by Michael Cole
Alex Jones thinks his own DWI arrest is part of a conspiracy.
The infamous conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder claims there’s a “dragnet” to catch people driving drunk in the Texas county where he was arrested early Tuesday morning, apparently because the county’s been criticized for its low number of drunk driving arrests. This, according to “police sources,” naturally.
But if there is a “dragnet” in Travis County, Jones’ wife might be in on it.
The deputy who arrested Jones was responding to a call from a woman who said she’d gotten into a fight with her husband. He’d stormed off in his car and was possibly driving drunk, the woman said. The deputy stopped a car that matched the plate number that Jones’ wife had given him, and “detected a strong odor of alcohol,” CNN reported based on an affidavit.
Jones reportedly told the arresting officer that he was driving to another one of his residences “to get away from his wife.”
The InfoWars website says Jones took a breathalyzer test and registered below the legal limit of .08, “which in itself is an incredibly low threshold,” he complained. Jones blew a .079 and failed parts of his one-leg stand and walk-and-turn tests, according to CNN. Jones claimed in a video statement that he did the one-foot test better than the officer did.
Jones also expressed skepticism that the small bottle of sake he’d drunk hours earlier could’ve possibly showed up on a breathalyzer test.
“I’m not saying the cop did something; it was the testing system they had,” he said in a video.
“I’m empowered by freedom,” Jones added. “I have to take depressants like alcohol to suppress how empowered I am, because I’m into freedom.”
Jones was released on bond shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020 according to CNN.
Here are the other Top 5 Conspiracy Theories from Alex Jones
The government has ‘weather weapons’
Jones doesn’t just believe that secretive forces are at work to control people’s minds: He has also warned, for years, about government efforts to control the weather to wreak havoc on unsuspecting citizens.
In a 2013 broadcast, Jones warned that “of course there’s weather weapon stuff going on,” according to a transcript produced by Media Matters, a left-leaning watchdog organization. “We had floods in Texas like fifteen years ago, killed thirty-something people in one night. Turned out it was the Air Force.”
Jones acknowledged the existence of “natural” tornadoes, but insisted that a May 2013 tornado that killed two dozen people and left more than 200 injured may have been orchestrated by the government, which he said “can create and steer groups of tornadoes.”
Chemicals in the water are turning frogs gay
One of Jones’ most notorious conspiracy theories is that the government is using chemicals in order to turn people gay, using a mysterious “gay bomb” devised by the Pentagon.
“The reason there’s so many gay people now is because it’s a chemical warfare operation, and I have the government documents where they said they’re going to encourage homosexuality with chemicals so that people don’t have children,” he said on his broadcast in 2010, according to NBC News.
Five years later, the theory took a turn. In a rant that has since become a meme and a line of t-shirts, Jones said he didn’t like the government “putting chemicals in the water that turn the friggin’ frogs gay.”
“The majority of frogs in most areas of the United States are now gay,” Jones said in 2017. The claim was without evidence.
Robert Mueller is a demon, and also a pedophile
Jones has reserved some of his harshest vitriol for Trump’s enemies, in particular special counsel Robert Mueller.
“He is now the king of the swamp,” Jones said of Mueller in a broadcast in the fall of 2017, according to Media Matters. After briefly claiming that the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was the real leader of the Democratic Party, Jones said Mueller was “the literal swamp king creature come to kill America.”
Jones took his attacks up a notch a year later.
“Everyone’s so scared of Mueller, they’d let Mueller rape kids in front of people, which he did,” Jones said in July. He hedged the claim later in the broadcast, noting that “the word is he doesn’t have sex with kids, he just controls it all. Can you imagine being a monster like that?”
Jones then threatened to “take down” the former Marine, who is now leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The Sandy Hook shooting was staged
One of the few conspiracy theories that has led to real consequences for Jones is his claim that the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 dead, including 20 children between six and seven years old, was a hoax that employed so-called “crisis actors.”
Jones claimed that the shooting was “completely fake” and staged in order to promote more restrictive gun control policies. Earlier this year, families of children who were killed in the shooting sued Jones for defamation, specifically citing comments he made in an April 2017 broadcast titled “Sandy Hook Vampires Exposed.”
Eight families have sued Jones, claiming that his reports on the Sandy Hook massacre have caused them immense personal pain and led his followers to harass them.
Hillary Clinton is running a child sex ring out of a pizza parlor
Jones did not invent the so-called “pizzagate” conspiracy theory.
But Edgar Maddison Welch, the self-proclaimed “investigator” who fired multiple rounds into the kid-friendly D.C. pizzeria Comet Ping Pong in late 2016, followed Jones on Facebook and listened to his radio show, according to reports at the time. Welch was later sentenced to four years in prison.
The “pizzagate” conspiracy theory included the baseless claims that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her top associates were running a demonic sex-trafficking ring inside the pizza shop. Jones promoted the theory on his web site and on social media.
Beginning in 2015 Alex Jones was contacted at various times through 2016 about various corruption stories within Texas. In each case submitted to Jones there corroborating evidence to support suspicions. In each case Jones reply was total and complete silence.