Six Weeks Later, Trump Refuses to Denounce Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorists

September 29, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

President Donald Trump has remained silent about his relationship with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, refusing to denounce the right-wing radio show host who has used his popular platform InfoWars to push the theory that the deadly 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newton, Conn., was a vast government plot to enact stricter gun control laws.

Trump’s silence comes despite a letter sent by the Newton School Board six weeks ago requesting that the president publicly denounce Jones and the conspiracy theory that has resulted in stalking, death threats, and harassment of victims’ families, the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday.

“We are asking you to intervene to try to stop [Alex] Jones and other hoaxers like him,” the board wrote in its February 20 letter, according to the Courant. “We are asking you to acknowledge the tragedy from 12/14/12 and to denounce anyone spreading lies and conspiracy theories about the tragedy on that December morning.”

“Jones repeatedly tells his listeners and viewers that he has your ears and your respect,” the letter continues. “He brags about how you called him after your victory in November. He continues to hurt the memories of those lost, the ability of those left behind to heal.”

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Indeed, victims’ families have repeatedly asked Trump to denounce his ties to Jones and the conspiracy theory about their relatives’ deaths, which has led to seemingly endless harassment from strangers around the world, compounding the pain from the shooting.