Far-right GOPers are completely devastated about the 'persecution' of Alex Jones after near-$1B settlement

Far-right GOPers are completely devastated about the 'persecution' of Alex Jones after near-$1B settlement
Alex Jones in 2018 (Wikimedia Commons/Jared Holt)

This article has been updated.

Far-right, MAGA-inspired Republicans are weighing in with their reactions to a jury ordering InfoWars founder and known conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay approximately $1 billion in punitive damages to the families of Sandy Hook victims.

According to Newsweek: "Jones was ordered on Wednesday to pay damages to eight families of victims from the 2012 school shooting, in which 20 first-graders and six school administrators were killed, as well as an FBI agent who responded to the scene, totaling up to $965 million in damages, in addition to attorneys' fees and the more than $50 million he was ordered to pay at a separate trial in August. Many Republicans argued that Jones' statements that the school shooting was a hoax should have been protected by his freedom of speech."

The latest development in the case has left Republican lawmakers reeling.

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Rep. Marjorie Talyor Greene (R-Ga.) argued that "all [Jones] did was speak words." She tweeted, "He was not the one who pulled the trigger. Were his words wrong and did he apologize? Yes. That's what freedom of speech is. Freedom to speak words. Political persecution must end," she added.

Charlie Kirk also sounded off on Twitter saying, "This isn't about calculating real damages from Alex Jones. This is about sending a message: If you upset the Regime, they will destroy you, completely and utterly, forever."

He later added that if Jones "owes a billion dollars for saying mean things on his show, how much should the propagandists at CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, and The New York Times pay to all the Americans they pressured to inject their kids saying it would prevent transmission to grandma?"

"From start to finish, the Alex Jones trial has been nothing less than the system boldly flexing that they can do far more than just cancel dissidents and 'thought criminals,' they can ruin them financially for life," tweeted Townhall reporter Scott Morefield. "Make no mistake, future similar cases will involve imprisonment."

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Although Republicans aren't pleased with the Sandy Hook verdict, Democrats are explaining why it's necessary.

"No amount of money will ever bring back the beautiful lives lost that tragic day, but this decision is resounding, long-awaited justice for the Sandy Hook families," tweeted Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal. "In the face of unbridled cruelty, harm, & harassment these survivors have been a profile in courage & perseverance."

"The Sandy Hook families deserve every dollar coming to them from Alex Jones," tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). "But let’s be clear - there is a whole ecosystem of hate and conspiracy and Jones is just one organism of many. Until the political right purges this movement from its ranks, none of this ends."

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Correction: Scott Morefield is a reporter for Townhall. He is not a Daily Caller employee.

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