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Victim of Sandy Hook’s mother describes Alex Jones as the ‘biggest bully I’ve ever faced’

The mother of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre described Alex Jones as “the biggest bully I have ever faced”.

Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse Lewis was murdered in the 2012 massacre, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that testifying in the far-right conspiracy theorist’s first libel trial was the “most harder” than she’s done since losing her child – but had to stand up to try and stop him from bullying others.

“Standing in the pit was something I felt I had to do. I didn’t want to do it,” she said.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve done since murdering Jesse, but I think when your bully doesn’t stop – I mean, it’s literally facing the biggest bully I’ve ever had. never faced – you have to do it so he doesn’t do that to other people.

Ms Lewis said she thought of her son’s bravery in the face of shooter Adam Lanza during the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School when confronted with Mr Jones’ lies on the stand.

“I think of Jesse. He took on Adam Lanza who was the shooter at Sandy Hook and he saved the lives of nine of his classmates before he lost his,” she said.

“And so I kept thinking about it when I was at the helm and I thought it was the easier of the two. And if he could do what he did at six, I could definitely do.

Last month, Ms Lewis confronted Mr Jones about the damage he had caused by spreading his lies that the Sandy Hook massacre was a ‘hoax’ and that the victims and their families were ‘crisis actors’.

In heartbreaking testimony, the mother spoke directly to Mr Jones in the Texas courtroom and questioned him: ‘Do you think I’m an actor?’

“I am a mother first and I know you are a father. My son existed,” she told him.

“I’m not in a deep state…I know you know that…And yet you’re going to leave this courthouse and say it again on your show.”

Infowars founder Alex Jones takes the witness stand to testify on September 23

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She continued: “It seems so unbelievable to me that we have to do this – that we have to beg you, punish you – to stop lying.”

The right-wing extremist was ordered to pay $4.11 million in compensatory damages and $45.2 million in punitive damages to Ms Lewis and Jesse’s father, Neil Heslin, in the case.

Asked by TV host Anderson Cooper how she coped with ‘this bloated and damaged person in court, this half human being’, Ms Lewis said she had ‘feelings and compassion’ for M .Jones.

“My feeling and compassion for Alex Jones helped me on the stand,” she said.

“I don’t want to give my personal power to someone who is so hurtful and I did that through forgiveness and compassion, but that doesn’t mean their words and actions don’t make me angry.”

Ms Lewis said she chose to embrace ‘forgiveness and compassion’ – something that has helped her in her ‘post-traumatic growth’.

His comments came as Mr Jones is currently facing his second defamation lawsuit in a Connecticut court.

The Infowars host spoke at that trial on Thursday and Friday, where he launched into a furious rant saying it was “over apologizing” for causing a decade of harassment to the families of the victims.

“I’ve said I’m sorry hundreds of times before. And I’m done apologizing,” he shouted across the courtroom.

Scarlett Lewis testifies at trial last month

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Connecticut jurors will decide how much Mr. Jones should pay the families in damages in this lawsuit.

Mr Jones began spouting false claims just hours after the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, claiming on his conspiracy website that the mass shooting was “a giant hoax” and that the victims were “actors”.

He continued to push the lies to his followers for years, claiming it was a “false flag” operation.

While Mr Jones has profited financially from spreading his lies, the families of the victims have been subjected to years of in-person and online harassment and threats from his followers.


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