As a CNBC reporter tried to interview Marco Rubio outside a Senate hearing on interference in USA elections, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones interrupted repeatedly, speaking over Rubio and even reaching out to touch the senator, prompting a warning to back off. From there, Jones describes Rubio as "snake-like" and calls him a "little frat boy".
"Don't touch me again, man", Rubio said. "And said that I said things on Twitter that I didn't say". Even in a fight with Alex Jones. You really are like a gangster thug.
Darcy's reporting had previously raised questions about tech companies' rules and statements about their battles against misinformation, and whether those were consistent with their allowing Jones and InfoWars to use their platforms. When Jones started shouting about getting arrested, Rubio said, "you're not going to get arrested..."
"You're not going to get arrested. I'll take care of it myself", Rubio answered.
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Then Jones patted Rubio on the shoulder.
"I've got to go to the committee".
The ban comes one month after Facebook, YouTube and Apple removed Jones and Infowars' accounts from their platforms, raising pressure on Twitter to follow suit.
Having enough heckling, the politician broke with the gaggle of reporters, telling them, "You guys can talk to this clown".
A spokesperson for Rubio's office said the video speaks for itself.
Jones interpreted this to mean that Rubio was gonna throw hands, which, admittedly, would be fantastic to watch. After the hearing reconvened, he reportedly went back in to watch the testimonies.