After a week of spewing countless conspiracy theories regarding the motives of the Las Vegas gunman, Stephen Paddock, the yarns that Infowars’ Alex Jones has been spinning in support of his obviously faux Trumpian worldview have started to come crashing down.
A prostitute who claims to have taken part in violent sexual trysts with Paddock says the gunman would take her back to his hotel room to act out rape fantasies when he had a winning streak. She also revealed that she thought him to be a paranoid obsessive who bought into conspiracy theories, including the belief that 9/11 was an inside job.
The latter belief dovetails quite accurately with the mindset of Alex Jones and begs the question, was Paddock actually a follower of Infowars, and did Jones’ continual pushing of a new civil war in the United States push Paddock over a line where he ended up committing an atrocity?
The readers’ comments section of Infowars have for many years been full of violent threats and new civil war fantasies and on a live stream on the Friday before the attack, Jones himself was spinning a number of broad predictions about a forthcoming event which could occur in October or November or maybe in December and also lead to civil war. As always, Jones made the predictions purposely vague and broad, spanning a number of events over a number of months in the hope of pulling a rabbit out of the hat if some horrific event occurred. He made particular mention of a terror attack that would be pinned on a ‘right-wing patsy.’
The interesting thing here is that now an attack has happened, Jones is doing his all-out best to try and frame the perpetrator as a left-wing member of Antifa who at the same time is a Muslim extremist also affiliated to ISIS. However, none of the evidence so far shows that Paddock’s political views were left wing and what morsels of information there are would suggest that probably isn’t the case.
An acquaintance of Paddock who met him on a number of occasions suggested that he was ‘conservative’ and obsessed with guns and now we have another source of information, the anonymous prostitute, saying that he also thought 9/11 was an inside job. The prostitute also claimed Paddock told her that he had ‘bad blood,’ which is presumably a reference to his father who was a bank robber and also thought to be a psychopath. This fits completely with the profile of many regular users of the Infowars comments section if you are to take their violent, paranoid braggings at face value.
All this could lead us to a conclusion that would be Alex Jones worst nightmare. That being, he was correct in his prediction that a right wing gun nut would commit an atrocity but he may not have been a patsy and for some reason, he chose to attack a festival where there would be many lovers of all things Americana, especially guns, perhaps in order to help trigger the new civil war – which Jones has been so enthusiastically cheerleading – after listening to Jones’ broadcasts?
And it could be that the ultimate patsy here could actually end up being Alex Jones, whose ‘sources’ he claims have told him that Stephen Paddock recently converted to Islam (he used a holiday shot of Paddocks partner Marilou Danley on a beach in Dubai to ‘prove’ this) and also that the apartment where Paddock carried out the shooting was covered in Antifa literature and flags.
Could it be state actors were awaiting an event such as this to goad Jones into crazier and crazier outbursts by posing as sources of credible information to Jones (the bar isn’t high there) to the point where inevitable calls are made for heavier regulation on the ability to post freely on the internet, which is a cause that Donald Trump has championed?
Will Jones fetish for turning the fear porn dial up to eleven, end up becoming the murder of the goose that laid his golden internet egg.
Has he immanentized his own personal eschaton?