- Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones got into a heated exchange in the hallway of the Senate on Wednesday morning.
- Videos showed Jones crashing Rubio’s interview with reporters, repeatedly interrupting and insulting him.
- At one point, Jones touched the Republican senator’s shoulder, prompting Rubio to tell Jones to not touch him again.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones got into a heated exchange in the hallway of the Senate on Wednesday morning.
Videos show Jones, the host of the radio show Infowars, crashing Rubio’s interview with reporters and at one point touching Rubio’s shoulder.
“Don’t touch me again, man,” Rubio, a former GOP presidential candidate, told Jones. “I’m asking you not to touch me.”
“I just patted you nicely,” Jones replied.
“I know, but I don’t want to be touched,” Rubio said. “I don’t know who you are.”
Jones then asked whether Rubio would have him arrested.
“You’re not going to get arrested, man,” Rubio said. “I’ll take care of you myself.”
The Infowars host called Rubio a “frat boy” and “gay.”
During their exchange, Jones said: “The Democrats are raping the Republicans! The Democrats are raping Infowars!”
After trying to answer reporters’ questions over Jones’ interruptions, Rubio wrapped up the press conference and told journalists they could interview “this clown,” referring to Jones.
Rubio was headed to the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing where executives from Twitter and Facebook were appearing to testify on election security.
Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube removed Jones’ accounts from their platforms in early August, citing his content as “hate speech” or accusing him of “glorifying violence.” Following days of inaction after the crackdown by the other tech giants,Twitter hit Jones with a seven-day ban on August 15. His account was active again as of Wednesday.
President Donald Trump and other conservatives have accused social-media platforms of bias against them.
Jones has for years promoted conspiracy theories on his show, including claiming that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.
Here are photos and video from the Rubio-Jones spat:
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