Embattled Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones got into a kerfuffle with Miles McGinnes, the ultra-liberal brother of the alt-right Gavin McGinnes, on his show Wednesday afternoon.
McGinnes slapped Jones and called him a "joke."
"Anyone can take you," McGinnes yelled, "but you sit here and threaten other people."
A startled Jones called McGinnes a liar as more subdued hitting ensued. Amid suggestions for security to intervene, Jones pushed his guest to the ground, screaming, "that son of a bitch is in trouble" and "you're a punk."
We may want to rethink the whole Twitter ban... https://t.co/RiEcBsiY1M— Josh Campbell (@Josh Campbell)1550086718.0
Given how trashy and ridiculous this whole incident was, many people on Twitter think it was staged for attention.
@joshscampbell Um, this was staged so that good people like you Josh would share it. Don’t do it. Don’t feed the trolls.— Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽 (@Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽)1550093323.0
@joshscampbell Can someone say staged? 🙄🙄🙄— Stephen Wren (@Stephen Wren)1550088195.0
@joshscampbell The choreographer should be fired— Dawn (@Dawn)1550088781.0
@joshscampbell How frickin fake is that— cindibisenius (@cindibisenius)1550094337.0
@joshscampbell Infowars goes full WWE. That was the worst staged fight I’ve ever seen.— James DeSarno (@James DeSarno)1550095887.0
Jones was banned from Twitter last year. Look at what we are missing.
@joshscampbell Honest to God, i've never been in a fight in my life, but I could fight better than nonsense!— MomsThoughts™ (@MomsThoughts™)1550089233.0
@joshscampbell I've seen better fights on Power Rangers episodes.— Crazy Eyed Goat (@Crazy Eyed Goat)1550102139.0
@joshscampbell @_stillresisting Two Stooges face slaps— Michael J. Meenan (@Michael J. Meenan)1550099626.0
@joshscampbell https://t.co/PM2XAxjSk0— Don't Be Like Donald 💩🍊🤡 (@Don't Be Like Donald 💩🍊🤡)1550100378.0
Wednesday was a rough day for Jones. A Connecticut judge ruled that he must give a sworn deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by the families of two victims—six-year-olds Noah Pozner and Jesse Heslin—who were among the 26 students and faculty slaughtered in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Judge Barbara Bellis previously ruled that Jones had to surrender marketing, business, and financial documents pertaining to Infowars.
For years on Infowars, Jones repeatedly referred to the massacre, which claimed the lives of more than 20 children, as a hoax and "false flag" operation perpetrated by the government. He also accused the families of faking the deaths of their kids.
"The official story of Sandy Hook has more holes in it than Swiss cheese," Jones alleged in 2014. "I've looked at it and undoubtedly, there's a coverup. The good news is, most people I've seen do not believe Sandy Hook, and it's a total hoax any way you slice it."
Jones's false rhetoric resulted in threats of violence and death aimed at the families.
Jones has dismissed the complaints as attempts to impede his First Amendment right to free speech. Parents of the victims, as well as the court, see things very differently.
The lawsuit claims Jones is aware that the Sandy Hook shooting happened but decided to exploit the families anyway, following a pattern of using conspiracy theories to peddle product,s including survival gear for nuclear disasters, available on his website.
"The Jones defendants concoct elaborate and false paranoia-tinged conspiracy theories because it moves product and they make money," the suit alleges. "Not because they truly believe what they are saying, but rather because it increases profits."
"Jones is the chief amplifier for a group that has worked in concert to create and propagate loathsome, false narratives about the Sandy Hook shooting and its victims, and promote their harassment and abuse," the lawsuit states.
"For years, Alex Jones and his co-conspirators have turned the unthinkable loss of our sweet little Daniel and of so many others into advertising dollars and fundraising appeals," said Mark Barden, whose first-grade son Daniel was murdered at Sandy Hook. "It is far beyond time that he be held accountable for the pain his false narratives have caused so many and today's ruling brings us one step closer to doing that."
Attorney for the plaintiffs Josh Koskoff said in a statement that Jones knew what he was doing was wrong.
"It is unsurprising that Alex Jones would do anything in his power to avoid testifying under oath and being forced to confront his outrageous conduct," Koskoff said. "From the beginning, we have said that Jones knowingly peddled false and malicious narratives in order to make money at the expense of the Sandy Hook families' grief, safety and security. Today's ruling moves us one step closer to proving this."