During his radio show on Wednesday, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones — Infowars proprietor, radio host, and the man the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as “certainly the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America” — said he advised Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump about how to avoid having the election stolen from him.
Jones said he “personally talked” to Trump about “election fraud,” Media Matters reports. Specifically, Jones said he warned Trump “that Homeland Security was going to go in and probably bring in U.N. observers, to make sure illegals and people could vote, and change the debate away from election fraud, to retail voter fraud, which is individuals cheating rather than the computers being hacked.”
Jones also said he also warned Trump that “ globalists” would “start skewing the polls” by cooking up “fake polls that you’re way behind and actually create that perception.”
Much to his delight, Jones said Trump took him seriously. According to Jones, Trump “already concurred and absolutely was on the same page and was already right there with me or even ahead of me.” Indeed, Trump’s first general election pushed an election rigging conspiracy, and as his campaign has struggled in recent weeks, his advisers have argued polls aren’t to be trusted.
As the New Yorker wrote in a mini-bio of Jones, his 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).”
During a campaign event just days ago, Hillary Clinton said Trump’s worldview “is what happens when you listen to the radio host Alex Jones, who claims that 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings were inside jobs.”
“I don’t know what happens in somebody’s mind or how dark their heart must be to say things like that,” she added. “But Trump doesn’t challenge these lies. He actually 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.”
Trump actually uttered those words to Jones on the morning of the San Bernardino massacre when he was a guest on his show.
Earlier this month, Trump tapped Steve Bannon, former executive chairman of the far-right website Breitbart News, to be his campaign CEO. That move signaled Trump’s full embrace the white nationalist movement known as the “alt-right.” If it’s true that Jones is advising Trump — and anything he says should be taken with a grain of salt — then that signifies something just as scary.