Marco Rubio to Alex Jones of InfoWars: ‘Don’t touch me’

Sen. Marco Rubio got into a spat with personality Alex Jones on Wednesday

He was on the hill attending a Senate hearing in which Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are testifying about foreign influences on social media practices.

Neither Jones nor Infowars actually earned a mention inside the Senate's hearing room, as lawmakers debated how to combat the influence of foreign powers like Russian Federation to influence the American political process. And he made quite the statement to Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

"Hey, don't touch me again, man". After attempting to ignore Jones, Rubio told him, "I don't know who you are, man". "I'll take care of [it] myself".

"Marco Rubio the snake", Jones replied.

"But I don't wanna be touched; I don't know who you are", Rubio repeated.

"You are a little gangster thug", Jones said.

Rubio was in the midst of talking about the same thing he focused on inside the hearing room, i.e. social media sites needed to maintain a commitment to free expression to prevent authoritarian governments from using them to stifle internal dissent.

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For the next three minutes, the one-time presidential candidate was inches away from Jones as Jones shouted insults and interrupted Rubio as he tried to answer questions. Jones kept jawing at him until Rubio took the bait, blurting out. Jones retorts, "Look at this little frat boy".

InfoWars' Alex Jones aggressively confronted Sen. Jones' show has been banned on a number of platforms. Twitter banned accounts from him and Infowars for seven days last month because of a tweet that violated the social media company's rules against abusive behaviour. 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.

During the testimony before the Senate committee that morning, Facebook and Twitter executives say they agree with Congress that strengthening privacy protections for their users is a "national security priority".

Jones then patted Rubio on the shoulder.

"That's why you didn't get elected".

Rubio eventually ended the gaggle to return to committee, leaving the reporters to "talk to this clown".

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