Over the years, Jones cultivated a rabid following among fringe political groups and internet denizens, but he has received more mainstream traction in recent years. Before his recent criticism of the president about Syria airstrikes, Jones and Donald Trump exchanged praise. Trump appeared on Jones’ show in December 2015, just as the campaign for the GOP presidential nomination was heating up.
Jones on Wednesday accused the media of trying to get him removed from more platforms “so I can’t respond to lies.” His show was effectively banned in recent weeks by Apple, YouTube, Facebook and Spotify.
“Think about this, in America, “Jones said. “I have been unable — this is the 11th hearing which they have had in the last year and a half when I am one of the main focuses where I haven’t been called to testify, when they say outrageous, slanderous things.”
He took up that theme later in the morning when Rubio began speaking to a small group of journalists in a hallway.
Jones began complaining about his “deplatforming” from a number of big social media companies as Rubio gamely tried to seriously respond to reporters’ questions.
“It’s weird, man. Who is this guy?” said Rubio, referring to Jones, who was standing immediately to his right while keeping up a steady stream of interruptions.
“And then he plays dumb,” Jones sniped, arguing that Rubio did in fact know him and his InfoWars show.
“That’s why you didn’t get elected, because you’re a snake,” Jones said, referring to Rubio’s failed 2016 presidential campaign.
After the shoulder-patting incident, Rubio continued speaking to reporters, but then a staffer said he had to go.
“You guys can talk to this clown,” the senator said, as he walked off.
Jones wasn’t done.
“Look at this little frat boy, he’s so cool,” Jones seethed. “Go back to your bathhouse. Compromises and bathouse.”
“There goes Rubio. That little punk.”
Jones’ jeremiads in the hallways added to what has been a circus-like atmosphere on Capitol Hill in the past several days, where dozens of people were arrested Tuesday protesting the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Jones spoke outside of the room where Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were set to begin testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Last week, a judge in Texas rejected Jones’ bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of defaming the parents of victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, which Jones has repeatedly claimed was a hoax.