On Wednesday, before confronting Rubio, Jones held a freewheeling gaggle with reporters outside the Senate hearing room where Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were set to testify. And he made quite the statement to Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Jones asks if he plans to call the police and Rubio replies, "I'll take care of it myself".
"Don't touch me man", Rubio told Jones.
"That's why you didn't get elected". "You're not going to silence me".
"Oh, you're gonna beat me up?" "I'll take care of you myself", Mr. Rubio shot back.
Dozens of protesters roamed Capitol Hill on Wednesday to disrupt the second day of confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.
The companies said Jones had an engaged in hate speech and contributed to the harassment of users.
"The media ran a hoax", Jones told CNBC's Julia Boorstin.
Jones was complaining that Republicans aren't doing enough to go after an alleged purge of conservative voices by social media. "Hur hur hur. Little frat boy over here". It was Alex Jones, the far-right talk show host and conspiracy theorist. Jones, who was deplatformed by Apple, Facebook and YouTube in an apparently coordinated action by big tech, got in Rubio's face.
"Infowars.com, you know what it is full well", Jones said. "I'm asking you not to touch me". As the senator walked away, Jones shouted at him to "go back to the bathhouse", a reference to an unfounded Infowars segment that accused Rubio of patronizing male sex workers in the '90s.
"You're not going to get arrested".
During the testimony before the Senate committee that morning, Facebook and Twitter executives say they agree with Congress that strengthening privacy protections for their users is a "national security priority". Alex Jones tried to turn that argument by saying that social media companies were already silencing people like him. Jones is being sued by three of those parents for defamation, as he has continued to claim it was a "false flag" event.