It was an ugly, vicious scene.
“Just like all the Iraqis that you liberals killed,” Jones responded. “You’re unbelievable. You switch on emotions on and off,” he accused, calling Mattei an ambulance chaser.
“Why don’t you show a little respect?” Mattei replied.
“Objection!” Jones’ attorney decried.
“You have families in this courtroom here, that lost children, sisters, wives, moms…” Mattei told Jones.
“Is this a struggle session? Are we in China?” Jones snapped in response, referring to what some call “denunciation rallies,” public humiliation methods from the Maoist period designed to shape public opinion.
“I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times and I’m done saying it,” Jones retorted. “I didn’t regenerate this, I wasn’t the first person to say it.”
“American gun owners didn’t like being blamed for this,” Jones said, referring to the Sandy Hook mass shooting, “as the left did, so we rejected mentally and said it must not be true.”
Jones appeared to be using as a defense that he has the right to “decide” what is or is not fact, based on his political beliefs.
“But I legitimately thought it might have been staged, and I stand by that and don’t apologize for it.”
There is no record of mass shootings in modern America ever having been staged.
“Please don’t apologize” the families’ attorney retorted.
“I’ve already apologized to the parents,” Jones added. “I don’t apologize to you.”
“Objection!” one man yelled.
“You’re going to do it again, aren’t you?” Mattei, the families’ lawyer, challenged Jones with, appearing to suggest Jones will continue to promote conspiracy theories of staged mass shootings again.
On social media rebukes of Jones were strong.
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