Donald Trump's friend Alex Jones spends a lot of time promoting the Trump campaign for president when he's not promoting conspiracy theories about the government.
Jones' alt-right site InfoWars is responsible for accusing the United States government of being behind the Oklahoma City bombing and Sept. 11th attacks, and also mass shootings like the Orlando Pulse nightclub and Sandy Hook, The Daily Beast reports.
“Sandy Hook is a synthetic completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured,” Jones reported on his show Jan. 13, 2015. “I couldn’t believe it at first. I knew they had actors there, clearly, but I thought they killed some real kids. And it just shows how bold they are, that they clearly used actors.”
In a 2012 episode, just after the Sandy Hook shooting, Jones talked about the history of governments working to "disarm their serfs." According to him, "in every case, governments have used school shootings in England and Australia, in New Zealand, to restrict and then finally ban guns." He told his audience that President Barack Obama and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were in cahoots to abscond with semi-automatic weapons and shotguns.
"And within minutes of the shooting beginning in Connecticut this morning, when they didn't even know if anyone was dead, they were on the news, the state-run media, saying, 'Time to get rid of the Second Amendment,'" Jones told his audience. He went on to say that Obama was using every tragedy to begin taking away America's guns.
A 2014 post, outlines the discrepancies with an FBI report that shows there were no people killed in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. Jones interviewed safety consultant Wolfgang Halbig where the two talked about how networks like CNN have been caught faking events before. Halbig told Jones that he believed the news at first, but after a while became skeptical that the shooting actually occurred.
The bromance between Trump and Jones inspired the Clinton campaign to launch a web ad talking about some of the more famous accusations about government involvement in attacks on Americans. The ad begins with Trump's interview where he told Jones he anticipated the two talking a lot over the course of the campaign. "I will not let you down," Trump told Jones. "You will be very, very impressed, I hope."
Where does Trump get his talking points from? Often this alt-right conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. (Watch all the way to the end.) pic.twitter.com/87zLGAbvyG— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 16, 2016
Seven-year-old Daniel Barden was murdered in the Sandy Hook shooting that Jones calls a "false flag" event. His dad, Mark, is nothing short of disgusted by the allegiance Trump has made with Jones and the Sandy Hook Truthers.
“The Republican presidential nominee of the United States is being advised by a delusional sociopath. It speaks for itself,” Barden told "The Daily Beast," this week. “What else can you say about that? It’s disgusting.”
It's been almost four years, but Barden says that for others it's like ancient history.
“Every second of the day I am forced to consider the fact that my sweet little Daniel is gone and he’s gone forever," he explained. "And he’s gone because someone shot him to death. Those are the recurring themes that I live with every waking and sleeping moment. It’s unrelenting.”
Shooter Adam Lanza had difficult relationships with his parents. While Lanza had a falling out with his father, who used to take him to the gun range, Lanza lived with his mother Nancy. Some speculate part of Lanza's motivation for shooting the school was that he thought that his mother loved her Sandy Hook students more than him. Nancy had done volunteer work at the school.
“I definitely hold both parents responsible," Barden said. "They absolutely were partially negligent. I think they made some really bad choices and lacked a fundamental understanding of what their child was dealing with, and how to manage that. I think it should be a wake-up call for parents across America to be intimately in touch with their children and more proactive with how they are living their lives.”
He takes issue with the pro-gun Trump endorsing organization the National Rifle Association too. “After a mass shooting, the NRA jumps on it and tries to capitalize on it by selling more units—which is despicable," Barden said. "The whole notion of ‘more guns will make us safer’ is a fallacy every way you look at it, whether philosophically or statistically. Who’s the ‘good guy with the gun?’ Is it an undercover officer? A vigilante? Who knows who that is? If you play it out, it just doesn’t work. If you allow yourself to be fed that and act on it, then you’re part of the problem.”
Barden begs voters to "look into their hearts and see it for what it is. They need to look beyond the fear mongering and the lies that the gun lobby sells to its constituents with the sole interest of profiting off their misinformation and lack of education on the issue. Americans need to look into their hearts, educate themselves on this issue, and vote accordingly.”