Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has defended a claim made on his show that the so-called ‘Deep State’ is plotting to remove Donald Trump from office and has threatened to kill him.
A Newsweek article posted last week quoted the controversial presenter as claiming the ‘Deep State’, which refers to a group of unelected security officials who supposedly have influence over policy and politicians, are preparing to attack the President.
“They’re saying, ‘A month or two we’re going to kill the President, month or two we’re going to remove him,” Mr Jones is quoted as saying. “This is so sinister.”
Mike Cernovich, a right-wing conspiracy theorist who often appears on Mr Jones’ Infowars show, added: “If they ban us from YouTube, that’s when Trump will be killed, there’s no question about it.
“They’re going to kill us, they’re going to kill him, they’re going to kill everybody.”
In a new video this week, Mr Jones responded to the article, stating: "So they have this headline in Newsweek on Friday saying ‘Deep State is going to kill the President, Alex Jones claims’, then it shows nowhere from the very broadcast I did where I played Al Gore saying that the president is going to be removed in the next two months or Brennan saying he’s going to be removed in the next few months, and it’s not gonna be from impeachment.”
The accusations made against former Vice President Al Gore refer to his appearance on James Corden’s Late Late Show last month, during which he made a comment about the President, which Infowars has interpreted as a reference to ‘deep-state’ conspiracy to delegitimise President Trump.
Following a joke made by Mr Corden, the former Vice President said: “To be serious for a moment, I think the next few months will be a little challenging for our country and we best gird ourselves for it. This thing is not going well.”
The Infowars presenter’s comments about John Brennan, former director of the CIA, appear to refer to a statement made last month about special counsel Robert Mueller.
Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum, Mr Brennan said government officials should refuse orders to fire Mr Mueller, who is a former FBI director and currently leading the Russia investigation.
“If Mueller is fired, I hope our elected reps will stand up and say 'Enough is enough',” he added.
Moving on from these accusations, the Infowars presenter then alleges the Secret Service has visited its own sources in the wake of the claims made on his programme, and goes on to allege the security services are no longer protecting the president.
“Secret Service has even visited some of our sources after they’ve come on [the show] and the sources say 'Go talk to Al Gore, go talk to all these people that are publicly saying it,” he said, apparently referring to an alleged visit made to Pastor Howard Browne following his appearance on Alex Jones’ show.
The pastor told Mr Jones the Secret Service wanted to know the name of the Congressman who reportedly alleged President Trump would suddenly be removed from office.
Mr Jones then says the Secret Service has been “ordered off” the President’s protection detail.
“But see, as a bureaucracy they don’t want to actually stop it from happening, they want to act like they did everything they were supposed to before it happens because they’ve been basically ordered off protecting the President and that’s why the President has got his own military protectors and I’m not even going to go into that,” he claimed.
The US Secret Service’s authority is provided by the law, and permanent protectees, such as the President and Vice President, have special agents permanently assigned to them, the agency states.
“Protection for the President and Vice President of the United States is mandatory,” it adds.
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