Alex Jones grilled on the stand for calling judge sitting NEXT to him a ‘tyrant’ during hoax trial
InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was offended in the stands for calling the judge next to him a “tyrant” with “lasers coming out of her eyes” during his Sandy Hook hoax trial.
Jones, 48, seemed very uncomfortable as he took the stand on Thursday to answer questions about Judge Barbara Bellis, who is also presiding over the defamation trial.
The vociferous conspiracy theorist was often found writhing in his chair, his face blushing pink and blinking quickly as he tried to avoid any eye contact with Bellis as Sandy Hook attorney Chris Mattei snatched him.
“And you called this judge a tyrant, correct?” Mattei asked him what he agreed to. “You actually use that word a lot with your audience. You call people tyrants, don’t you?”
After a long pause, Jones replied, “Only if they behave that way.”
Alex Jones, 48, seemed very uncomfortable as he took the stand Thursday to answer questions about calling Judge Barbara Bellis a “tyrant.” Bellis is also at the forefront of the libel process
Bellis kept her face neutral, but peered at him during the break before starting to take notes again.
“One way you make it clear to your audience that Judge Bellis has acted like a tyrant is by showing her lasers coming out of her eyes, right? Do you know you did that?” Mattei continued.
Jones denied “directing” the creation of the meme, which had appeared on his show. He also claimed the first time he saw it was “in court.”
Jones, who was not present for the first six days of the trial, admitted to watching it, to which the attorney cleverly replied, “Oh, so you watched this? You could have just watched it from the chair.’
He squirmed in his seat during the interrogation and often made weird facial expressions. “You actually use that word a lot with your audience. You call people tyrants, don’t you?” Sandy Hook attorney Chris Mattei. Jones replied, ‘Only if they behave like that’
As the edited image of Bellis is shown to the courtroom, Mattei asked, “So this is the tyrant you’ve been telling your audience about.”
“I believe, I believe,” Jones stammered before being cut off by Bellis, who asked him to “look at me.”
When he heard his name from the judge’s mouth, his face twisted before turning to look at her.
“It’s ‘yes, no, or I don’t know,'” she instructed him.
Jones stated that he “didn’t know,” but later changed his answer to “yes” after asking to be repeated.
The Republican squirmed and seemed nervous when his attorney asked to “slash over” the first answer, but was denied. At one point, he takes a double look at his lawyers and raises his hand as he switches between his defense and the screen.
Jones, who reaches an audience of millions through his Texas-based program, has for years claimed on air that the Newtown, Connecticut shooting was a hoax — and was held accountable for those claims by Judge Barbara Bellis earlier this month.
Last year, a Texas judge ordered that he pay more than $50 million to the parents of one of the 20 children killed in the mass shooting.
The current hearing — which is now in the sentencing stage — is being held to determine how much he should pay to relatives of eight other victims and an FBI agent who responded to the 2012 massacre site.
Jones seen leaving Connecticut courthouse on Thursday
A Connecticut jury, made up of three men and three women, will determine the exact amount Jones and InfoWars owe to relatives of the 26 killed in the shooting, who were “crisis actors” according to Jones.
“I’ve apologized for everything I’ve done wrong for six years by questioning Sandy Hook,” Jones, 48, said Wednesday during his rant outside the courthouse, ending up flushed and breathless at some points.
“I didn’t ask Sandy Hook to be mean. I wasn’t the question leader for Sandy Hook, but I did say things that were hurtful and untrue, but I didn’t do it on purpose.”
Jones went on to echo past claims that he has apologized for his comments, which he said were not intentionally malicious – all while growing furious.
“I apologized to Joe Rogan four years ago, it’s been viewed more than 100 million times,” Jones told reporters. “But the corporate media is constantly saying, ‘Oh, for the first time, he apologizes,'” quoting what he probably misunderstood the general public’s perception of his prosecution, sarcastically putting the sentiment between air quotes.
“I apologized to Steven Crowder three years ago,” Jones continued, referring to a 2019 appearance on another right-wing web show.
“Six years ago,” he continued, “I said, “I believe Sandy Hook happened.”
“When I became extremely famous during the Trump campaign, Hillary Clinton ran $30 million in national ads that said I was Trump’s ‘brain’,” Jones continued, reiterating that he had been targeted by the left for being repeatedly spoken to them.
“Look, I like President Trump in general,” Jones said, “but I wasn’t his brain.” Of the former president, he added, “He listens to no one but himself.”
The outspoken conspiracy theorist downplayed his influence on the political right, suggesting that his comments don’t carry nearly as much weight as the media currently suggests.
“Those Democrats believe I run the Republican Party — I don’t,” Jones said outside the court on Wednesday, when prosecutors called on three relatives of victims killed in the shooting to testify against him.
“They believe I’m one of those Lex Luthor masterminds that controls everything—I don’t,” Jones said, growing increasingly emotional. “Actually, I’m not even in control of my own life.”
Many topics have been excluded from discussion and the jury was asked several times on Thursday to leave the courtroom.
At one point, Bellis exclaimed, “You’re going to work out today, for those of you who wear Fitbits.”