Alex Jones yells ‘I will never apologize again’ during Sandy Hook trial

Alex Jones shouted “I will never apologize again” for spreading lies that the Sandy Hook massacre was a “hoax” as family members of some of the victims wept in court.

The Connecticut courtroom was thrown into chaos Thursday as the far-right conspiracy theorist took the stand in his libel case and refused to acknowledge any responsibility for causing a decade of harassment against the families of victims.

“I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times. I will never apologize again,” she yelled in the courtroom.

Jones, who spent much of the trial mocking the proceedings on his Infowars show, vowed “I will never apologize again” for his actions and complained that “people think I killed the children.”

The dramatic scene occurred as Christopher Mattei, an attorney for the families of the victims, confronted Jones with the people he accused of being “crisis actors” almost as soon as their children and loved ones were killed in one of the worst shootings. schoolchildren in US history

The jury was shown harrowing footage of Robbie Parker speaking to reporters a day after the 2012 massacre.

Parker’s six-year-old daughter, Emilie, was one of 26 students and staff members killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

She held back tears as she paid tribute to her little girl who “made the world a better place” by being in it.

“My daughter Emilie would be one of the first to give all her love and support to the victims,” ​​she said.

“Because that was the kind of person she was.”

He told reporters about the last moments he had with Emilie on the morning of the massacre.

After jurors viewed the footage, Mattei pointed to Parker in the courtroom and asked Jones if “Robbie Parker is real.”

The right-wing extremist admitted “yes”, after spending years claiming that the murder victims’ parents were “crisis actors” whose children didn’t even exist.

“For years you put a target on his back, right? … Just like you did with all the parents and loved ones sitting here,” Mattei questioned.

Jones denied this and tried to argue that he had not named the family members specifically.

When Mattei told Jones that “these are real people,” the Infowars host launched into a deranged tirade about “liberals” and “Iraqis” before asking if he was “in China.”

“Like all the Iraqis that you liberals killed and loved. You are amazing. You turn emotions on and off however you want, it’s just a tactic to take advantage of these people’s pain,” she ranted.

Mattei asked the conspiracy theorist to “show a little respect” as relatives of the victims killed in the 2012 massacre were present in the courtroom to listen to his tirade.

“There are families in court who lost children, sisters, wives, mothers,” Mattei said.

Unmoved by the statement, Jones lost his temper and went on the defensive, vowing never to apologize again for the pain he has caused and reiterating that he “rightfully” believed his own lies when he first told them.

“Is this a wrestling session, are we in China? I have already apologized hundreds of times and I will never apologize again. I didn’t create this, I wasn’t the first person to say it… but I legitimately thought it might have been a set up, so I stand by it. And I will not apologize for it,” he said furiously.

“I already apologized to the parents over and over again, I will not apologize to you. I don’t apologize to you.”

As Jones and Mattei argued more and more intensely, Jones’ attorney began shouting “objection” repeatedly over the din.

Judge Barbara Bellis ended by warning both attorneys about their conduct in a sidebar, before telling Jones to “respect” the court and reminding him that the courtroom is “not his show.”

“This is not a press conference, this is clearly not your show. You have to respect the process,” she told him.

Mattei went on to ask Jones if there will be more mass shootings in the future, to which he responded by getting defensive again, hinting that the attorney was accusing him of carrying out an attack.

“Are you saying I’m going to shoot someone? How can I know? Like it’s my fault, people think I killed the kids,” she replied, before acknowledging that “there probably will be.”

Infowars founder Alex Jones takes the stand to testify

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Mattei questioned Jones about whether he will continue to spread lies about the victims of future mass shootings.

Jurors were presented with content posted on Infowars just three weeks ago showing that he continues to push the false claim that mass shootings can be simulated.

In a poll on the website, he asked viewers “What will be the most likely deep state false flag operation before the midterm elections?”

Among the four multiple-choice answers, the first read: “Mass shooting.”

“Any time the next mass shooting happens, we all know what you’re going to do…You’re already conditioning your audience that it’s staged,” Mattei said.

“You’re hinting to your audience even now that the next person, the next Robbie Parker, is an actor.”

Jones began issuing false claims just hours after the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, claiming on his conspiracy site that the mass shooting was “a giant hoax” and that the victims were “actors.”

He continued to push the lies among his followers for years claiming it was a “false flag” operation.

While Jones benefited financially from the spread of his lies, the victims’ families were subject to years of in-person and online harassment and threats from his supporters.

Jurors are shown an Infowars poll from about three weeks ago that continues to suggest mass shootings are “false flag operations.”

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In court Wednesday, parents of some of the young children killed in the 2012 attack gave harrowing testimony about the toll Jones’s actions had taken on them.

David Wheeler broke down in tears as he recounted how the conspiracy theorist’s lies had prompted strangers to show up at his door demanding to see his murdered six-year-old son Ben.

“Someone came to the house and knocked on the door. The person demanded to see Ben and said, ‘I know he’s here, I know he’s alive,’” Wheeler recounted.

“I felt like I was underwater. I didn’t know how to get out of there. To have someone publicly tell the world that it didn’t happen, that you are a fraud and a fraud is incredibly disorienting.”

Erica Lafferty, the daughter of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was also killed in the massacre, testified that she was forced to move five times to try to escape threats and harassment.

“For 27 years of my life, that woman was my best friend,” Lafferty said of her mother.

“For people to tell me that she didn’t exist, how do you allow that to happen?”

This is the second libel trial in a lawsuit Jones lost with the families of the Sandy Hook victims.

At a trial in Texas last month, Jones admitted he knew the 2012 massacre was real, and not a “hoax” as he had previously claimed.

In that case, he was ordered to pay $4.11 million in compensatory damages and $45.2 million in punitive damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of six-year-old victim Jesse Lewis.

Now, jurors in Connecticut will decide how much Jones should pay those families in damages.

Alex Jones yells ‘I will never apologize again’ during Sandy Hook trial