Alex Jones, the noted conspiracy theorist and dubious health supplement pusher who founded InfoWars, has threatened to "dish all the dirt" on former President Donald Trump after earlier referring to him as either "ignorant" or "one of the most evil men who ever lived" for touting COVID-19 vaccines.
It's worth noting that Jones, much like Owens, makes money from unproven alternatives to vaccination. Now he's upping the ante, saying he has “the inside baseball on Trump," who he claims “doesn’t know what’s going on.”
Jones urged Trump to "move on" from vaccines, adding:
"You know what, we all Trump would do the right thing... In fact, maybe—you know what—to get Trump’s attention, maybe I should just dish all the dirt—you know what, you know what—I am going to dish it all on Trump next hour.”
“It’s not to hurt Trump, it’s so people can know how pathetic he is when you think he is playing 4D chess, going to save you and he’s not! He’s not a bad guy but he doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
Jones' statements come after Owens made headlines last week for her claim "more people have died under COVID this year" even though "more people took the vaccine this year," which is misleading.
While the United States certainly lost more lives to COVID-19 this year than last year, the higher death toll was attributed to lower-than-needed vaccination rates in addition to a relaxation of everyday precautions to curb the virus' spread. The rise of the highly contagious Delta variant also contributed to higher death rates, largely among the unvaccinated population.
Owens' statements received considerable pushback from former President Trump, whom she was interviewing at the time.
Although Trump has consistently downplayed the pandemic's severity, he shut her down by correcting her on claims about vaccine efficacy, stunning Owens and viewers in the process.
Jones has been widely mocked for his statements, but many are also encouraging him to talk.
Considering that Jones has repeatedly elevated Trump's falsehoods about the integrity of the 2020 general election–and has himself refused to comply with demands the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection–many are egging him on.
Jones' threats to Trump come after he issued "an emergency Christmas Day warning" to Trump for touting vaccines.
He characterized his opposition to Trump's statements as a matter of life and death:
"You are either completely ignorant about the so-called ‘vaccine’ gene therapy that you helped ram through with Operation Warp Speed, or you are one of the most evil men who has ever lived to push this toxic poison on the public and to attack your constituents when they simply try to save their lives and the lives of others."
“What you told Candace Owens... is nothing but a raft of dirty lies.”
Jones then suggested Trump had been deceived by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases.
He urged Trump not to "go down in history as Josef Mengele 2.0,” evoking the name of the Nazi physician infamous for performing deadly experiments on prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
"“But now that you know that [Anthony] Fauci signed you onto a fraud, you must extricate yourself from this lie, or you will be forever known as the M.V.V.P., the Most Valuable Vaccine Pusher, and the name Trump will be associated with pure evil."
“Do not go down history as Josef Mengele 2.0...
“Your legacy will be that of a monster. Your legacy will be that of a eugenicist. Your legacy will be that of a child killer, using medical tyranny.”
Jones' statements have been widely mocked as examples of Republicans eating their own, a clear indication the most far-right elements of the GOP would toss even Trump aside for not backing their lies and conspiracy theories about the pandemic.