporting.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Off-camera) FEMA is running concentration camps?

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

Yes. They have designated sports stadiums. They have designated fields for the American people during a civil uprising.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Off-camera) The government is poisoning the water?

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

Absolutely. I have all these other government documents where the government proposes and government think tanks propose poisoning the water to dumb down the population and make them more easily manageable.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Off-camera) 9/11 was an inside job?

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

Yes, 9/11 was an inside job. It was a staged event to launch the Iraq war and to set up a domestic police state here in the United States.

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

All I’m calling for is a real investigation and the people of Oklahoma City have been calling for an investigation.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Voiceover) Jones, who’s 38, got his start with a local cable access show in the 1990s. He now has a huge fan base, which at various times has included celebrities like Willie Nelson, Jesse Ventura, Charlie Sheen.

CHARLIE SHEEN (ACTOR)

We want our country back, Mr President, and we’re calling on each and every American citizen to wake up, stand up and demand the truth.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Voiceover) And reality stars Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag.

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

Spencer Pratt, good to have you on with us today.

SPENCER PRATT (TELEVISION PERSONALITY)

Thank you so much. I’m so honored to be on with you. You are a true legend, a true American patriot.

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

Look in the mirror.

DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS)

(Voiceover) He does have vociferous critics, including experts who monitor hate groups, who worry about Jones’ influence during this tense time in America.

ALEX JONES (RADIO HOST)

There’s a scientific dictatorship controlling the planet.

 

From Jesse Walker at the libertarian magazine, Reason.

“From the start,” Hillary Clinton declared today in Reno, “Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He has taken hate groups mainstream, and [is] helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party.” The speech that followed those words was an extended argument that her opponent is a racist, a conspiracy theorist, and a man temperamentally unfit to be president.

Clinton’s campaign had promoted this in advance as an address about “Donald Trump and his advisors’ embrace of the disturbing ‘alt-right’ political philosophy”—the alt-right being an umbrella term for an assortment of racist micro-movements and online subcultures. Yesterday I suggested that making the alt-right the stars of such a speech could only give a signal boost to what is, after all, a rather obscure political faction. But Clinton’s comments about that faction took up only about a minute of her remarks. And while that minute was pretty juicy, the alt-right wasn’t really the rally’s star villain after all.

The star villain was Donald Trump. Everyone else that Clinton brought into the address—the alt-right, Breitbart, Alex Jones, David Duke, Nigel Farage, Vladimir Putin—was there in a supporting role.

Running through all her claims, both the weak ones and the strong ones, was one basic theme: Donald Trump is a bigot and a nut. And while that’s an idea you’ve been hearing ever since the mogul turned reality TV star entered the race, this was as forceful and concentrated an expression of it as I’ve ever heard emerge from Hillary Clinton’s mouth. It’s bound to fire up her supporters, and I expect it will help her get out the vote. Whether it also leads a bunch of curious conservatives to Google “alt-right” depends, I suppose, on how much coverage that minute of the speech gets in the next few days.

But the guy who must be really delighted right now is Alex Jones. Hillary Clinton just attacked him by name! His listeners will be hearing clips from this speech til Ragnarok.

Meanwhile …

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But that’s another story.

Or, to quote Shakespeare: “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be Morrow.”

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