Right-wing radio host and Infowars founder Alex Jones has been gaining a lot of press in recent days in light of the controversy surrounding his upcoming interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly. But who is he, exactly?
Nicknamed "the most paranoid man in America," Jones is a chronic conspiracy theorist who makes a living off claims that Hillary Clinton created ISIS and NASA fabricated the Apollo 11 moon landing — among dozens of other easily debunked absurdities.
Here are five of Jones' most outlandish conspiracies:
1. The Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.
Jones is convinced the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was a "staged" hoax organized by supporters of gun control. He claimed the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults, didn't actually happen and instead was entirely performed by actors who wished to advance the cause for furthering gun restrictions.
This theory has been the central point of pushback surrounding Jones' interview on Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. Families of Sandy Hook victims have criticized Kelly for giving Jones a platform to share his theory on the tragedy, urging the network not to broadcast the interview.
2. 9/11 was an "inside job."
Jones is perhaps most famous for peddling his unsubstantiated claim that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were an "inside job" orchestrated by the Bush-Cheney administration. In a blog post on Infowars, citing his interpretation of the 9/11 Commission report, Jones said he believed government officials assisted Saudi Arabia in executing the hijacking of planes that flew into both towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shankstown, Pennsylvania.
Jone claimed those possible links were never fully investigated and insisted that "co-conspirators were left off the hook." Jones also theorized government officials "staged" the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to help pass policies proposed by then-President Bill Clinton and offered similar explanations for both the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting and the Boston Bombing.
3. Juice boxes "encourage homosexuality" in children.
In June 2010, Jones speculated the government was working to make children gay by inserting chemicals into juice boxes, water bottles and potato chip bags. He claimed the allegedly tainted food products were part of a "chemical warfare operation" intended to slow population growth.
The theory, rooted in Jones' deeply seated homophobia, suggested the plastic lining inside juice boxes contained "estrogen mimickers," which he claimed caused young boys to become gay. He also claimed bottled water contained fluoride — which he described as "poison" — and that potato chip bags contain hidden traces of MSG.
4. The government can control the weather.
Not even Mother Nature can catch a break in Jones' world. In May 2013, he suggested on his radio show that the administration of former President Barack Obama may have used a "weather weapon" to spur a series of natural disasters, including a devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, that took place a day prior.
Jones has been soliciting the idea that the government somehow controls the weather for more than a decade. "We had floods in Texas like 15 years ago, killed 30-something people in one night," Jones said on the same episode of his radio show. "Turned out it was the Air Force."
5. Lady Gaga's halftime show was a Satanic ritual.
Jones' absurd conspiracy theories aren't limited to targeting government officials — he's gone after Lady Gaga, too. On Feb. 5, he posted two videos on Facebook claiming the singer's Super Bowl halftime was part of a "satanic ritual" to promote the Illuminati and the "New World Order."
"They say she’s going to stand on top of the stadium, ruling over everyone with drones everywhere, surveilling everyone in a big swarm," Jones said in one video. "To just condition them to say 'I am the goddess of Satan,' ruling over them with the rise of the robots in a ritual of lesser magic."
And why, exactly, would Jones believe one of America's most beloved pop stars is an undercover occultist? "She wears meat suits and does all these rituals," he explained.