The conspiracy theorist and Infowars host suggested attendees at the "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally which erupted into violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend were "leftist" Jewish actors dressing up as Nazis.
White supremacists from across the nation attended the demonstrations following a decision by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Authorities identified 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a paralegal who lived in Charlottesville, as the woman who was killed after she was struck by a Dodge Challenger driven by James Alex Fields, who had traveled to the city from Ohio to protest at the rally with fellow white nationalists.
“I mean, quite frankly, I've been to these events, a lot of the KKK guys with their hats off look like they’re from the cast of Seinfeld,” Jones said on The Alex Jones Show Sunday. “Literally they’re just Jewish actors. Nothing against Jews in general, but they are leftist Jews that want to create this clash and they go dress up as Nazis.
Jones also showed footage from 18 years ago of him protesting the Ku Klux Klan; he claimed later they turned out to be agents with the federal government.
“I have footage in Austin, we're going to find it somewhere here at the office, where it literally looks like cast of Seinfeld or like Howard Stern in a Nazi outfit,” Jones said. “They all look like Howard Stern. They almost got like little curly hair down, and they’re just up there heiling Hitler. You can tell they are totally uncomfortable, they are totally scared, and it’s all just meant to create the clash."
Reactions to Jones––and his latest conspiracy––were understandably heated.
The Daily Stormer is down. It is well past time that we get hate monger and dangerous liar Alex Jones Info Wars taken down too!— ThatGirlAtTheParty (@tgatp) August 15, 2017
In the past, Jones has received criticism for promoting unsubstantiated, often bizarre conspiracy theories. Perhaps most infamously, he has long suggested that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and several adults, was a hoax. President Donald Trump counts Jones among his inner circle and spoke to Jones personally days after his election win to thank him for his support. Jones has also reinforced the president’s belief that millions of votes were cast illegally, ironically casting doubt upon the legitimacy of the election he supposedly won.