As Trump screams “fake news, fake news, fake news” nonstop at the media’s coverage of his fake accomplishments and general dumbassery, one of his favorite websites has been pushing Russian state news for years. InfoWars, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ website, has been copying and republishing stories from Russia Today, a Russian state-sponsored media outlet, since 2014.
Donald Trump has a thing for Alex Jones and his conspiracy nonsense, and his son, Don Jr., has even retweeted InfoWars. He appeared on Jones’ show in 2015, praising the conspiracy theorist up one side and down the other, saying:
“Your reputation’s amazing. I will not let you down.”
Trump likes Jones so much that Jones reportedly advised him on his campaign, including having him say that the election was rigged. The Conspiracy-Theorist-In-Chief picked up Jones’ claim that President Obama and Hillary Clinton founded ISIS, and that millions of people voted illegally (which is his and Jones’ excuse for why he lost the popular vote).
Trump also didn’t start crying, “Hillary for prison,” until after Jones put it out. Other subjects of InfoWars plagiarism included everything from terror attacks to global politics, with a heavy focus on U.S. politics. Jones has been accused of mirroring Russia state news before, to the point that federal investigators are looking into what effect InfoWars had on spreading Russian fake news throughout the campaign. Now we know that Jones and InfoWars have been doing more than mirroring; they’ve been literally plagiarizing Russian propaganda for the last three years.
Do we really have to wonder why Trump loves them so much? No, actually, we really don’t.
Russia Today, for its part, has said that InfoWars did not have permission to republish their content, despite the fact that they included little credits to RT on the stories. InfoWars has also stolen content from Sputnik, another Russian news outlet, and sites like Breitbart, the Blaze, Vice, the BBC, and so many more. The stories lifted from RT, though, appear far more frequently than anything else.
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