Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones screams on Seattle streets
SEATTLE - Alex Jones, the screaming face of conspiracy site Infowars, brought his ranting to the streets of Seattle Thursday and Friday, yelling at passersby about jihadis and a "Democrat hoax" crashing the stock market.
In case you're wondering, the stock market didn't crash.
Why Jones was in Seattle remains a bit of a mystery, though a now-vanished tweet suggested that he was vacationing with his family in the city that has been dubbed by many as the center of "the resistance."
In two videos, Jones dissects copies of USA Today, making wild accusations, apparently unable to find a copy of a local paper.
He also yells about "brainwashed bots" in Seattle are and how "they hate the West."
In a video posted Friday morning, Jones sprints down the sidewalk chasing a man who wouldn't talk to him, exchanging expletives with the man who repeatedly gives him the finger.
Jones calls him an "intellectual dumba** who watches mainstream media" before walking back toward the corner of Third Avenue and Stewart Street.
Later in the video, a man walks by behind him, saying "You're trash."
Jones turns around and approaches the man, who then throws coffee on Jones before raising the cup as if he's going to strike with it.
Some on Twitter questioned whether it was real with several saying it was an Infowars intern who threw the coffee on Jones.
In one tweet, Jones said it was "boiling coffee," but didn't appear burned or even irritated by the liquid after it covered part of his face, neck and chest.
Jones also had plenty of defenders on Twitter, including @SeigHeil1, who asked people to pray for Jones as he was "surrounded by pharmaceutically deranged communists in Seattle."
Jones seemed to be on some sort of fact-finding mission to learn more about Seattleites, though he also had opinions clearly formed before his arrival.
"These people are bots, they're in a cult," Jones says before approaching someone else. "Can you speak? We're trying to see if any of these folks can speak out here."
The man (later found to be one-time city council candidate Michael Maddux) responds in brief: "I don't talk to racist f**ks."
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