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‘I’ll take you out’ US Senator Marco Rubio tells InfoWars conspiracist Alex Jones in hallway clash

Jones repeatedly berated Rubio before grabbing him by the shoulder, prompting the senator to warn the radio host to back off

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 September, 2018, 9:50am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 September, 2018, 9:50am

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones unloaded on Senator Marco Rubio, calling him a “frat boy” as he ranted and raved his way through the halls of Congress Wednesday ahead of Senate hearings on social media.

In response, Rubio said he wouldn’t need security’s help if Jones kept touching him, saying “I’ll take you out myself”.

Jones, a radio host who has been banned from several social media platforms for spreading hate speech, crashed a Rubio interview and berated the Florida Republican.

Jones mocked the lawmaker’s laugh after Rubio said he didn’t know who Jones was before the back-and-forth quickly escalated.

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“I don’t know who you are, man,” Rubio said as Jones repeatedly interrupted him.

When Jones reached out to touch Rubio’s shoulder, a security officer pulled his hand away, and the senator warned Jones to stop.

“I don’t know who you are, man,” Rubio said. “I don’t really go on your website.”

“That’s why you didn’t get elected. You’re a snake,” Jones responded, touching the senator’s shoulder to keep his attention. “Marco Rubio the snake. A little frat boy here.”

The heated exchange escalated as the senator told Jones to “get your hand off me, don’t touch me. … I’ll take you out myself, I don’t need security.”

Jones – who has argued that 9/11 was an “inside job” and that the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged – continued to lash out at Rubio.

“You are a little gangster thug,” he shouted. “The Democrats are raping the Republicans! The Democrats are raping Infowars! Poor Rubio!”

Jones, who runs the facts-challenged Infowars website, told reporters he was at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing to “face my accusers.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday about their companies’ alleged anti-conservative bias and foreign governments manipulating social media platforms to influence US politics.

Jones was recently banned from Twitter for a week, Facebook took down several of his pages for violating “community standards,” and his videos were stripped from YouTube last month.

On Wednesday, he accused members of the media of being “mercenaries for the globalists” and said tech platforms are working to silence conservatives and independent media organisations.