If you ever had any doubt that Alex Jones was a thug, a bully and a jackass, events this week in Denver ought to lay those doubts to rest.
It all started with a protest put together by the anarcho-hippies of Recreate68 and some of their allies. They planned to go to the Denver mint to hold a nonviolent protest in which they were apparently planning to use their positive psychic energy to levitate and ultimately destroy the mint in a protest against global capitalism. As they had hoped, this protest attracted some attention. A number of right-wing bloggers were there to film and scoff at the hippies, including prominent editorialist and blogger Michelle Malkin and Steve Green AKA Vodka Pundit who was acting as a reporter for Pajamas Media and who we have to thank for the best of the various videos to come out of this fracas.
Of course, since the protest was at the Denver mint, it was almost inevitable that Alex Jones would be there with some of his supporters, what with the mint being part of the power structure of the diabolical New World Order and the Zionist bankers who control it, or something silly like that. As quickly became clear, there's not much love lost between Alex Jones and Michelle Malkin. He's convinced that she's going to round up every conspiracy nut and Pakistani convenience store clerk in the country and put them in (nonexistent) FEMA death camps while torturing Iraqi babies and whoring herself to the Gnomes of Zurich at the same time – she can multitask. She seems equally convinced that he's an irritating blowhard who she's too short to shoot pictures over. Well, a picture speaks a thousand words and a video speaks about a million – or in this case shouts them – so see the accompanying clip for what I'm talking about.
What quickly became clear as all these politically volatile elements gathered at the mint, was that Alex Jones can't resist the powerful combination of lots of video cameras and a diminutive Filipino-American to harangue. Calling her a "prostitute" and "disgusting new world order trash" and a variety of other epithets and shouting out her supposed crimes, Jones followed Malkin around, tried to thrust his pudgy form in her path and had his followers chase her down when she tried to get away, yelling "Get Michelle Malkin! Don't let her leave! …Get on her!" Malkin took it all pretty calmly and did her best to just ignore Jones, setting an example for the world to follow. She did have some help. She seemed to have a large and bearded bodyguard type at her elbow, and some of the peaceniks took offense at Jones' behavior and attempted to come to her defense as well.
Contrary to what some have reported, Jones did not start chanting "kill Michelle Malkin", though it wouldn't have been a surprise, given his behavior. The chant was started by a guy in a funny hat who looked like he was with Jones, but who may just have been a prankster. In the video Jones does appear to give a good hard shove to one of the protesters who was attempting to defend Malkin, which likely meets the legal definition of assault. Jones was out of control and clearly desperate for attention, and when the cameras moved away from him he was quick to chase them down and try to make himself the center of attention again by being as verbally abusive as possible to Malkin.
I've got no particularly warm feelings for Malkin. While most of Jones' claims about her are as ridiculous and delusional as the rest of what he spews, she has said some genuinely troubling things and is needlessly sensationalistic, though she is occasionally fairly humorous. I'm no more a fan of her moralistic, fearmongering, hardline conservatism than I am of Alex Jones bombastic lunatic fringe ranting. Nonetheless, she does have a right to free speech and free assembly and not to be harassed by a mob stirred up by a ranting lunatic. Jones has a right to free speech too, but he doesn't have a right to create a situation which is volatile and potentially dangerous in the middle of what could easily become a dangerous mob.
Jones is just about out of control. It's only a matter of time before an incident like this turns violent. He also seems to have no idea how self-defeating his behavior is. He may think these antics are a great way to get his message out, but what they actually do is let people like me point out to other reasonable people that his behavior is not that of someone who ought to be taken seriously. He may think he's some sort of crusading force of righteousness, but most of those who watch the video are going to join me in concluding that he's a hate-filled buffoon. The contrast between his raging and ranting and Malkin's calm response gives her legitimacy and takes away what little he has left.
Watch the video. Draw your own conclusions.