GOP lawmaker regrets appearing on Alex Jones's radio show

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP Mueller critic says Flynn contacted him during special counsel probe: report 2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (R-Fla.) on Wednesday said he regrets his appearance on a radio show hosted by Infowars founder Alex Jones.

“I would not go back on Alex Jones’s show,” Gaetz told Hill.TV co-hosts Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on “Rising.”

“Upon further reflection, I think the things that Alex Jones has said and done are so hurtful to so many people that a member of Congress should not grace that platform and legitimize it,” Gaetz added.

Jones's Infowars website is known for promoting conspiracy theories, including one that says the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax. That prompted families of Sandy Hook victims to file lawsuits against Jones in April and May.

Gaetz appeared on Jones’s show in January to discuss a then-classified memo by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHouse Intelligence enjoys breakthrough with Justice Department House Intel postpones enforcement action after DOJ offer to share some Mueller files Roger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI MORE (R-Calif.). The controversial memo accused the FBI of improperly using surveillance tools to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016.

Infowars came under renewed scrutiny recently after Facebook faced backlash over conspiracy sites on its social media platform.

— Tess Bonn