Alex Jones has strangely claimed that his angry outburst during his testimony in his second libel trial over the Sandy Hook hoax lies did more damage to the opposition than he did.
The Infowars host drew angry reporters outside a court in Waterbury, Connecticut, on Friday morning as his defense lawyer, Norm Pattis, was inside telling the judge that he would waive his right to cross-examine Mr. Jones.
Mr Pattis said he hoped the move would “turn the temperature down” in court and that Jones would take the stand at a later point in the trial as a defense witness.
Tensions flared on Thursday afternoon as Mr Jones, under direct examination by plaintiffs’ lawyer Christopher Mattei, shouted that he was “done apologizing” for his gruesome claims about the 2012 mass murder.
He lost his temper when Mr Mattei claimed he had put a “target on the back” of the victims’ families by calling them “crisis agents” in the 2012 elementary school shooting, which was broadcast as a hoax by millions.
“I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times. And I’m done apologizing,” Mr. Jones shouted in the courtroom.
The far-right conspiracy theorist – who spent much of the trial mocking the proceedings on his Infowars show – promised he would “not apologize” for his actions as he complained that “people think I killed the children”.
Mr. Jones and Mr. Mattei continued to fight for several minutes – as the families wiped away tears in the gallery – before Judge Barbara Bellis finally brought the proceedings under control.
Speaking to reporters on Friday morning, Mr Jones argued that his defense chose not to cross-examine him because “there was no need”.
“Chris Mattei completely destroyed himself with a bunch of twisted information and lies,” he said of the testimony.
“I wasn’t allowed to defend myself so I just had to sit there while he lied and lied and lied. Then he had this big Perry Mason moment where he blew up and started screaming at me.”
He said the judge “couldn’t sanction me because she wasn’t willing to sanction him” and claimed his lawyer told him afterwards: “If you did what Chris Mattei did, you’d be guaranteed jail.”
Mr Jones added: “Chris Mattei has already set up the trial, he already has it where I can’t give evidence, and then he screams at me for five minutes and all I do is respond and say, ‘You’re an ambulance chaser , you are a despicable person, while he pretends to be the devil.”
Thursday’s dramatic scene unfolded as Mr. Mattei confronted Jones with the people he accused of being “crisis actors” almost as soon as children and their loved ones were killed in one of the worst mass shootings in US history.
Jurors were shown shocking footage of Robbie Parker speaking to reporters a day after the 2012 massacre.
Mr Parker’s six-year-old daughter Emily was one of 26 pupils and staff killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Primary School.
He choked back tears as he paid tribute to his little girl who “made the world a better place” for being in it.
After jurors watched the gruesome video, Mr Mattei pointed to Mr Parker in the courtroom and asked Jones if “Robbie Parker is real”.
The far-right extremist admitted yes – after spending years claiming the parents of the murder victims were “crisis agents” whose children never even existed.
“For years you put a target on his back, didn’t you? … Just like you did every parent and loved one sitting here,” Mr. Mattei said.
Mr Jones denied this and tried to argue that he had not specifically named the family members.
When Mr Mattei told Jones that “these are real people”, the Infowars host launched into an incoherent rant about “liberals” and “Iraqis” before asking him if he was “in China”.
“Just like all the Iraqis you liberals killed and love. You are unbelievable. You turn emotions on and off as you like, it’s just an ambulance chase,” he said.
Mr Mattei told the conspiracy theorist to “show some respect” as family members of victims killed in the 2012 massacre sat in the courtroom listening to his take.
“You have families in court who have lost children, sisters, wives, mothers,” Mr. Mattei said.
Unmoved by the statement, Mr Jones lost his temper and went on the defensive, vowing never to apologize again for the pain he caused and doubling down that he “legitimately” believed his own lies when he first told them.
“It’s a race session, are we in China? I’ve already said sorry hundreds of times and I’m done saying sorry. I didn’t create it, I wasn’t the first to say it… but I legitimately thought it might have been staged, so I’m sticking with it. And I won’t apologize for that,” he fumed.
“I have already apologized to the parents over and over again, I am not apologizing to you. I’m not apologizing to you.”
As Mr. Jones and Mattei increasingly sparred, Jones’ lawyer began repeatedly shouting “objections” to the uproar.
Judge Barbara Bellis ended up admonishing both lawyers for their behavior at a sidebar, before telling Jones to “respect” the court and reminding him that the courtroom is “not your show.”
“This is not a press conference, this is clearly not your show. You have to respect the process,” she told him.
Mr. Mattei went on to ask Mr. Jones if there would be more mass shootings in the future, to which he again jumped on the defense, implying that the lawyer was accusing him of carrying out an attack.
“Are you telling me to shoot someone? how do i know Like it’s my fault, people think I killed the kids,” he replied, before acknowledging that “there probably will be.”
Mr. Mattei spoke to Mr. Jones about whether he would continue to spread lies about victims of future mass shootings.
Jurors were shown content posted on Infowars as recently as three weeks ago, showing it continues to promote the false claim that mass shootings may occur.
In a survey on the site, viewers were asked “What will be the most likely deep state false flag before the midterms?”
Among the four multiple-choice answers, the top one read: “Mass shooting.”
“Whenever the next mass shooting hits, we all know what you’re going to do … You’re already setting your audience up to be staged,” Mr. Mattei said.
“You’re challenging your audience even now that the next people – the next Robbie Parker – are actors.”
Mr. Jones began making false claims hours after the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, claiming on his conspiracy website that the mass shooting was “a giant hoax” and that the victims were “actors.”
He continued to promote lies to his followers for years, claiming it was a “false flag” operation.
While Mr. Jones benefited financially from spreading his lies, the victims’ families suffered years of harassment and threats from his followers in person and online.
Speaking to reporters outside court on Friday morning, Mr Jones spoke about the merits of the case, saying he was found guilty by default despite “no evidence” he defamed the plaintiffs.
“That’s why I call it a demonstration test. It’s a trial for damages, not a trial where I can produce evidence. This is not the American way,” he fumed.
“There’s a saying: ‘Better 10 guilty go to jail than one innocent go to jail.’ And I’m not perfect, I’ve made mistakes and apologized many times.
“But imagine the precedent case, where they arm the judiciary and give people default – after they comply with chilling discovery – so you can’t defend yourself, and then use the very evidence you gave them against you, but then you can’t even talk about that evidence.”
“This is basically as rigged as you can get.”
This marks the second defamation lawsuit since one Jones lost to the families of the Sandy Hook victims.
In a Texas trial last month, Mr Jones admitted he knew the 2012 massacre was real – and not a “hoax” as he had previously claimed it was.
In that case, he was ordered to pay $4.11 million in compensatory damages and $45.2 million in punitive damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, parents of six-year-old victim Jesse Lewis.
Now, juries in Connecticut will decide how much Mr. Jones must pay those families in restitution.