Petition for Alex Jones to Get White House Credentials Goes Viral
Calls for Infowars founder to be seated next to CNN's Jim Acosta
A petition calling for Infowars founder Alex Jones to be granted White House press credentials is quickly racking up signatures.
The online appeal has gone viral and comes in the aftermath of CNN's Jim Acosta losing his press pass over his appalling behavior during a Q&A with President Trump, before later winning it back again, if only temporarily.
The petition is calling for controversial Jones to have the same access to media briefings while also be seated next to the CNN reporter during press conferences.
Love or hate Jones, both him and Acosta are “showboats,” so if it is OK for the disgraced CNN reporter to be there, there is no real reason for the Infowars host to not be there too.
According to Western Journal, for some, their “big egos” competing for answers, attention, and headlines could turn the whole thing into a circus.
But, could that also get Acosta evicted, again? Could Jones be the perfect “trigger” to rid the White House of Acosta for once and for all?
The petition was posted on the White House’s official petition website. It was started by someone identified only as “T.S.” on Nov. 17.
It reads simply:
“Alex Jones’ first amendment rights are being violated everyday he does not have White House press credentials.
THIS IS AMERICA!
Let Alex Jones have press credentials and a permanent seat next to Jim Acosta!”
Officially, 100,000 signatures are required for a response from the White House.
By Monday morning, it had already amassed more than 40,000 signatures for the cause.
The petition has already gotten attention on social media and by some media outlets.
A separate and less popular petition posted on Change.org, asking for the exact same thing.
Bwa-haha! I love it!!! Sign the White House petition to get Alex Jones a press credential and have him seated next to Jim Acosta... https://t.co/HS0ANZfm1q— Chad Lawless-O'Hare (@thechadlawless) November 20, 2018
The Washington Times noted that the petition on the White House website will have 30 days from creation, so approximately three more weeks, to amass the requisite 100,000 signature total.
However, that is not a guarantee of a response as there are other petitions that have hit the goal and still not gotten one.
Jones’ InfoWars platform gets millions of viewers monthly and even censorship actions against it didn’t kill it.
In fact, the opposite happened, so in terms of him being at pressers at all, he has the numbers to justify it.
And for the “Dear Diary,” Acosta-trolling fans, a field day could be had with all the tweets they could create from what could be a regular litany of complaints from Acosta due to being parked next to Jones.
And given how “passionate” and “emotional” Jones can be, would he engage with Acosta, when the latter plays activist rather than journalist during the briefings?
Dear diary,— The Dude (@IngletuckyBob) November 16, 2018
I’m really torn. @MichaelAvenatti was arrested for beating a woman, but he’s on the right side. I think I’ll look the other way, you know... for the greater good, and just yell at @realDonaldTrump.
Dear Diary, thanks to the judge, I get to go Heckle the President and his Press Secretary again! Yay, go me!— christopher (@christo89534741) November 20, 2018
Jones has a loud, booming voice. Could Acosta even ever be heard over him if Jones shouted out questions at the same time?
If Acosta was rude to press secretary Sarah Sanders, would Jones stand up for her and call out Acosta over it?
How would Acosta respond to someone, anyone, calling him out on his bad behavior?
The mind reels with possibilities for such a scenario with Jones and Acosta in pressers together.
Some speculate it was started as a joke, but the petition could be taken seriously, particularly if it garners enough signatures.
And love them or hate them, Jones and Acosta in briefings together could be something interesting to see.