A Florida shooting survivor just humiliated Alex Jones in epic Twitter battle

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One of the more unfortunate quirks of the Trump era is the way in which formerly fringe voices have infected the mainstream political discourse.

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No person is more emblematic of this systemic degradation than Alex Jones, the professional liemonger and conspiracy theory peddler behind the execrable Infowars. Donald Trump himself has appeared on Jones’s show demonstrating that the lunatics really are running the asylum or, in this case, the White House.

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Jones has come under intense criticism in the past for arguing that the horrific Sandy Hook shooting was a false flag attack carried out by the government and involving so-called crisis actors to sell the event on national television.

The Hill previously reported that the Infowars Youtube channel was on the verge of being banned after publishing videos that David Hogg, one of the shooting survivors, was a crisis actor.

Today, Hogg and Jones got into a rather entertaining feud on Twitter. It started with Hogg taking a couple much-deserved potshots at Jones. His first barrage properly identified Jones as a “shit journalist.” Hogg then called the serial liar out for peddling lies about shooting survivors in the past.

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Jones responded in a surprisingly contrite fashion, saying that he would like to interview Hogg.

The bloviating conman then went on a pathetic tweetstorm, begging Hogg to help him get his Youtube channel back up. Apparently, it had been frozen for spreading fake news.

There is a distinct pleasure in seeing a man like this, who has profited off of deranged stories about past shootings, reduced to a blubbering digital mess. As is so often the case with parasites like Alex Jones, he was quick to eject his dignity when faced with real, monetary consequences for his behavior.

It’s incredible that Jones would seek to paint himself as the victim here after repeatedly smearing others to line his own pockets. He deserves not one iota of sympathy and every ounce of scorn and ridicule directed at him. He offers nothing to American society except dangerous paranoia and misinformation.

Perhaps realizing that Jones doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously, Hogg tweeted out before and after photos purporting to show the effects of one of the many bogus products Jones sells on his website. Whether the photos are supposed to show muscle growth or something else is unclear, but all they appear to have done is make his skin redder.

Looking increasingly desperate, Jones recorded a video whining about the way Hogg treated him and begged him to debate him.

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Hogg had the appropriate response and tweeted out that he wouldn’t meet with Jones because of his deplorable comments about past shootings. He said that his original tweet at Jones was made before he had a complete picture of what Jones has done to other survivors and victims.

Jones wasn’t done yet and claimed that he had been “bullied” by the young boy, a rich contention given that all Jones does all day is bully others from his platform.

Hogg has yet to respond and judging from his previous tweet, it doesn’t seem like he will.  It’s probably for the best. He’s humiliated Jones, and can now get back to the real work at hand: pushing for gun reform to save the lives of other children.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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