President-elect Donald Trump called Alex Jones, the radio host, provocateur and operator of Infowars.com, to thank him for his support after winning the presidency, according to Jones, who described the call in a 5-minute video posted over the weekend.
“He said, Listen, Alex, I just talked to kings and queens of the world, world leaders, you name it, but he said it doesn’t matter, I wanted to talk to you, to thank your audience, and I’ll be on the next few weeks to thank them,” Jones recounted. “I said is this is a private call? And he said no, I want to thank your viewers, thank your listeners for standing up for this republic, we know what you did early on, throughout this campaign, standing up for what’s right.”
Trump’s team did not respond to requests for comment about the call.
Jones has operated at the fringe of the conservative movement in America for years, with a popular radio program and website. During the 2016 campaign, Jones called Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, among other things, “an abject psychopathic demon from hell” who was out to “destroy the planet.” Trump called into Jones’s program in December 2015 for a nearly 30-minute interview.
Jones said Trump’s call “shows he’s not the average elitist, these stuck up nobodies who believe they control the world, who believe everybody’s an idiot.”
Jones has floated outlandish theories in the past — in the video announcing Trump’s call, he says of Democrats “they stole five states on Nov. 8 but still lost, and this whole criminal multinational enterprise that has hijacked a nation, ladies and gentlemen, is now coming down” — and has been a fairly steadfast Trump supporter, regularly interviewing longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone on his shows.
“We finally have people in Washington who actually listen to the people and don’t buy the propaganda of the big main-line corporations that are using weaponized media to mind-control simple-minded people,” Jones said in the video announcing that Trump had called him.
Jones lauded Trump — who attacked the New York Times on Twitter over the weekend — for reaching out to his viewers.
“You are pathetic, Fox News, fake right-wing news. You are pathetic, CNN, you are pathetic, MSNBC you are demoralized, you are defeated, you are pathetic, you are overrun. Your hoaxes do not work on us. You are absolute enemies of the country, we’re going to drain the swamp and you know you’re scum,” he said, later adding, “He’s not calling other media, he’s not meeting with other media, he’s not talking to media. He wanted to directly talk to you and thank you because you’re the people, you’re the Americans, you’re the bitter clingers, you’re the people they couldn’t break your will, they couldn’t mind control you, you’re the core that’s going to restore the Republic.”
This article was originally published on Politico
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