Alex Jones, known for usually being completely sane, calm and level-headed (sarcasm intended) may have crossed several lines on a recent show.
Jones was interviewing Trump ally Roger Stone, a frequent guest, and the topic of Rep. Adam Schiff (D. Cal.) came up and set the InfoWars founder off an a profanity-laden, anti-gay tirade that may land him in some legal hot water, according to one lawyer.
Jones was angry that Schiff had suggested that he was working with Russians last year during the presidential campaign and this led Jones to angrily retort, among other vulgarities, that he was going to “beat his G**d*** ass.”
According to one attorney with expertise in federal law, the threats appear to break a federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 115, which states “whoever threatens to assault any a Member of Congress, when s/he is engaged in, or on account of, the performance of official duties, with intent to impede, intimidate, or interfere with such official while engaged in the performance of official duties, or with intent to retaliate against such official, the threat shall be punished by a fine and/or imprisonment of up to 6 years.”
Amanda Berman, director of legal affairs with LawFare, says:
“I do think that the combination of Jones’s comments would amount to a threat. It seems to be a clear provocation. Ultimately the question would have to be put to a judge or jury, but I think there is a legal basis for a conviction based on Jones’s threat which was made ‘with intent to impede, intimidate or interfere’ with Congressman Schiff’s exercise of his duties as the ranking member of the committee investigating the connection between the Trump campaign/administration and the Russians.”
You can watch the Jones/Stone segment here, but fair warning, there’s intense pofanity:
Complete Transcript of the segment:
ROGER STONE: What we’re hearing from the Democrats both in the House and Senate is red-baiting
ALEX JONES: That’s on Drudge.
STONE: — fear-mongering — It is well beyond the point of recklessness, whether it is [Rep.] Adam Schiff [D-CA] who has maligned me or whether it is Senator Mark Warner [D-VA] or whether it is Senator John McCain [R-AZ]. But let me tell you something, Alex, these guys are pussies. They talk a tough game. “We’re going to get Roger Stone in front of the committee.” Gentlemen, ladies, I am ready, I am more than ready —
JONES: In fact, let me say this right now. Let me tell — I’m not against gay people. OK. I love them, they’re great folks. But Schiff looks like the archetypal cocksucker with those little deer-in-the-headlight eyes and all his stuff. And there’s something about this fairy, hopping around, bossing everybody around, trying to intimidate people like me and you, I want to tell Congressman Schiff and all the rest of them, “Hey listen asshole, quit saying Roger and I” — and I’ve never used cussing in 22 years but the gloves are off — “listen you son of a bitch, what the fuck’s your problem? You want to sit here and say that I’m a goddamn, fucking Russian. You get in my face with that I’ll beat your goddamn ass, you son of a bitch. You piece of shit. You fucking goddamn fucker. Listen fuckhead, you have fucking crossed a line. Get that through your goddamn fucking head. Stop pushing your shit. You’re the people that have fucked this country over and gangraped the shit out of it and lost an election. So stop shooting your mouth off claiming I’m the enemy. You got that you goddamn son of a bitch? Fill your hand.” I’m sorry, but I’m done. You start calling me a foreign agent, those are fucking fighting words. Excuse me.
STONE: Yeah, I don’t think I have ever been in a campaign in which we disparage the patriotism of our opponents. Now, I’m not going to go there. But I think Adam Schiff has acted irresponsibly and I think he needs to be confronted with his exact words.
JONES: He’s sucking globalist dick.