Controversial Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones compares coronavirus lockdowns to ‘what Nazis did’

Written by on July 8, 2020

CONSPIRACY theorist Alex Jones has compared coronavirus stay at home orders to Nazi Germany.

The controversial host, known as the founder of the InfoWars website, made the claims today as he addressed a “You Can’t Close America” demonstration in Austin, Texas.

Infowars yells into his microphone to his anti-lockdown supporters
Infowars yells into his microphone to his anti-lockdown supporters
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About 200 protestors defied social distancing rules this afternoon to mass in front of the Texas Capitol to call for lifting of the lockdown. 

The rally was organized by Infowars, owned by Jones, who joined protesters on the Capitol steps after arriving on his Infowars “tank”.

Along with the protestors, he compared Texas Gov Greg Abbott’s lockdown orders to tyranny.

He said: “Don’t let them tell you like the Nazis did that you are not essential 

“You are essential. America is essential. 

“And this is 21st century war attempting to shut us down and Texas is leading the way against these tyrants.”

Don’t let them tell you like the Nazis did that you are not essential… you are essential…America is essential

Alex Jones, Infowars founder

Chanting “Let us work!” and “Make American free again,” demonstrators yelled into megaphones, recording each other on their phones and parading up and down 11th Street at the Congress Avenue intersection.

Waving placards and flags, some demonstrators chanted “Fire Fauci,” calling for Trump to remove the man leading the White House task force against the virus.

Dr Tony Fauci has become a target for some on the right, with a recent YouTube video claiming he is part of a “deep state” conspiracy against Trump racking up 6million views.

The viral footage is rife with misinformation about Fauci and COVID-19.

Donald Trump, whose administration waited months to bolster stockpiles of key medical supplies and equipment, appeared to back protesters.

“LIBERATE MINNESOTA! LIBERATE MICHIGAN! LIBERATE VIRGINIA”, the President thundered in a tweet-storm in which he also lashed out at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, for criticizing the federal response.

Elsewhere, a few hundred demonstrators cheered and waved signs outside the Statehouse in New Hampshire, which has had nearly 1,300 cases of the virus and more than three dozen deaths through Friday.

Talk show host Ian Freeman, who attended the demo, said: “Even if the virus were 10 times as dangerous as it is, I still wouldn’t stay inside my home. Id rather take the risk and be a free person, said one of the protesters, 

Trump is pushing to relax the US lockdown by May 1, a plan that hinges partly on more testing.

Protesters crowd together outside the Texas Capitol to call for the end of lockdown
The protesters were calling for and end to the lockdown
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Austin and many other Texas cities remain under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus outbreak except for essential personal
Austin and many other Texas cities remain under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus outbreak
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State troopers standby as the crowds head to the Capitol
AP:Associated Press

State troopers standby as the crowds head to the Capitol[/caption]

Two protesters held a flag showing Trump riding a tank in a suit
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Two protesters held a flag showing Trump riding a tank in a suit[/caption]

Dr Tony Fauci has become a target for some on the right
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Dr Tony Fauci has become a target for some on the right[/caption]

It's safe to say they were not keeping six foot apart
People attending the rally ignored social distancing measures
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This protesters wore full burkas to make their point
Some protesters wore full burkas to make their point
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At least this protester had a protective headgear on
At least this protester had a protective headgear on
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The rally was held a day after Trump encouraged lockdown protesters in a series of tweets
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The rally was held a day after Trump encouraged lockdown protesters in a series of tweets[/caption]

Protesters hold up a sign in front of the Texas State Capitol building
Protesters hold up a sign in front of the Texas State Capitol building
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Infowars founder Alex Jones interacts with supporters
Infowars founder Alex Jones interacts with supporters
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This demonstrator makes his point against the social distancing rule
This demonstrator makes his point against the social distancing rule
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Gov Abbott has already said that restrictions will begin easing next week, while Indiana Gov Eric Holcomb who signed an agreement with six other Midwestern states to coordinate reopening said he would extend his stay-at-home order until May 1.

Meanwhile, infections kept surging in the Northeast.

Rhode Island, sandwiched between the hot spots of Massachusetts and New York, has seen a steady daily increase in the number of infections and deaths, with nursing home residents accounting for more than 90 of the state’s 118 deaths.

One protester offered "free hugs" and said she didn't need a mask because she had "an immune system"
Heather Chambers

One protester offered “free hugs” and said she didn’t need a mask because she had “an immune system”[/caption]

One Austin protester taped her mouth, saying the constitution was "under attack"
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One Austin protester taped her mouth, saying the constitution was “under attack”[/caption]

Vehicles of supporters of the group 'Reopen Maryland' fill Church Circle to protest the state's on-going stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Annapolis, Maryland
Vehicles of supporters of the group ‘Reopen Maryland’ fill Church Circle to protest the state’s on-going stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Annapolis, Maryland
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