Sandy Hook mom blasts Megyn Kelly for upcoming Alex Jones interview

NBC News host Megyn Kelly. –Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File

In the week since Megyn Kelly’s new NBC show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, debuted, she’s broadcast interviews with Russian president Vladimir Putin and Fox broadcaster Erin Andrews. Now many are criticizing Kelly’s upcoming sit-down with radio host and InfoWars founder Alex Jones.

Jones is known for his outlandish conspiracy theories, including that the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was a government conspiracy and was staged using child actors.

“Sandy Hook is a synthetic, completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured [incident],” Jones said on his radio show on Jan. 13, 2015. “I couldn’t believe it at first. I knew they had actors there, clearly, but I thought they killed some real kids. And it just shows how bold they are, that they clearly used actors.”

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When Kelly released a teaser for the Jones interview, which will air on Sunday, Nelba Márquez-Greene, whose daughter Ana was killed in the shooting, posted a series of tweets criticizing the host for giving Jones a platform.

“In @megynkelly ‘s America, cruelty gets u on national TV on Father’s Day,” Márquez-Greene said. “#SandyHook grieving dads will go to the cemetery. #thisisnotnormal”

Márquez-Greene also asked how she was expected to explain the segment to her son, Isaiah, who survived the shootings.

President Donald Trump appeared on Jones’s show on Dec. 2, 2015, praising Jones as having an “amazing reputation,” and vowing, “I will not let you down.” The president also has a history of repeating conspiracy theories seemingly sourced from InfoWars in tweets and speeches. After Kelly posted the teaser of the Jones interview, she responded to other critics, saying that because Jones has earned Trump’s approval, it’s her duty as a journalist to “shine a light” on Jones.

Márquez-Greene did not buy Kelly’s explanation, arguing that interviewing Jones only gives the host a platform for his conspiracy theories and encourages his followers. Márquez-Greene also posted recent messages from Twitter users who accused her of faking her daughter’s death and selling her daughter into human trafficking.

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A representative for NBC could not immediately be reached for comment.

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