Watch: Alex Jones calls Marco Rubio a 'snake and frat boy' as two come to blows outside Senate hearing
The heated exchange took place outside of Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing where executives from Facebook and Twitter were testifying about fake accounts and bias
Republican Senator Marco Rubio got into a heated argument with InfoWars' Alex Jones after the conservative commentator crashed Rubio's TV interview to question him on social media bias against conservatives.
Rubio had stepped outside of Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing where executives from Facebook and Twitter were testifying about their companies' responsibility against fake accounts and perceived bias on their platforms. The Republican senator from Florida was talking to a reporter from CNBC when Jones, a radio host who promotes conspiracy theories and has been banned from multiple social media platforms, confronted the lawmaker.
Several social media users posted the video of the exchange that took place in the hallway of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The video shows Jones getting into Rubio's space, touching him at one point, which the senator did not like.
Wow, this video. Alex JONES calls RUBIO a "frat boy" and touches Rubio on the shoulder. Rubio tells Jones not to touch him and that he won't be arrested because I'll "take care of you myself."https://t.co/AGRMrDBMGa— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 5, 2018
Jones walked up to Rubio mid-interview to ask about social media companies' bias against conservatives, an issue he has repeatedly promoted and President Donald Trump has tweeted about. Rubio initially brushed him off saying: "My broader concerns is about what foreign governments are trying to do in elections."
Jones pressed his case while Rubio continued to speak to the CNBC reporter. "He's not answering," Jones said of the senator. "He's a weird one," Rubio responded. Rubio then he said he didn't know who Jones was. "Is that a heckler? I don't know who you are, man. I don't know your website." Jones snapped back: "That's why you didn't get elected. You're snake-like. Marco Rubio is a snake. A little frat boy there."
"Alright man, who are you? I swear to God, I don't know who you are," Rubio questioned. "InfoWars," a reporter tells Rubio. Jones chimed in: "He knows who InfoWars is," and he then pat Rubio on the shoulder. Rubio flinched and shouted: "Get your hand off. Don't touch me again, man. I'm asking you not to touch me."
Jones asked if Rubio was going to get him arrested and Rubio replied saying that he'd take care of Jones himself. "I don't know who you are, man. You're not going to get arrested. I'll take care of you myself," he said.
Jones responded: "Oh, he'll beat me up." "I didn't say that." Rubio laughs.
"You're not going to silence me," Jones said. "You are literally like a gangster thug. Rubio just literally threatened to take care of me."
Rubio concluded talking to reporters and said he had to return to the hearing, adding; "You guys can talk to this clown." "Go back to your bathhouse," Jones yelled.
Google, Facebook, Spotify, and Apple banned Jones from their platforms. Earlier in August, Twitter banned Jones and his website InfoWars from tweeting for seven days, saying their tweets violated company’s rules against abusive behavior.
Jones, an avid Trump supporter, appealed directly to the president to put an end to 'censorship' after his content was pulled.
Since then, Trump has tweeted multiple times about the issue, including on August 18 when he accused social media of "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices" and saying, "We won't let that happen."