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Does Jones really believe Hillary Clinton would run an undercover child pornography ring?

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the barbecue, the night-life and the conspiracy theorists. A native of the Longhorn state, Alex Jones has been influencing audiences through his notorious website and radio show, INFOWARS, for years. Through his media platforms, Jones has been able to spout his ludicrous theories and opinions for millions of listeners.

However, the question remains whether or not the radio show host truly believes the material he hocks to the public or if it’s all an act to maintain his bizarre reputation. Over the course of his political tirades, Jones has left the world with some very memorable (and sometimes offensive) conspiracies that have gotten him into a pickle on more than one occasion.

Here are the top three Alex Jones conspiracy theories.

1.  Sandy Hook 

False–flag operations — a term often employed by conspiracy theorists — are a type of deception used by the government to frame a group or individual for an event. After conducting what he claimed was “extensive research” following the Newton, Connecticut, school shooting in 2012, Jones pushed the idea that the entire event was staged.

The shooting, which took the lives of 20 children and six adults, is still considered one of the most tragic school shootings to date. Jones has talked numerous times on the subject since it occurred, and to this day claims that “the official story of Sandy Hook has more holes in it than swiss cheese.”

Using his INFOWARS platform, the theorist was able to push his conspiracy to the masses, backing it up with what he believed to be sound evidence. Jones believed that the shooting was a hoax created by the government to expose the dangers of gun use. He has stated in his talk show that he has watched hours of footage circulating the event, and the shooting appears to be only a drill turned into a catastrophic event to push gun control. The host defended his theories by saying he had spoken with investigators and state police involved with the event and there was just no way it actually happened.

After this theory began to gain momentum, the families who were mourning the loss of their children began to receive death threats and nasty letters from his listeners demanding to uncover the truth. A Florida woman was even arrested for failing to appear in court after sending numerous threats to a father of one of the victims. Multiple families have joined the lawsuit against Jones for defamation, and it continues to be litigated to this day.

2. Pizzagate

Hold onto your seat, because this one’s a doozy. Pizzagate — which originated from a Reddit post in 2016 — proposed that there was a child sex-trafficking operation working out of the basement of Comet Ping-Pong, a pizzeria in Washington, D.C. Once Jones and his INFOWARS team picked up on the hoax, the accusations snowballed.

According to the original Reddit post (which has since been deleted), emails were leaked with exchanges between Hillary Clinton’s chairman, John Podesta, and the owner of the pizzeria, James Alefantis. Within these emails were discussions of food-related topics (mostly about pizza), and the conspiracy circulating Pizzagate was that “code words” were used in the email to signify a much darker truth. A popular example of this was the use of “cp,” an abbreviation for “cheese pizza,” though several internet users claimed it stood for “child pornography.”

Just wait, things get crazier. Jones broadcasted during numerous talk shows the apparent exploitation of children out of this pizzeria, along with claims that Alefantis posted satanic art in the establishment despite the fact that Jones himself had never visited the pizzeria.

Soon enough, people began to connect the Comet Ping-Pong logo to satanic symbols. Some even claimed that there was inappropriate artwork hanging on the walls and children ran amok when they visited the restaurant. Jones compiled all of this so-called “evidence” and time and again demanded that Pizzagate be acknowledged as fact

Things took a turn for the absolute worst when a North Carolina man walked into the pizzeria with an assault rifle in December 2016 and opened fire. Luckily, no one was injured, but the pizzeria had to be shut down for a few days while investigators gathered evidence.

After the incident, in a rare move for Jones, he and his team sent out a mass apology to Alefantis and everyone involved. The theory has since been debunked and is a prime example of what happens when a powerful but slightly crazy talk show host influences the masses.

3. Gay bomb

This one might just take the cake for being the most outrageous. If there’s anything you need to know about Jones, it’s that he believes the government is out to get humanity. He has claimed in his talk shows over the years that the government is putting chemicals like uranium and radium in tap water to take over the world.

The idea of the “gay bomb” comes from a 1994 proposal the United States government made in regard to a non-lethal weapon that could stop warfare between the U.S. and its enemies. The basis of the plan was to dispense a gas that contained female pheromones among enemy soldiers so that they would all become sexually attracted to one another.

Luckily this plan was never actually realized; however, Jones believes that the government is still operating some sort of chemical operation that is turning people (and frogs) homosexual. In an episode of INFOWARS, Jones goes on a mega-rant about how the government has been poisoning the public through its tap water and countless other sources to spread the taint of homosexuality.

The only useful thing Jones has delivered from this conspiracy is the iconic “They’re turning the friggin’ frogs gay” line that has now been dubbed into a slew of parody videos for your viewing pleasure.

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Tori Ihnen

Fort Hays State University