Jones, he said, has real influence.
“His ravings are untethered from reality, yes ― but with each viral broadcast, he infects more Americans with his hate and his paranoia,” Hasan said, before playing a compilation of some of Jones’ more unhinged moments.
Jones just lost a series of rulings that will cost him more than $45 million for his lies about the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. He is known for mixing racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and other hateful ideologies into his conspiracy theories.
“If you want to understand just how far the modern MAGA-led GOP has gone off the rails, all you have to do is look at the way they embraced Alex Jones ― Alex Jones! ― and brought him in from the fringe,” he said.
See Hasan’s full segment below:
“With a character as colorful, as bombastic, as Yosemite Sam-esque as Alex Jones, it can be easy to forget that his incoherent bile has hurt and destroyed real people,” @MehdiRHasan says about the InfoWars host’s legal woes – and his ongoing influence within GOP politics. pic.twitter.com/f8EwhnPVnp
— The Mehdi Hasan Show (@MehdiHasanShow) August 8, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.