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Did Alex Jones Really Save Kids? Analysis of Viral Video Where He Stops Car

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a man holding a gun: InfoWars host Alex Jones protests against 2020 Women's March on January 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. Questions have been raised over a video in Jones stops a car full of children with no seat belts from driving away. © Zach Gibson/Getty Images InfoWars host Alex Jones protests against 2020 Women's March on January 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. Questions have been raised over a video in Jones stops a car full of children with no seat belts from driving away.

Questions have been raised over a video in which conspiracy theorist Alex Jones stops a car full of children reportedly not wearing seatbelts from driving away.

A clip of the video has been viewed more than one million on Twitter, with the full version attracting 1.5 million views on the Banned.video hosting site, which is operated by Jones' Infowars.

During the video, Jones and other members of the Infowars team claim that migrant children from a processing camp in Donna, Texas, are being taken to a COVID processing center in McAllen before the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley provides them with debit cards containing $1,200, before they are "released into the United States into a destination or city of their choice."

The clip then shows a man wearing a "staff" T-shirt outside the Catholic Charities center in McAllen placing five children and one female adult into the back of a hatchback car.

Jones and other members of the Infowars team, as well as conservative commentator Drew Hernandez, then question the man about why there are no seatbelts or proper car seats in the back of the vehicle for the children.

As the man attempts to drive away, Jones steps in front it and yells "you've got those children in there illegally," accusing the driver of "smuggling" the children.

Another man then questions the driver about if he is connected to the charity, while repeatedly asking him where he is taking the children.

The camera later pans to the back of the car to show how one small child is sitting on the lap of the adult female.

Jones and the men continue to yell at the driver for not having protection for the children in the back while trying to ascertain where they will be taken to.

A police officer then arrives at the scene to speak to the driver and asks for his I.D.

Jones continues to accuse the man of taking part in "human smuggling" after police arrive.

The clip ends with children and the woman, who the driver says is the mother of at least one of the children, exiting the vehicle. It is unclear what happened to the children after they got out of the vehicle.

The video has sparked discussion on social media, including many who dismissed the incident as a stunt. Others also noted how you cannot take the word of arguably the most famous conspiracy theorist in the world at face value.

While the video also does not show any real evidence that the children were victims of "smuggling," as Jones repeatedly claims, social media users have praised Jones for apparently stopping such an operation on camera.

Others have suggested that if the video is genuine, Jones should at least be applauded for preventing the car full of children from driving away.

Conservative comedian Tim Young tweeted: "I definitely didn't have Alex Jones legitimately throwing himself in front of a van to rescue kids being smuggled on my 2021 bingo card. You may not like him, but it's an important video to see."

Kimberly Klacik, the Republican nominee for Maryland's 7th congressional, said: "Alex Jones saving children from human trafficking is the best thing I've seen all year."

YouTuber Keemstar tweeted to his 2.8 million followers: "If Alex Jones really saved these children he deserves some praise!"

Robby Starbuck, a music video director and Republican candidate for Congress from Tennessee, wrote: "Even if you hate Alex Jones I urge you to watch this clip because it reveals an incredibly important fact about our border crisis. Kids are smuggled in, vulnerable to traffickers, treated like dirt and funneled through a system where cartels, private orgs + traffickers profit."

However, others still said they can't trust the conspiracy theorist, who has been banned from virtually all social media and tech platforms for spreading misinformation.

In 2017, Jones' own attorney said in court that the Infowars host is "playing a character" and claims of his such as the Sandy Hook school shooting being a hoax shouldn't be taken seriously.

Digital media executive Phil Ranat tweeted: "Alex Jones stopping a child smuggler is about as real as YouTube gold digger pranks."

Former New York congressional candidate Tom Hillgardner added: "Performance Artist Alex Jones is pretending he is stopping child trafficking and human smuggling 'at' the Border when, at best, he is uncovering a seat belt violation."

Catholic Charities and the McAllen Police Department have been contacted for comment.

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