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"I wonder why Rubio got so mad at me and threatened me physically", Jones said. The confrontation quickly escalated as Rubio insisted that he didn't know who Jones was and Jones spoke over the senator's comments to reporters.
Ultimately, Rubio left to go back to the hearing while reporters asked Jones some questions.
"I don't know who you are, man", an exasperated Rubio said. "I swear to God I don't know who you are, man".
"Oh, he'll beat me up", Jones replied before calling him a "little gangster thug". The online broadcaster then went to touch the senator on the shoulder, and Rubio recoiled.
Twitter is one of the few social media networks that has allowed Jones and his InfoWars website to keep publishing on its platform.
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"Look at this little frat boy, he's so cool".
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones became a sideshow outside two congressional hearings Wednesday, insulting Florida Sen. In recent weeks, Jones has seen his content removed from platforms belonging to Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube for spreading conspiracy theories.
The "Infowars" host stormed around Capitol Hill for hours, streaming appearances of himself on Twitter and Facebook outside the hearings where social media executives were testifying. A Texas judge recently denied Jones' motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against him by the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
Jones has railed against the bans, claiming tech companies are censoring him.
Rubio warned, "You're not gonna get arrested".
Family members of some of the victims are suing Jones for defamation.
Rubio returned to the committee and told reporters "you guys can talk to this clown", referring to Jones.
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