On Wednesday, Inforwars founder Alex Jones and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) clashed in Washington, D.C. outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on internet censorship.
As Rubio was taking questions from the press, Jones inserted himself into the mix to ask the senator about social media censorship within the United States. Early last month, Jones was deplatformed by Apple, Facebook, and YouTube, an apparently coordinated action by big tech.
Jones continually inquired about the purging of conservatives from big tech. “What about the Democrats purging conservatives? He’s not answering,” said Jones to Rubio. “Republicans are acting like this isn’t happening. Thank God Trump is.”
Rubio turned his attention to reporters and cautioned that oppressive regimes like that of China can and have used censorship to censor “the truth.”
“The Democrats are doing what you say China does,” interjected Jones.
“Is that a heckler? I just don’t know who you are, man,” Rubio told Jones. “I don’t really go on your website.”
“He plays dumb. Inforwars.com, you know what it is, full well. That’s why you didn’t get elected. You’re a snake,” Jones responded. “Marco Rubio the snake. A little frat boy, here.”
As Jones protested that Rubio knew who he was, he briefly placed his hand on the senator’s shoulder.
“Don’t touch me again, man,” said Rubio. “I’m asking you not to touch me again.”
“I just patted you nicely,” responded Jones, adding “I don’t wanna get arrested.”
“You’re not gonna get arrested, man. I’ll take care of it myself,” Rubio answered.
“Oh, you’re gonna beat me up?” Jones asked. “I didn’t say that,” Rubio replied.
“You really are a little gangster thug,” continued Jones. “Rubio just threatened to physically take care of me.”
Rubio laughed off Jones and took a question from a reporter about potentially regulating social media networks as a utility, which the senator said he would prefer not to do.
“But that’s already going on, here,” Jones interjected again. “The Democrats are raping the Republicans. The Democrats are raping Infowars.”
Rubio ended the spectacle and told reporters as he left, “You guys can talk to this clown.”
“Look at this little frat boy, so cool. Go back to your bath house!” yelled Jones. “There goes Rubio. Little punk.”