“I’m the one under assault.”
InfoWars founder Alex Jones complained on Sunday that the parents of students murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre won’t stop speaking publicly about his past claims that the shooting was a hoax.
In a video posted to Twitter on Sunday, Jones threatened the parents of some of the 20 children who were killed by shooter Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that if they keep criticizing him he will seek to issue “cease and desist letter.”
The families have been recently coming out with stories about the online harassment they’re regularly subjected to. The harassers are usually followers of one of Jones’ vilest conspiracy theories, accusing the parents of being “crisis actors” hired by the Obama government to create a momentum for new gun regulations.
One family recounted the experiences that had led them to pack up and move seven times due to threats and harassment.
Six of the families of Sandy Hook victims have filed a joint lawsuit against Jones this year.
In his 70-minute long Sunday video, it was Jones, who was claiming the role of victim, saying he is “the one under assault” because the families continue to complain about Jones and his baseless theories in their case against the conspiracy theorist.
“I’ve apologized, I’ve done it all. So, at a certain point, do cease and desist letters have to go out?” said Jones, who has been banned from Facebook and YouTube last week.
Alex Jones Respectful Message To Sandy Hook Parents https://t.co/vOrO414v9k
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 13, 2018
Here’s the play-by-play:
Jones turns the spotlight on the families, asking them to stop spreading criticism of his false claims:”So I’m asking the families: In the memory of your children and the memory of the truth — you say it’s super hurtful to hear these things, I agree. So I’m saying how do you continue to say that and say I said it if it’s so hurtful? I’m asking you to quit in my voice saying your children didn’t die.”
He begged, almost: “I’m asking in my voice and my name to quit saying I’m sending people to your house. I’m asking you through my name, like Conan O’Brien with a cut-out of somebody saying things, to stop saying that I’m doing this because I’m not.”
Jones then threatened: “So, at a certain point, do cease and desist letters have to go out? With a letter and videos and everything so it’s on record?”
The conspiracy theorist went further, depicting himself as the victim of attacks based on false claims against him:”I’m the one under assault. I’m the one being misrepresented. I’m the one that people are speaking through my voice, holding a picture of me up, and then saying I’m saying these things and all I’m saying is metaphysically I didn’t create this, I didn’t start this, so I can’t give you quarter.”
He even likened his legal case with the families to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump Administration and Russian officials in the 2016 presidential election: “But, see, just like Mueller does these fake indictments, that’s the proof of collusion, it’s the same thing. File a suit, say the things in the suit, and then say that all of it’s true.”