After reinstating Alex Jones’ account on X, Elon Musk spoke with the controversial radio host on the platform’s Spaces where he tackled the elephant in the room.
“One of the questions I really have to just get out of the way and I and you’re probably talking about this already before is the whole Sandy Hook thing,” the billionaire X owner asked Jones, whose account was reinstated after Musk held a public vote.
“So what exactly did you say and what is wrong with that situation?” Musk asked Sunday during an X Spaces Chat hosted by X Townhall host Mario Nawfal.
Jones took the opportunity to clarify his views that led to lawsuits and de-platforming as he repeatedly called the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 a hoax. The tragedy claimed the lives of 26 people – 20 of them children as young as six years old.
“I had a very small operation and did not even understand how powerful I was,” Jones told the live audience of over 60,000 listeners.
— Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) December 10, 2023
And so when that event is called, the school shooting, which I do believe happened, happened 11 years ago,” the Infowars host continued. “The Internet exploded and it was the top story for off and on for years with all the with all these professors and former school safety people and all of them saying they believed it was a drill and I simply covered them covering that.”
“And so suddenly I would wake up and there would be sometimes 100 articles or more a day, every major news channel saying that I was currently saying nobody died currently sending people to their houses, currently peeing on graves,” Jones added.
“I apologize on every show. And I’ll say it again, I apologize that I just gave my commentary because I’m really just a guy…talk radio host,” he said.
“I just take calls and interview guests and that I play devil’s advocate. And if that hurt people’s feelings, I apologize. But I did not send people to your houses. I did not pee on graves. I don’t know any of the stuff that went on,” Jones explained.
Jones and his InfoWars account were permanently banned from Twitter in 2018 but, on Saturday, Musk announced, “The people have spoken and so it shall be,” after nearly 2 million X users overwhelmingly voted to reinstate the controversial host.
The people have spoken and so it shall be
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 10, 2023
Jones responded in a post, explaining how he had not been able to clarify his comments over the years because he had been taken off social media platforms.
Alex Jones releases a video response to Elon Musk’s poll over his return 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/1JYB1l3ySe
— Teresa (@pepedownunder) December 10, 2023