A short history of Alex Jones claiming that the left is about to start a second civil war

Alex Jones named his website Infowars. Their slogan is, "there’s a war on for your mind!" His central, long-running thesis? That he and his conspiracy-believing followers are at war, or on the verge of war, with the "deep state," liberals and the mainstream media. All that is probably why Jones tweeted the following on July 1: "BREAKING: Democrats Plan To Launch Civil War On July 4th." And yet, because this is 2018, the tweet and accompanying video became a point of conversation, going viral on Twitter among those who believed this statement was an escalation for Jones. It even inspired a satirical hashtag that trended much of Tuesday on Twitter. But claiming that America is on the verge of civil war is kind of Jones’ thing. Below is a short, incomplete history of Infowars talking about the coming civil war – just from this past year. –May 2018: "Civil war is inevitable." This video actually features Jones protege Owen Shroyer, who hosts the War Room on Infowars. "Unless the left comes to grips with . . . their own mental issues," Shroyer says at one point, "civil war is inevitable." "I’m not going to sacrifice my country to avoid civil war. I’m not going to sacrifice my future," he says. The thing that prompted Shroyer’s comments was a tweet from a representative about small business week: "It’s #SmallBusinessWeek.55% of small biz owners don’t think new tax law puts them on level field w/ big biz6 in 10 say it […]

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A short history of Alex Jones claiming that the left is about to start a second civil war

A short history of Alex Jones claiming that the left is about to start a second civil war

Alex Jones named his website Infowars. Their slogan is, “there’s a war on for your mind!” His central, long-running thesis? That he and his conspiracy-believing followers are at war, or on the verge of war, with the “deep state,” liberals and the mainstream media. [ In the great ‘meme wars,’ Alex Jones doesn’t care if he makes them or is them ] All that is probably why Jones tweeted the following at the beginning of the month: And yet, because this is 2018, the tweet and accompanying video became a point of conversation, going viral on Twitter among those who believed this statement was an escalation for Jones. It even inspired a satirical hashtag that trended much of Tuesday on Twitter. But claiming that America is on the verge of civil war is kind of Jones’s thing. Below is a short, incomplete history of Infowars talking about the coming civil war — just from this past year. May 2018: “Civil war is inevitable.” This video actually features Jones protege Owen Shroyer, who hosts the War Room on Infowars. “Unless the left comes to grips with . . . their own mental issues,” Shroyer says at one point, “civil war is inevitable.” “I’m not going to sacrifice my country to avoid civil war. I’m not going to sacrifice my future,” he says. The thing that prompted Shroyer’s comments was a tweet from a representative about small business week: February 2018: “Breaking! Top Democrats call for Civil War” This video , […]

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