Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones took his InfoWars persona out of his basement studio and brought it to a park in Austin, Texas, on Monday, where he harassed lifeguards for wearing masks and complained he and his wife were deliberately being excluded.
Jones, who famously threatened Sandy Hook parents by continuing to insist the tragic mass shooting was a hoax, stood maskless outside the Barton Creek greenbelt entrance with a bullhorn and yelled at trail goers and park employees over the city’s reservation system, which he called an “illegal power grab of the people’s greenbelt.”
In a now-viral video of Jones posted Monday, Jones says his wife was denied access to the greenbelt because she did not have a reservation, a new requirement by the city of Austin to limit large gatherings at certain trails and parks during the coronavirus pandemic.
The video shows Jones yelling at park employees, who are seated outside the entrance to check people in.
“Now you guys use your COVID hoax to like set a checkpoint up to take over the parks and start charging?” he asked the masked park employees, most of whom were seated in folding camp chairs at the entrance to the greenbelt. “It’s unconstitutional.”
Local officials had closed the greenbelts as a surge in coronavirus cases threatened to overwhelm the Austin area’s hospital systems. Travis County has seen three weeks of falling numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The greenbelt was reopened this past Saturday, the first time since the July 4th Weekend.