Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, has been banned by nearly all social media outlets, and for good reason. He's a serial liar and a destructive force against truth, justice, and the American way. Not so long ago, he was dismissed as a kook, a loon, a crazy man who would do insane things like shout at a pile of horse poop on video or talk about the sexual orientation of frogs. But while Jones may have been muted by Silicon Valley, he has nonetheless established an enduring legacy: the "just asking questions" conspiratorial pose that dates back to 9/11 and the "truthers."
Where conspiracy theories used to be disqualifying for semi-serious people, Jones' act more or less mainstreamed them: He wasn't the first Truther, but he is probably the best known. And following the news that a number of liberal former government officials and critics of Donald Trump were mailed what appear to be pipe bombs (though law enforcement is, per the NYT, "trying to determine whether the devices were indeed capable of detonating"), a number of Jones's progeny couldn't resist theorizing, with absolutely no facts, under the guise of—you guessed it—"just asking questions." Questions, that by total coincidence, suggest a conspiracy on the part of their political enemies.
From the Haymarket riot to the Unibomber, bombs are a liberal tactic. https://t.co/P3YvUorxwL— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 24, 2018
Said on his show that "It’s happening in October... There’s a reason for this.”
Claimed a "high probability that the whole thing had been set up as a false flag to gain sympathy for the Democrats No.1, and No. 2, to get our minds off the hordes of illegal aliens approaching our southern border,"
Michael Flynn, Jr.:
Just asking questions folks...— Michael Flynn Jr⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@mflynnJR) October 24, 2018
Why would a conservative pull off planting these bombs at this exact time and specific to the Clintons, Obama’s, and CNN HQ?
Either way and no matter your political affiliation, political violence of any kind doesn’t do this country ANY good.
Who took the bomb out of its package at CNN?— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) October 25, 2018
Who took and shares the photos?
Honest questions. Answers needed.
None of the leftists ostensibly targeted for pipe-bombs were actually at serious risk, since security details would be screening their mail. So let’s determine not only who is responsible for these bombs, but whether they were trying to deflect attention from the Left’s mobs.— Frank Gaffney (@frankgaffney) October 24, 2018
I'm not 'suggesting' that the Fake Bombs are a liberal hoax. I'm saying it as explicitly as possible. https://t.co/qchu1GQKri— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) October 24, 2018
I’m going to go ahead and state that there is a 0% chance that these ‘suspicious packages’ were sent out by conservatives. The only thing ‘suspicious’ about these packages, is their timing. Caravans, fake bomb threats—these leftists are going ALL OUT for midterms.
(Tweet has since been deleted.)
So let me get his straight.— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 24, 2018
In the course of 2 days:
> An explosive device was found near George Soros’s home
> CNN In NYC is evacuated over a suspicious package
> Secret Service intercepted suspicious packages for Obama and Hillary Clinton
I’m not buying it. At all.
Fake sexual assault victims. Fake refugees. Now fake mail bombs. We are all learning how the media left are masters of distortion, deflection & deception— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 25, 2018
The Left Uses Bomb Scare As Excuse to Silence the Right— Chris Buskirk (@thechrisbuskirk) October 24, 2018
“The attempted bombings represent for them just another way to put the Right on the defensive & a chance to get Trump & his supporters to shut up and sit down before the midterms. Don’t fall for it” https://t.co/e05PTdKmHv
Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs asserted in a tweet without evidence that it was “fake news” that suspicious packages were mailed this week to Democrats and the NYC offices of CNN— CNN (@CNN) October 25, 2018
He later deleted his tweet after immediate and widespread condemnation https://t.co/9DmKPH6xlT pic.twitter.com/vlEu49ftj1
Remember, these folks are "just asking questions." It's not like they're staking their professional reputations on the line. Thanks, of course, to Alex Jones.