Alex Jones says court staff are ashamed of hitting him during Sandy Hook trial

Conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones said he received sympathy and support at the courthouse where a trial is underway to determine how much he should pay the parents of a child killed in the massacre of 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Jones was found liable last year in a bought-off lawsuit by the parents of a Sandy Hook victim after he falsely claimed the deadly school shooting was a fabricated hoax by gun control advocates.

He has since reversed his position, admitting the attack did happen.

The trial in Austin, Texas is to determine how much Jones should pay for defaming Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse Lewis was among 20 children and six educators who were killed.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter, Jones says he was inundated with support in public places during the trial.

He said staff at the Travis County Courthouse punched him, while people also expressed their support for him at coffee shops and grocery stores.

The clip, from a recent episode of Jones’ show, was shared on Twitter on Saturday and has since amassed more than 140,000 views.

“I had the courthouse staff telling me, almost all of them, I’m passing by and I’m talking. ‘We appreciate you. We understand what’s going on. This is wrong. We’re ashamed,'” a said Jones.

“They punch us and my team in the fist. When I go to the little cafe next door during a break, they give us free food and the waitresses kiss us on the cheeks and say, ‘hey, that reporter from New York Times came and asked me if you drank liquor, I said [them] you are not. I mean, it’s like Fight Club where it goes.”

Jones also said he received support during a recent grocery store visit.

“I was at the grocery store yesterday,” he said. “Shake 20 hands, probably walked by 50 people. They all said, ‘We’re so sorry for what’s happened. It’s bad. Keep fighting. How do you take it? I had crew like a bunch of them come to my office this morning and hug me.”

Twitter users largely ignored Jones’ anecdotes, with some comparing them to the exaggerated or false stories that former President Donald Trump liked to tell.

“Sounds like a Trump ‘sir’ story,” one person tweeted.

Another added: “None of that actually happened of course.”

It comes as Jones’ media company, Free Speech Systems, went bankrupt on Friday.

Newsweek contacted Jones’ attorney for comment.

Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 with a piece of duct tape over his mouth that reads “save the 1st.” He shook hands with his lawyer, Andino Reynal.
Briana Sanchez/US Statesman from Austin via AP, Pool


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