Megyn Kelly Criticized By Sandy Hook Parents For Alex Jones Interview
Jones has been the leading voice for Sandy Hook "hoaxers," who claim the 2012 mass shooting of 27 people never happened
NBC News host Megyn Kelly has come under fire from anti-gun groups and parents of the children murdered in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School for an interview she did with crackpot radio host Alex Jones, a well-known Sandy Hook “hoaxer,” that’s slated to air on Sunday.
Kelly was scheduled to host a benefit on Wednesday for Sandy Hook Promise, a memorial group run by some of the parents of the children who died in the horrific mass shooting. After the group caught wind of Kelly’s interview with Jones, it rescinded the invitation on Tuesday.
“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of the organization whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, was killed in the attack.
Another group, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, has also condemned the former Fox News host and has set up an online petition urging NBC to not air the interview.
“Giving Alex Jones a platform, especially on Father’s Day, is unconscionable,” the group said in a statement. “It amplifies the pain of those who lost their children in the Sandy Hook massacre — children Jones has dismissed as actors.”
Jones has been an unrelenting mouthpiece for Sandy Hook “truthers” who believe the shooting never happened. He’s called the mass shooting a hoax and has claimed the people involved were actors, despite the fact that it claimed the lives of 28 people, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7.
Kelly defended her decision to interview Jones because of his growing audience and the fact that President Donald Trump has legitimized him by appearing on his show.
“I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does,” Kelly said in a statement. “It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted this interview: how does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the respect of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions?”
Jones’ conspiracy theories extend well beyond Sandy Hook. As Vocativ previously reported, in addition to peddling theories about how the government was involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and how 9/11 was an “inside job,” he’s also talked about how Obama and Hillary Clinton are “demons from hell” because “sources” told him they smell like sulfur.
Trump’s campaign and presidency has helped push Jones further into the spotlight. In addition to Trump appearing on his show in December 2015, the administration reportedly gave Jones’ website, InfoWars, White House press credentials. After the election, Jones claimed that Trump called him to thank him “for the win.”
“Listen Alex, I just talked to the kings and the queens of the world — world leaders, you name it,” Jones claimed Trump said to him during a five-minute phone call. “But he said, ‘It doesn’t matter. I wanted to talk to you and thank your audience.’”