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On Wednesday, Alex Jones claimed that an incident in which a train carrying GOP lawmakers crashed into a truck earlier that day was not simply an accident that claimed one life. Rather, he said it was a "kamikaze" attack and evidence that the U.S. is currently in the midst of a "civil war".
Earlier Wednesday, an Amtrak train carrying several key Republican lawmakers, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, on their way to their annual policy retreat in West Virginia crashed into a garbage truck. The New York Times reported that the White House says at least one person — apparently the driver of the truck — was killed during the collision and another was seriously injured. The Republican lawmakers and staffers were reportedly unharmed.
According to an Amtrak spokesman, at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia, near Charlottesville, the train hit the truck on the tracks and that "Two members of the train’s crew and two passengers were transported to a hospital with minor injuries," the Times reported.
But Jones' description of the crash varied considerably from Amtrak's. "A truck kamikaze rammed it, a cement truck, a big truck, a dump truck kamikaze rammed it. And Paul Ryan was on board," he said on "The Alex Jones Show" today. "There’s one dead. A bunch of people injured. But what’s the odds of this? No, this is a message, you better believe it."
With his typical flair, Jones predicted that some will dispute his claims, which, to be fair, is exactly what is happening here. To counter, he mentioned other conspiracy theories he's broadcast in the past that were, in his mind, proven correct. "And they’re going to spin it and try to, 'Oh, it’s no big deal, everything’s fine.' 'Oh, [the Las Vegas mass shooting] isn’t Islamic.' Of course it’s come out it has. 'Oh, there’s not multiple shooters," he said. "This is a serious message, very serious message that we can get you anywhere you are."
He connected the Amtrak crash to the lone shooter who fired at lawmakers during a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia in July. "You go to your baseball practice, we’re going to shoot you," he said. "We’re going to come after your family. Rammed the front of the train, killing the driver and derailing part of the train. I mean, this is amazing."
So this country is in a civil war. You can believe this was on purpose. I mean, I’d say 98 percent chance. This is unbelievable.
You had two miles away in Washington Antifa meeting with videos and police raids saying they were going to derail trains at that exact place and derailing a train a month before, but nobody — it wasn’t a passenger train. And then they go, 'Oh, the driver admits that he missed the speed limit and just went ahead and went too fast around there.' Yeah, whatever. I mean, this is getting ridiculous.
It is unclear exactly what Jones is referring to here. There was indeed an accidental derailment in Washington D.C. earlier this month, but there is no news of Antifa meetings or police raids. It's notable that this isn't the first conspiracy theory Jones has proffered about a rail accident in recent months.
Jerome Corsi, head of Washington D.C. News Bureau for Jones and his website Info Wars, tweeted the same theory.
Just yesterday, Jones claimed that members of the "deep state" were plotting to set off a nuclear weapon in Washington D.C. and engage in other "hanky panky" in order to prevent the release of Rep. Devin Nunes' (R-CA) memo to the FISA court about Robert Mueller's Russia probe. A few weeks before, Jones promised to expose some unknown Oprah Winfrey "skeletons" and lobby against her as a candidate for presidency in 2020, a campaign she has repeatedly said she has no interest in launching.
This article first appeared on www.salon.com
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