Trump’s lie about the fake popular vote repeats an article at Infowars, the Alex Jones conspiracy website. Jones has supported several conspiracies that are bizarre, such as the allegation that the United States government was involved in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, the bombing in Oklahoma City, as well as spreading the rumor that the school shooting at Sandy Hook was a “false flag” operation with actors, green screens where no one was killed.
Other media outlets have been “reporting” the groundless allegations on the popular vote but not where Trump got it from. Its one place that Trump relied on frequently during the campaign: Jones’s Infowars, which is the radio and Internet home of the grassy-knoll crowd. Alex Jones thinks everything is involved in a conspiracy theory usually caused by the government. Trump doesn’t take the time to get or read his daily intelligence briefings but he has the time to listen and read Alex Jones conspiracy articles.
This is the true story that the media should be reporting on. Trump’s lie failed to link to the connection, which is one of the most recent in a increasing list of conspiracy theories believed by both Alex Jones and president elect Donald Trump.
A story Infowars reported “Report: Three Million Votes in Presidential Election Cast by Illegal Aliens,” and named as its source a tweet written by “Greg Phillips of the VoteFraud.org group,” which became Trump’s untrue claims. Phillips offered no proof for his claim, when he twitted “We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.”
Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars then posted another news article on the tweet by Phillip that deceptively made the claim with no source, “Virtually all of the votes cast by 3 million illegal immigrants are likely to have been for Hillary Clinton, meaning Trump might have won the popular vote when this number is taken into account.” The Washington Post wrote that, Infowars as the major website passing this “conspiracy theory” to more people — this Jones-led story with a source of a tweet was almost at the top on November 14th edition of Drudge Report. There is still no information on the source for the tweets which leads to the story on Jones’ website. And yet, our future president believed the stories.
Then a YouTube video claiming “Proof Donald Trump Won The Popular Vote” was published after the Infowars reports, with Alex Jones himself stated “it is uncontrovertible (sic) fact that three million illegals voted” and “tens of millions of people were on the voter rolls who were dead and at least four million of them voted as well,” and made the conclusion that, “Donald J. Trump didn’t just win the Electoral College in a landslide, he also clearly won the popular vote.”
The New York Times wrote that the claim Trump made was “baseless” but didn’t go any further to make the link between conspiracy site – Alex Jones and Donald Trump.
The L.A. Times also made the point there was “no evidence” supporting Trump’s assertion, but also did not tell the false story’s beginnings.
NBC News made no references to Alex Jones and Infowars in their reporting on Trump’s statement.
Trump embracing a conspiracy from Alex Jones and Infowars is not unusual as this relationship between the conspiracy theorist and next president has increased each month.
Trump was a guest on Alex’s internet/radio show in December 2015 and commended him for his “amazing” reputation. An informal advice-giver of Donald Trump’s, Roger Stone who is a Republican dirty trickster has been a frequent guest and contributor to Jones’ radio show for months and both have made joint appearances at many pro-Trump events.
During the campaign, Trump told many Jones’ conspiratorial rhetoric and Jones said he was in touch with Trump directly, offering him advice. In a speech in October Trump attacked “global financial powers” while also using anti-Semitic dog whistles and tropes; basically Trump was echoing a dispute that Jones has been using for several years.
After Jones said Trump needed to start complaining about the election being “rigged,” Trump began making comparable complaints while on the campaign trail.
When Trump purported that President Obama was “the founder of ISIS,” he was repeating Jones, whose Infowars website wrote once that “the Obama administration has been backing ISIS since the beginning.”
After Trump made his acceptance speech at the National Convention, Jones saw much of his own rhetoric included and he began bragging on his show that Trump was “totally synced” with him and his completely conspiratorial view of the world. Following Trump’s win, Jones made the claimed that Trump called him to “thank” Infowars audience and guaranteed to be on Jones’ show in the near future.
Let’s see exactly what is being promoted by Infowars where our next leader gets his news:
“Pizzagate Is Real: Something Is Going On, But What?” Infowars reports that “high-level Washington D.C. predatory pedophiles” are collaborating by “symbols” on the Comet Ping Pong menu; this is a Northwest Washington D.C. pizza place. “Notice the symbol of the ping-pong paddles and its clever resemblance to the FBI documents’ symbol for child love,” reports Infowars.
Yes! And outer space aliens landed in Florida — news Infowars is at this time breaking. “Was Florida Fireball a UFO?” Infowars noted, “A fireball shot through the Earth’s atmosphere at 11pm on Nov. 23” and sourced “social media” for this bit of UFO information.
SOFT CIVIL WAR
Infowars audience knows that filing for recounts in 3 states is just an effort by the Green Party “to push the 2016 election into the hands of Congress.” Somewhat inconsistently, this move means also that there’s a “Democrat Counter-Coup against Trump in Progress.” Alex Jones cautions that there is “a real threat and [George] Soros is behind it,” as part of a “soft civil war.”
Alex’s rants would be funny (and they are) if the president elect and soon most powerful man in the world didn’t depend on him so heavily for intelligence information.