Alex Jones Promises Viewers Money They Donate To Him Won't Go To Families After Billion Dollar Verdict
A Connecticut jury ordered Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion to families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The verdict was part of the defamation case against him over his years-long erroneous claims the December 14, 2012 Newtown, Connecticut massacre when 26 people–6 of whom were adult staff members and 20 of whom were children between the ages of 6 and 7 years old–were murdered was just a hoax.
Rather than take responsibility for the years of harassment and death threats against the families his lies caused, the right-wing conspiracy theorist—and friend and advisor to former Republican President Donald Trump—mocked the verdict during a simulcast Livestream.
"This must be what Hell is like—they just read out the damages, even though you don't got the money."
\u201cWatching the Sandy Hook verdict live from his studio, Alex Jones makes an urgent plea to his audience for cash, and tells them that none of the money they send him will go the the families because he has filed for bankruptcy.\u201d— Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1665604772
Jones also claimed Wednesday's verdict was aimed at "scaring everybody away from freedom” adding “we’re not going away, and we’re not going to stop.”
The families of eight victims and one first responder sued Jones for claiming—with zero substantiated evidence in almost a decade of spreading the lies—the shooting was a staged false flag to help the government take away people's guns and everyone involved were crisis actors.
Jones made a fortune off spreading the lies online and in public appearances while selling supplements and survivalist supplies to fans made paranoid by his conspiracy theories and White nationalist rhetoric.
When the $965 million settlement was read against him, Jones yelled out:
"$50 million! $80 million! Blah, Blah. You get a million! You get a $100 million! You get $50 million!"
This was done as family members were seen crying in the courtroom.
\u201c@RonFilipkowski @HubleyScarlett \ud83d\ude22 My heart bleeds for these families who are suffering.\u201d— Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1665604772
"Do these people actually think they’re getting any of this money?”
“Ain’t gonna be happening. Ain’t no money."
\u201cAs the jury reads the damages and the Sandy Hook parents weep, Alex Jones is on his broadcast, laughing and assuring his audience that he won't actually be paying any of this money. \n\n"Do these people actually think they're getting any of this money?"\u201d— Brandy Zadrozny (@Brandy Zadrozny) 1665604395
As he made another plea for donations, he reminded fans he was in bankruptcy to avoid paying any legal judgments.
He added he's got "two years in appeals" and:
“The money you donate does not go to these people [the victims]."
"It goes to fight this fraud and to stabilize the company [Infowars].”
Twitter may have run out of patience for his complete lack of remorse, but they had plenty of words to describe his character.
\u201cNo amount of money will ever replace the victimization and heartless cruelty that Alex Jones inflicted on these families but this jury\u2019s verdict of 100s of millions of dollars levies a steep price on this vile human being\u2019s lies and malicious intent\u201d— Al Roker (@Al Roker) 1665604525
\u201c@BrandyZadrozny @MattGertz He is a horrible human being, and anyone that listens to his show or supports him is a horrible human being\u201d— Brandy Zadrozny (@Brandy Zadrozny) 1665604395
\u201cAlex Jones is on air as the verdict comes down, urging his fans to buy more pills from his store so he can keep fighting the lawsuits.\u201d— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer) 1665603485
\u201c@AuburnGal98 @willsommer Nope and Jones will get gifts and paid through proxies\u201d— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer) 1665603485
\u201c@BenNiedelman @willsommer It's actually really really hard to watch. The families are just wrecked. I get what you mean, but I've been watching the trials on Law and Crime and it's hard not to tear up at the harm AJ has caused\n\nhttps://t.co/yqRv4KN1QM\u201d— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer) 1665603485
\u201c@Patty16473031 @willsommer They need to find all the money he\u2019s been trying to hide.\u201d— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer) 1665603485
The largest sum out of all the Connecticut plaintiffs went to Robbie Parker, father of six-year-old victim Emilie Parker.
Jones was ordered to pay Parker $120 million in damages while several other parents of the murdered children were awarded more than $50 million each. A previous judgment was issued in Texas to the parents of Jesse Lewis.
Parker said he and his family were faced with violent threats after Jones made an accusation on his show the grieving father was a crisis actor in a staged hoax.
At one point after Jones faced lawsuits over his spurious claims, he acknowledged the shooting was real and at one point blamed his perpetuating the conspiracy theory on a “form of psychosis." He then returned to his program and backtracked claiming he was justified in questioning the mass murder.
Jones spread lies and conspiracy theories about other mass shootings, but Sandy Hook was his most lucrative target so Jones kept going back to the well for nearly a decade.
The Sandy Hook massacre was the deadliest mass shooting at a school in United States history.
It is also the fourth-deadliest modern mass shooting in the United States, excluding government actions against Indigenous peoples.