He’s one of yours, Marco

He's one of yours, Marco

by digby

Via Vox:

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones had a tense exchange in the Senate hallway during a break of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing with Facebook and Twitter leaders on Wednesday. Jones, who sat in on the hearing, crashed a scrum Rubio was holding with reporters, and the pair nearly came to blows.

Jones, an alt-right figure with a broad reach online, has complained that social media sites have censored him after multiple platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, banned or removed his content. He attended Wednesday’s hearing, he said, to “face his accusers,” and during the break he approached Rubio while the senator was addressing reporters and broke into Rubio’s comments repeatedly.

Jones pushed the senator to address concerns that conservative and far-right voices are being silenced online. At first, Rubio tried to ignore Jones and talked over him. Jones called him a “frat boy” and a “snake.” Jones also plugged his website,

Rubio laughed him off, saying he didn’t know who Jones was — until Jones made physical contact, apparently touching him on the shoulder.

“Don’t touch me again, man. I’m asking you not to touch me,” Rubio said.

“Well, sure, I just patted you nicely,” Jones said.

“I know, but I don’t want to be touched,” Rubio said. “I don’t know who you are.”

Jones talked over him, saying he wanted him to be arrested, and Rubio said he didn’t know who Jones was.

“You’re not going to get arrested, man. You’re not going to get arrested; I’ll take care of you myself,” Rubio said.

Jones, surprised, looked at reporters and said, “Oh, he’ll beat me up.” He told Rubio he wasn’t “going to silence me” and called him “a little gangster thug.”

Pistols at dawn?

Oh, and Rubio definitely knows who Jones is. Please.