MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan warns not to dismiss right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones just because of how exaggerated his rantings and ramblings are.
Jones, he said, has real influence.
“His delusions are unrelated to reality, yes, but with each viral broadcast he infects more Americans with his hatred and his paranoia,” Hasan said, then played a clip of some of the most disturbed moments of Jones.
Jones just lost a series of decisions that will cost him more than $45 million for his lies about the Sandy Hook massacre, and is known for mixing racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and more into his conspiracy theories. .
Yet, as Hasan noted, Jones was embraced by some of the “most powerful figures in the American conservative movement,” including Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson.
“If you want to understand how derailed the modern GOP led by MAGA is, all you have to do is look at the way they embraced Alex Jones—Alex Jones!―and brought him in from the fringe” , he said.
See his full segment below: