Alex Jones announced that he’s not supporting former President Donald Trump in his bid for reelection, deciding instead to support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for president.
The Infowars host explained he “pigheadedly” backed former President Donald Trump because of concerns of the possibility of a Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden presidency. He has since been surprised at how the Florida Republican has become “unbelievably good” during his time leading the Sunshine State, believing him to be the prime candidate for the GOP’s 2024 bid.
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“DeSantis has just gone from being awesome to being unbelievably good. And I don’t just watch a man’s actions. As Christ said, judge a tree by its fruits. I can also look in his eyes on HD video, and I see the real sincerity,” Jones said in a broadcast Wednesday.
“This is what Trump should be like. And I’ve been hammering this point, and he’s doing it now. And we have someone that is better than Trump — way better than Trump,” he added.
Jones particularly noted that he disagreed with Trump on Operation Warp Speed, the initiative that was focused on increasing production of COVID-19 vaccines during the worst of the pandemic.
“I pigheadedly supported [Trump] a few years ago even though I disagreed with his Warp Speed because I thought that we had to keep him in office because of the nightmare scenario if Hillary or Biden got in,” Jones said.
Jones has been an ardent supporter of Trump for a significant amount of time, particularly during the 2020 election. Jones was a regular participant in “Stop the Steal” rallies and claimed in the wake of Trump’s loss that he had been robbed of victory due to rampant election fraud.
His actions around the 2020 election caught the eye of the Jan. 6 House Select Committee who reportedly received a trove of his communications over the past two years earlier this month due to Jones’ lawyers in the Sandy Hook trial accidentally sending the information to the prosecution who turned it over to the committee.
Jones was initially ordered to pay $4.5 million in penalties in the defamation case, but it wasn’t long before there was added another $45.2 million to that charge after a jury sided with the parents of a victim in the Sandy Hook shooting who sued him over claims that the massacre was a hoax.
DeSantis and Trump are the two realistic frontrunners of the 2024 presidential election with other candidates barely registering on straw polls.
Trump says he has already decided about 2024, telling New York the only outstanding issue for him is when to announce his decision. DeSantis, on the other hand, has been less willing to publicly state his intentions on the topic, saying he is focused now on seeking reelection as governor.