There are some fights we wait a lifetime to see. George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali. The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin. Alex Jones vs. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
And for a few tantalizing moments on Wednesday morning, it seemed that such a throw-down — between America’s favorite conspiracy theorist and Florida’s most gormless Republican — was actually about to break out.
During a break in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s tech hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, Jones crashed a impromptu press conference that Rubio was holding in the hallway with reporters. He then proceeded to pepper him with questions about how the Democrats were conspiring to “shadow ban” conservatives — who, for the record, also hate Alex Jones.
Here's video of the Alex Jones – Rubio spat https://t.co/lGDaHAcZUc
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) September 5, 2018
At first Rubio tried to play it cool, asking Jones “who are you anyway?” when Jones called him a “frat boy” and a “snake.”
“Who is this guy? I swear to God I don’t know who you are, man,” Rubio continued, doing his best imitation of a minor Sopranos character who’d just been subject to a small slight.
Things really kicked off when Jones “patted” Rubio on the shoulder. “Hey, don’t touch me again man, I’m asking you not to touch me,” Rubio responded in a much more serious voice. “You’re not going to get arrested man, I’m going to take care of you myself.”
Jones then proceeded to mock Rubio about how he’d “beat me up” before gravely intoning that Rubio “wouldn’t silence America” and that he was “a little gangster thug.”
The incident, which was captured on Periscope by far-right personality Casandra Fairbanks and first reported by the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer, seemed like it was taking place outside a college bar, with two bros boasting about how they’d totally kick each other’s ass if they weren’t surrounded by bouncers.
— Jesse Seidman (@jmseidman) September 5, 2018
Jones, craving more attention to compensate for his tanking Infowars viewership, didn’t stop there. After Rubio walked away, he proceeded to confront CNN’s Oliver Darcy, who was partly responsible for getting Jones banned from YouTube.
Jones, along with far-right “reporter” Laura Loomer and right-wing troll Chuck Johnson, were all at the Senate’s hearing on Wednesday to try and protest against the so-called “censoring” of conservative voices by social media companies — or in Loomer’s case, beg to have her blue check mark restored. Jones has previously complained that tech companies are engaged in a “witch hunt” against him, after YouTube, Facebook, Google and Apple all removed him from their platforms after he was found to have repeatedly violated their terms of service.
It’s been a rough year for Jones, who is also facing several lawsuits from the families of mass shooting victims over his decision to push “crisis actor conspiracy theories” that have prompted followers to attack and harass them, forcing some of them into hiding. More recently, his attempt to have a defamation lawsuit against him tossed out was denied by a judge in Texas.
A public brawl with an elected official, then, probably wouldn’t have been a low-point for the conspiracy theorist, all things considered. But it probably would’ve been an excellent chance to find out, once and for all, whether his ludicrously expensive Infowars Life supplements actually work.