The Donald Trump campaign is continuing its courtship of Alex Jones, with one senior adviser hailing the leading conspiracy theorist for being "on top" of immigration. Jones and his website Infowars.com believe immigrants are "an invading army under the control of the New World Order and are being used to collapse and destroy the world's economy" through crime, disease, and poverty.
In a February 8 interview with Infowars.com, Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller praised Jones and Infowars for having "been on top of ... the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and on the immigration issue." Miller then repeatedly pitched Trump to Jones' audience, telling them that "if you want to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership, if you want to close the border, if you want to protect American jobs and wages, then you have to support Donald J. Trump."
After Infowars reporter Richard Reeves warned that the GOP might try "stacking that delegation" at July's nominating convention in Cleveland with "GOP hardline establishment folks," Miller responded with a get out the vote pitch for Trump.
"The easiest thing to do if we want to have Donald J. Trump be our nominee is to show up and vote tomorrow in New Hampshire and then to vote in South Carolina and all across this country," Miller said. "And that will guarantee, I assure you, that Donald J. Trump will be the Republican nominee."
Reeves responded by urging Jones' audience to "get to your precinct conventions and precinct caucuses 'cause that's the road to Cleveland."
Miller is a former top aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who joined the Trump campaign in January. He worked with Sessions to oppose immigration reform and, according to the Washington Post, "When Sessions and Trump began to build a relationship last year, he asked Miller to work with Trump's campaign as it thought through its immigration position. That experience laid the groundwork for Miller's hire."
Jones is a well-known conspiracy theorist and one of the more extreme media personalities in the country. He believes the government was behind the 9/11 attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and the mass shootings in Aurora, Sandy Hook and Tucson (among others). He and his website have repeatedly suggested that the San Bernardino shooting was a "false flag." Jones ultimately believes that a cabal of secretive global elites is working behind the scenes to, in the words of one of his films, "exterminate 80% of the world's population, while enabling the 'elites' to live forever with the aid of advanced technology."
Infowars is a cesspool of anti-immigrant conspiracy theories. Jones' Infowars YouTube page contains the following show segment descriptions about immigrants:
- "Misguided Americans are pushing for amnesty that could end up fueling the destruction of the fragile system in the US.Crime rates are increasing everyday as Immigrants flood past our borders and bring disease and poverty to everyday US towns." [7/25/14]
- "Alex discusses the topic of how the Globalist are attempting to use immigration laws as a way to control the politics,economy,and sovereignty of the United States." [1/30/14]
- "[Infowars anchor] David Knight breaks down how the hordes of 'immigrants' are really nothing short of an invading army under the control of the New World Order and are being used to collapse and destroy the world's economy and how they have turned the once peaceful country of Sweden into the rape capitol of Europe and almost the world." [10/26/15]
- "David Knight covers the wave of immigrants pouring over the southern border of the US and the plan to use immigrant children as a means to redistribute wealth and create a subservient lower class." [6/30/14]
- "Criminals Race Over Southern Border ... Alex brings to light the hard fought efforts of the current establishment governments to crash the borders of the US and bring an economic hardship across the country to cause panic amongst the public." [6/12/14]
Donald Trump and his supporters have repeatedly attempted to win over Jones and his audience. The New Hampshire primary winner appeared on his program in December and praised Jones as having an "amazing" reputation and promised to "not let you down." In a January, Trump called him "a nice guy." Roger Stone, a former paid policy adviser to the Trump campaign who recently launched a pro-Trump super PAC, has regularly appeared on Jones' program to promote Trump's candidacy.
Trump is the only presidential contender who engages with Jones and his fringe ideology. The radio host has been a booster of Trump, saying that "we have to defend him because the ideas he's putting out in general are very good." (Jones has a long relationship with former candidate Rand Paul, who appeared on Jones' show before dropping out.)
From Miller's interview with Alex Jones' Infowars.com:
RICHARD REEVES: Richard Reeves with Infowars.com at the Red Arrow Diner with Steve Miller. What's your position with the Trump campaign, again?
MILLER: I'm the senior policy adviser.
REEVES: So as senior policy adviser, what are you really looking -- what are the top issues that you're working on?
MILLER: Well two of the biggest ones are trade and immigration and that's a lot of what this election comes down to. And of course, Alex Jones and Infowars have been on top of this for a long time, both on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and on the immigration issue and all of the different facets of it. So it's really great to be talking with you today. But my short message for your audience would be that if you want to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership, if you want to close the border, if you want to protect American jobs and wages, then you have to support Donald J. Trump. He's the only person who's been clear and consistent and firm on these issues and who isn't relying on large special interests and donors.
REEVES: Well he clearly does appear to be the most serious candidate on that issue and I'm convinced that he will actually get Mexico to even pay for the wall as well, right?
MILLER: There's no doubt that he will.
MILLER: The easiest thing to do if we want to have Donald J. Trump be our nominee is to show up and vote tomorrow in New Hampshire and then to vote in South Carolina and all across this country and that will guarantee, I assure you, that Donald J. Trump will be the Republican nominee and millions and millions of people are joining this movement and it's going to make truly make America great again.
REEVES: And beyond that folks, get to your precinct conventions and precinct caucuses 'cause that's the road to Cleveland. Steve Miller, thank you so much.
MILLER: Thank you, great to be here.