Alex Jones yelled that he was “finished with apologizing” for spreading lies that the Sandy Hook massacre was a “hoax,” as relatives of some of the victims watched in courtroom crying.
The courtroom fell into chaos on Thursday as the right-wing extremist took a stand in his defamation case and refused to admit any responsibility for causing a decade of harassment against the victims’ families.
“I’ve said I’m sorry hundreds of times. And I’m done saying sorry,” he yelled across the courtroom.
The far-right conspiracy theorist — who spent much of the trial mocking the proceedings on his Infowars show — went on to moan that “people think I killed the kids.”
The dramatic scene unfolded when Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for the victims’ families, confronted Mr. Jones with the people he accused of being “crisis actors” almost as soon as their children and loved ones were murdered.
Jurors were shown heartbreaking footage of Robbie Parker speaking to reporters the day after the 2012 massacre.
Parker’s six-year-old daughter, Emilie, was one of 26 students and staff killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.
He swallowed the tears as he paid tribute to his little girl who “made the world a better place” for being in it.
“My daughter Emilie would be one of the first to give all her love and support to the victims,” he said.
“Because that was the type of person she was.”
He told reporters about the last moments he had with Emilie the morning of the massacre.
After the judges looked at the heavy footage, Mattei pointed to Parker in court and asked Jones if “Robbie Parker is real.”
The right-wing extremist admitted “yes” – after years of claiming that the parents of the murder victims were “crisis actors” whose children never even existed.
“For years you’ve put a target on its back, haven’t you?” said Mr. Mattei.
When Mr. Mattei told Mr. Jones that “these are real people,” the Infowars host launched a wild rant about “liberals” and “Iraqis” before asking if he was “in China.”
“Just like all the Iraqis you, liberals, have killed and loved. You are incredible. You switch emotions on and off as you please, it’s just ambulance chase,” he raved.
Mr Mattei told the conspiracy theorist to “show a little respect” when relatives of the victims killed in the 2012 massacre sat in court and heard his tirade.
“You have families in court who have lost children, sisters, wives and mothers,” Mr Mattei said.
Unfazed by the statement, Mr Jones lost his temper and went on the defensive, vowing not to apologize again for the pain he caused.
“Is this a battle session, are we in China? I’ve said I’m sorry hundreds of times and I’m done saying I’m sorry. I didn’t think of this, I wasn’t the first to say it,’ he bellowed.
“I’ve apologized to the parents over and over again, I don’t apologize to you. I make no apologies.”
As Mr. Jones and Mr. Mattei continued to spar with each other, Mr. Jones’s attorney repeatedly yelled “objection” over the uproar.
Judge Barbara Bellis eventually warned both lawyers in a sidebar, before telling Mr Jones to “respect the process” and reminding him that the courtroom is “not your show.”