Republican Senator Marco Rubio was in a heated confrontation with Alex Jones of Inforwars and threatened to "take care of myself" after the conservative commentator posted his television interview to question him about the bias of social networks against conservatives.
Rubio had retired from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, where Facebook and Twitter executives were testifying about their companies' liability against false accounts and the perceived bias in their platforms.
The Republican senator from Florida was talking to a CNBC reporter when Jones, a radio presenter who promotes conspiracy theories and has been excluded from multiple social media platforms, confronted the legislator.
Senator Marco Rubio and Alex Jones of Inforwars had an extraordinary showdown in a Senate hall
In a moment, Jones touched Rubio's shoulder
"Take my hand off," Rubio said. I'll take care of yourself & # 39;
Jones interrupted Rubio's interview to ask about social media prejudices against conservatives
Several users of social networks published exchange videos, which happened in the hall of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
The extraordinary coming and going showed Jones entering Rubio's space, touching him at one point, which led the senator to threaten him.
The two men also exchanged insults with Jones calling Rubio a "snake" and a "fraternity boy," while Rubio referred to Jones as a "clown."
Jones approached Rubio midway through the interview to ask about the trends of social media companies against conservatives, a topic he has repeatedly promoted and about which President Donald Trump has tweeted.
At first, Rubio ignored him and said: "My broader concerns relate to what foreign governments try to do in elections."
Jones pressed his case while Rubio continued talking with the CNBC journalist.
"He does not respond," Jones said of the senator.
"It's weird," Rubio murmured. Then he said he did not know who Jones was. & # 39; Is that a heckler? … I do not know who you are man. I do not know your website & # 39;
Jones replied: "That's why they did not choose you, you're like a snake, Marco Rubio is a snake, a little fraternity boy there.
"Very good, man, who are you? I swear to God, I do not know who you are," answered Rubio.
& # 39; Information Wars & # 39; says a reporter to Rubio.
Jones interjected: "He knows who Infowars is."
Then he pat Rubio on the shoulder.
Rubio shudders. & # 39; Remove your hand. Do not touch me again, man. I'm asking you not to touch me.
Jones asked if Rubio was going to arrest him.
Rubio said he would take care of Jones himself. & # 39; I do not know who you are man. You are not going to arrest. You will not be arrested. I'll take care of you myself, "he said.
Jones replied: "Oh, he'll give me a beating."
"I did not say that". Rubio laughs.
"You will not silence me," Jones said. "You're literally a gangster bully." Rubio literally threatened to take care of me.
Rubio concluded talking to reporters and said he had to return to the audience and added: "You can talk to this clown."
"Go back to your bathhouse," Jones yelled.
Google, Facebook, Spotify and Apple banned Jones from their platforms. In early August, Twitter banned Jones and his Infowars website from tweeting for seven days, saying his tweets violated the company's rules against abusive behavior.
Jones, an enthusiastic supporter of Trump, made a direct appeal to the president to put an end to the "censorship" after removing its contents.
Since then, Trump has tweeted several times on the subject, including on August 18 when he accused social networks of "completely discriminating against republican / conservative voices" and promised: "We will not allow that to happen."
Trump accused social media companies of "trying to silence conservatives."
Rubio said he did not know who Jones was
The exchange featured Rubio and Jones calling each other names
Donald Trump says that social media companies are "trying to silence the conservatives."
Jones was at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday, sitting in the front row
"I think Google, and Facebook and Twitter, I think they treat conservatives and Republicans very unfairly," he told reporters in August.
Jones had been at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday, sitting in the front row while Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey faced questions from senators worried about outside meddling in the upcoming election. mid-term.
Rubio sits on the committee.
The Florida senator has a security detail with him at the Capitol after the concerns of Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief in Venezuela, may have hit Rubio, reported the Miami Herald.
Rubio has frequently attacked Cabello, calling him "Pablo Escobar of Venezuela."