Alex Jones made his triumphant return to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast recently, where he discussed Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and his arch-nemesis, George Soros, among other things.
Jones suggested that Soros had reached out to him via intermediaries in an attempt to cool the Infowars founder’s constant attacks on him. Part of the deal, according to Jones, meant agreeing to advertise, or in Jones’ words, ‘pump’ Bitcoin.
ALEX JONES OFFERED MILLIONS TO PUMP BITCOIN PRICE
On episode #1255 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Alex Jones told his host:
“I got told eight years ago – I got told by two different people, two very well known rich people, they said: ‘George Soros likes you. He wants to work with you… [as does] Alexander Soros… you just need to stop attacking him… and by the way, we want you to pump Bitcoin.’”
Jones said he was offered payment not in dollars or fiat, but in BTC. He claims the sum huge was offered would have been worth $38 million during the all-time high. He said:
“I got offered at the time about five million dollars worth of Bitcoin – I think it was about $38 million by the time it got there (the peak), and I refused it.”
Despite these dirty dealings that Jones claims to have been a part of, he hasn’t been put completely off the idea of cryptocurrency in general:
“I believe in cryptocurrencies. I believe it’s the future. We have a private federal reserve that’s all fiat – I’m not judging anybody, I’m just saying: be careful.”
NOT HIS FIRST CRYPTO RODEO
This isn’t the first time Jones has given his opinion on Bitcoin, and cryptocurrency in general. For crypto enthusiasts, Jones’ interview with ‘Bitcoin Jesus’ Roger Ver should be considered essential viewing:
CRYPTO IS THE FUTURE… BUT BEWARE PACKAGED GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS
His frequent discussions with Peter Schiff have also resulted in some interesting conversations, and it was during one of these that Jones first revealed he had been offered money to advertise cryptocurrency.
Jones claimed he was being offered $1 million a month to promote cryptocurrencies at the height of what he regards as a Ponzi scheme. He says he took this as a sign that the bottom was about to collapse:
“…That means they’re about to dump it… They’re pulling their money out of the Ponzi scheme, and they wanna bring in all the new suckers with the big advertising push to prop it up. So it collapses months later, and they don’t get the blame for pulling their money out – which is the crime – when they know it’s going down. It’s called a pump and dump!”
Jones’ overall take on cryptocurrency remains nuanced. He seems to realize the technology’s potential, however, he naturally distrusts anything that comes packaged as a grassroots movement. He said:
“And I don’t say crypto itself is bad, but I knew it had been pushed by the establishment. It was being put out as a global currency, but [also] as anti-establishment to get folks to adopt it. Only way you can get the grass roots to do it is to act like its anti-establishment.”
MEME KING, WITH A ROLE TO PLAY IN BITCOIN ADOPTION
At this point, Alex Jones is dangerously close to becoming an ingrained part of the lore of the cryptocurrency community. When he was banned from multiple social media and payment platforms last fall, I actually assumed he would have made the big push into cryptocurrency at the time.
That push didn’t materialize, however Jones’ irascible independence still makes him a perfect fit for Bitcoin, or cryptocurrency overall. If he did decide to run with cryptocurrency, his millions of monthly listeners on Infowars could yet provide a substantial influx of users to the space in general.