Controversial talk show host Alex Jones has widely been portrayed as among the fiercest defenders of former President Donald Trump over the past several years.
According to a leaked video making the rounds on social media, however, the right-wing personality can be seen in a much different — and perhaps surprising — light.
“I’m just going to say it”
The clip that recently surfaced was reportedly recorded in 2019 and features Jones declare that he was “sick” of Trump, adding that he wished he had never met the then-president.
His comments came during an outtake from a documentary that a left-leaning activist and filmmaker leaked to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Jones appears to insinuate that he felt supporting the Trump movement, along with allies like Roger Stone, had become more trouble than it was worth.
“It’s the truth, and I’m just going to say it, that I wish I never would have f***ing met Trump,” Jones said at the time.
He went on to declare: “I wish it never would have happened. And it’s not the attacks I’ve been through. I’m so sick of f***ing Donald Trump, man. God, I’m f***ing sick of him. And I’m not doing this because, like, I’m kissing his f***ing ass, you know. It’s like, I’m sick of it.”
A controversial broadcasting legacy
Jones has increasingly been associated with divisive commentary delivered in his trademark outlandish, stream-of-consciousness style, embracing populist themes while attacking a globalist movement he has accused of attempting to enslave free people around the world.
For what it is worth, the Southern Poverty Law Center is also highly controversial, accused by its critics of indiscriminately classifying so-called “hate groups” that just so happen to consist of mostly right-of-center organizations.
Nevertheless, there are no apparent indicators that the video itself is anything other than genuine.
Despite his stated disdain for the 45th president, federal investigators are reportedly looking into Jones — among others — on the basis that he might have been tangentially connected to the Capitol Hill riot earlier this year.
Though he spoke to a crowd earlier in the day, there has been no clear evidence presented that he was involved in the civil unrest that followed.