FRONTLINE

S2020 E16 | CLIP

Alex Jones and Donald Trump

How the candidate echoed the conspiracy theorist on the campaign trail. A scene from "United States of Conspiracy."

AIRED: July 28, 2020 | 0:01:57
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>> NARRATOR: Jones boasted about his impact on the candidate.

>> And I'll tell you, it is surreal to talk about issues

here on air and then, word for word, hear Trump say it two days

later. >> I mean, sometimes it was like

verbatim, like, really Trump, really?

You're taking his word for it? You don't have anybody else

around you? >> As we've been saying for

three years, Hillary is the founder of ISIS along with

Obama. >> He founded ISIS and I would

say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.

>> "Was Cruz's Father Linked to JFK Assassination?

Cuban hired by Lee Harvey Oswald bears striking

resemblance to Cruz..." >> You know, his father was

with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being, uh, you know

shot, I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous.

>> I think it was a super power trip for Alex that was

irresistible. >> So he's going to use

executive orders to go after our guns.

>> The president's thinking about signing an executive order

where he wants take your guns away, you hear this one?

>> Uh, someone in the mainstream, Trump, using the

words that Jones had been using for decades, um...

I think that emboldened Jones and it changed him as a

personality. >> These people are not frickin'

humans, okay? Hillary Clinton is a demon

damned to hell! >> He made a deal with the

devil, she's the devil. He made a deal with the devil.

It's true. >> The big shock was Alex having

the ear of a president-to-be. That was the biggest shock.

Of all the people I've interviewed over 35 years, I can

think of a, a lot of people I would rather have the presidency

than Alex Jones. It's a bit of a shame that one

of the most, um... spiraling people I've ever met is the one

who's influencing Trump.

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