Radio host from Austin rallies demonstrators with full-throated denunciation of the global elite
"Alex, what's next?" one protester repeatedly yelled.
"God bless you, Alex," said a number of others, as they stood outside a service entrance to a heavily guarded Marriott.
The object of their adoration was Alex Jones, an Austin, Texas-based radio host and counter-culture icon. A stout man with close-cropped hair, Jones was dressed in denim, his temples soaked with sweat.
Throughout the morning black sedans and SUVs would leave the property amid jeers from the crowd. The passengers, the demonstrators believed, were members of an international elite intent on establishing a "new world order".
Police had confined the protesters to patches of grass on either side of the entrance, and at one point prevented anyone from crossing one side to the other. Then Jones arrived.
"Get 'em, Alex," said one woman, as Jones made a beeline for the police. Surrounded by his media crew – who live-streamed every moment with their cell phones – Jones spoke to the officers. Moments later he managed to cross the street, with dozens of his supporters behind him.
The protesters saw the achievement as a victory, cheering, chanting and pumping their fists in the air.
Jones quickly took control of the situation, using his unmistakable voice– amplified by a megaphone – to launch into a full-throated denunciation of the global elite, the erosion of rights and liberty, and the establishment of federal "reeducation camps".