Image of Alex Jones from Esquire
Alex Jones went on a verifiable rant during his cable show earlier today about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and President Obama. During the rant, Jones said Hillary Clinton and President Obama are both demons. Actual demons.
Let me ask you a question. If you were walking down the sidewalk, and happened upon a man standing in a doorway, or sitting on a stoop, who said what Alex Jones said, what would your reaction be? Would you say "Hey! We need to get you a show, and make sure you rake in the cash, buddy!" Or would you be more likely to wonder if the man needed help, if he was okay, if there was a way to get him to a doctor?
What if the man said juice boxes make our kids gay? Or talked about "secret documents" only he had ever seen? Or screamed at the tops of his lungs that we needed another revolution, and the government had secret camps, and a weather machine? Would you take what he said to heart? Would Donald Trump call that man a friend, and an ally?
It has long been a theory of mine that Alex Jones is schizophrenic. He has auditory and visual hallucinations, he believes in things that are not real, he claims important people within the government tell him secrets. When his delusions are challenged, Jones often becomes enraged, or he will blame a global conspiracy. He believes government officials are trying to kill him.
Which is why it is so difficult to write about Alex Jones. On the one hand, he is obviously very troubled, and seems to meet much of the criteria for schizophrenia. On the other hand, Jones is a public figure, with tens of thousands of people who believe whatever comes out of his mouth. Donald Trump considers Jones a friend, and someone he wants to impress.
Do we try and feel empathy for Jones, given that he obviously has some sort of mental health issue, or do we mock his bizarre conspiracy theories? Are there people who really believe what he says, who believe that Hillary Clinton and President Obama are actual demons? Here are some comments from his Facebook page:
Debbie Armento NOT a good sign! IN the bible .....Beelzebub or Beel-Zebub (/biːˈɛlzᵻbʌb/ bee-EL-zə-bub or /ˈbiːlzᵻbʌb/ BEEL-zə-bub; Hebrew: בַּעַל זְבוּב, Baʿal Zəvûv; Arabic: بعل الذباب, Ba‘al adh-dhabâb) is a name of a demon. In Christian and Biblical sources, Beelzebub is another name for the devil. In Christian demonology, he is one of the seven princes of Hell according to Catholic views on Hell. The Dictionnaire Infernal describes Beelzebub as a demonic fly who is also known as the "Lord of the Flies". The god of the Philistine city of Ekron, a Canaanite god.
Claire Burkus Beelzebub......satan ....lord of the flies.....also landed on Obama.....New York honors Arch from temple of Baal....Baal..worship was child sacrifice, temple prostitutes, priests having relations with worshippers....total evil.....exActly who this family worships today..... such a sign from God on national TV!!!!!!!!There are many more, hundreds and hundreds, most of which agree with Alex Jones and his conspiracy theories.
Is Alex Jones a schizophrenic, or has he simply discovered a way to make money and get attention? Should we view him with empathy, or with disdain? If you watch the video, it certainly appears Alex Jones believes Hillary Clinton and President Obama are demons. He references anonymous sources in government who have told him both Clinton and Obama smell like sulfur. At least some of Jones' fans agree with him, and are now convinced the President of the United States and the Democratic candidate are actual demons from hell.
Honestly, I prefer my demons with a side of Sam and Dean.