Alex Jones Says 'Ashamed' Court Staff Fist Bump Him Over Sandy Hook Trial

Conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones said he has received sympathy and support at the courthouse where a trial is underway to determine how much he must pay parents of a child killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Jones was found liable last year in a lawsuit bought by the parents of a Sandy Hook victim after he falsely claimed that the deadly school shooting was a hoax fabricated by gun control advocates.

He has since reversed his position, admitting the attack did take place.

The trial in Austin, Texas, is set to determine how much Jones should pay for defaming Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was among the 20 children and six educators who were killed.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter, Jones says he has been inundated with support in public places during the trial.

He said that staff at the Travis County Courthouse have given him fist bumps, while people have also expressed their support for him at cafes and grocery stores.

The clip, from a recent episode of Jones' show, was shared on Twitter on Saturday and has since amassed more than 140,000 views.

"I have had the staff at the courthouse tell me, almost all of them, I walk by and talk to. 'We appreciate you. We understand what's happening. This is wrong. We're ashamed,'" Jones said.

"They fist bump us and my crew. When I go to the little cafe next door during a break, they give us free food and waitresses kiss us on the cheeks and say, 'hey, that New York Times reporter came over and asked me if you were drinking alcohol. I told [them] you aren't.' I mean, it's like Fight Club where it's on."

Jones also said he had received support during a recent visit to a grocery store.

"I'm at the grocery store yesterday," he said. "Shake 20 hands, probably walked by 50 people. They all said, 'we're so sorry for what's happening. It's wrong. Keep fighting. How do you take it?' I had crew members like a bunch of them coming to my office this morning and hug me."

Twitter users were largely dismissive of Jones' anecdotes, with some comparing it to the exaggerated or false stories former president Donald Trump was reportedly fond of telling.

"Sounds like a Trump 'sir' story," one person tweeted.

Another added: "None of this actually happened, of course."

It comes as Jones' media company Free Speech Systems filled for bankruptcy on Friday.

Newsweek has contacted Jones' attorney for comment.

Alex Jones arrives at the courthouse
Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, with a piece of tape over his mouth that reads "save the 1st." He shook hands with his lawyer, Andino Reynal. Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool