By James Cook Published 7 November 2016 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics US election 2016 The populist rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has energised a disparate American movement that is accused of racism, anti-Semitism and misogyny. Before Trump came along, Alex Jones was the great white hope for an army of disillusioned Americans. The radio presenter’s rasping delivery may be hard on the ears but for his fans it’s food for the soul. On the fringes of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer Mr Jones was mobbed like a pop star after barking that he had given his enemies a “giant red, white and blue middle finger.” It was typical of the rhetoric from a man who came to prominence as a propagator of conspiracies, most controversially suggesting that the United States government was complicit in the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City on 11 September 2001. These days the star of infowars.com is a brash and boisterous defender of Mr Trump, and his advocacy has helped to deliver to the Republican candidate a group of supporters identified as the alternative right or, more commonly, the alt-right…. Read full this story
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