Alex Jones and Donald Trump: How the Candidate Echoed the Conspiracy Theorist on the Campaign Trail | FRONTLINE
A sequence from a new FRONTLINE documentary shows how Trump adopted Jones’ claims – sometimes “verbatim,” a former InfoWars staffer says.
As 2015 drew to a close, then-candidate Donald Trump made an appearance that was unprecedented in the history of modern presidential campaigns.
It was on InfoWars, the hard-right outlet run by extremist conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, a trafficker in false information who had exploited national tragedies from 9/11 to Newtown. And it was brokered by Trump’s longtime associate Roger Stone, a frequent InfoWars guest, in a bid to win over Jones’ millions of viewers.
“Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down,” Trump told Jones, who for years had been pushing a message that “elites” and “globalists” are part of a secret conspiracy that controls the world. “You will be very — very impressed, I hope.”