Alex Jones — a far-right conspiracy theorist infamous for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax — claims a Russian pro-Putin commentator lauded him as a “hero” who exposed “the war crimes of Hillary Clinton.”
Jones, who runs the conspiracy site InfoWars.com, said he appeared on the orthodox Tsargrad network in late December and was showered in praise by its editorial director, Alexander Dugin.
“When you became truly celebrated in this new era of Donald Trump, I marveled at you,” Dugin told Jones, according to a translation provided by Jones himself. “The fact that such people as yourself, who embody such free and independent points of view which are shared in reality by millions of people, Americans and worldwide, and millions of Russian people, how you became a hero of this campaign.”
Dugin, who endorsed Trump’s run for the presidency in March, allegedly went on to call Jones “a true American man” who “told the truth while everyone else lied.”
“When Donald Trump won, whom you supported and whom we were all also in solidarity with, when you and him and all of us won, I said this: anti-Americanism is over,” continued Dugin, who’s closely tied to Putin and Kremlin’s entire political apparatus. “From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for being the genuine face of real America.”
The unearthed broadcast comes amid reports that Russian officials have been trying to turn Trump into a pro-Kremlin puppet by blackmailing him with information involving alleged “perverted sexual acts.”
After the December broadcast, Jones boasted about how significant it was to be interviewed by Tsargrad, which he called “Vladimir Putin’s favorite TV show.”
Alexander Dugin (right) praised Jones for “being the genuine face of real America.”
“A couple of these guys are Putin advisers, I mean, top Putin advisers,” Jones said.
Jones was widely criticized after his hard-right wing site published numerous articles claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was “manufactured” by mainstream media organizations in an attempt to strip gun owners of their weapons.
“They clearly used actors,” Jones said in 2015 about the tragic massacre that left 20 first-graders dead.
Alexander Dugin is closely tied to Putin and the Kremlin’s entire political apparatus.
Jones has also repeatedly charged that the U.S. government carried out the 9/11 attacks, and calls himself the “founding father” of the 9/11 Truth movement.
Most recently, Jones used his website to push the so-called “Pizzagate” conspiracy, which claims without proof that Hillary Clinton is behind a child sex ring run out of a popular Washington, D.C. restaurant.
Trump, meanwhile, has commended Jones on his coverage, even thanking him after Election Day “for fighting so hard for Americans,” according to a report.
Jones has remained a fervent Trump supporter since early on, praising the President-elect as the only politician able to “go after the corruption in the government.”