Megyn Kelly is giving Alex Jones a national platform and Sandy Hook families are livid

The conspiracy theorist called the Sandy Hook shooting a hoax; now he can repeat the claim on broadcast TV.

Nelba Márquez-Greene‏, who lost her daughter at Sandy Hook, helps a young student participate in a Friendship Day campaign at another Connecticut elementary school. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb
Nelba Márquez-Greene‏, who lost her daughter at Sandy Hook, helps a young student participate in a Friendship Day campaign at another Connecticut elementary school. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb

On Father’s Day, newly-minted NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly will air a sit-down interview with President Trump’s favorite conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones of Infowars. Among Jones’ many incendiary ideas is his belief that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a conspiracy and that the families all faked the deaths of their children. He defends this belief in a preview of the interview Kelly posted, and those families are outraged.

In the preview clip, Kelly, who recently moved to NBC from Fox News, points out to Jones how angry the families get about his Newtown claims. Instead of responding to them, he simply starts barking about other conspiracies.

“I looked at all the angles of Newtown,” he insists, “and I made my statements long before the media even picked up on it. We didn’t get any of the really important stuff.” What important stuff? “Thirty years ago, they began creating animal-human hybrids. Isn’t that the big story Megyn Kelly should be doing?”

Many family members of the victims of Sandy Hook reacted strongly to news of Kelly’s upcoming interview with Jones.

Nelba Márquez-Greene‏, who lost her daughter Ana Grace at Sandy Hook, did not mince words about Kelly’s decision to elevate Jones.

The family of Victoria Leigh Soto, one of the teachers who died trying to protect her students from the shooter, posted this statement about how Jones’ followers have harassed them and disrupted their attempts to raise money for the scholarship in Victoria’s name:

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Danielle Vabner lost her brother Noah at Sandy Hook.

Cristina Hassinger lost her mother, Dawn Hochsprung, who was the principal at Sandy Hook.

Abbey Clements is a teacher who survived the shooting, hiding her second-grade students in the coat closet and singing Christmas songs to try to block out the sounds of the gunfire.

John Glueck lost his nephew at Sandy Hook.

https://twitter.com/john_glueck/status/874084267948691462

Kelly has responded to two (seemingly random) detractors on Twitter by defending the interview:

She has not responded directly to anyone who was directly impacted by the shooting who has criticized the interview. In fact, Kelly has spent more time responding to conservatives who objected to her characterization of Jones as “conservative.”