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Alex Jones’ ongoing performance art piece about cognitive dissonance and toxic masculinity has taken an interesting new turn, as Jones now claims that the president’s Diet Coke habit is dangerous—and not just because thin people don’t drink it. Namely, Jones’ new thing is that the “deep state” is drugging Donald Trump’s daily iced teas and Diet Cokes to dull the otherwise dangerously powerful thrust of the president’s masculine intellect.

In Jones’ mind, of course Trump’s body and mind couldn’t be breaking down before our very eyes, because that would call Jones’ own barrel-chested Übermensch status into question. (He also believes Trump doesn’t drink and “certainly does not do drugs,” which—sure.) Here’s the gist of Jones’ rambling monologue about it on his show yesterday:

It’s known that most presidents end up getting drugged ... Trump’s such a bull he hasn’t fully understood it yet. But I’ve talked to people, multiple ones, and they believe that they are putting a slow sedative that they’re building up that’s also addictive in his Diet Cokes and in his iced tea and that the president by 6 or 7 at night is basically slurring his words and is drugged. Now first they had to isolate him to do that ... So notice, “Oh, he’s mentally ill. Oh, he’s got Alzheimer’s.” ... The president’s about two months into being covertly drugged. Now I’m risking my life, by the way, tell you all this. I was physically sick before I went on air. Because I’m smart.


Jones followed this up with an interview with self-proclaimed “political insider” Roger Stone, who echoed Jones’ concerns that Trump is being drugged and citing sources from inside the failing lie factory at The New York Times who told him Trump “seemed disoriented and was slurring his speech in conversations.” He added, “to me this is a tip off that he may be being medicated.” The culprit? “Is General [John] Kelly above this? No,” according to Stone.

Trump’s virility and perfect health is a sticking point for die-hard loyalists like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who recently said Trump has “perfect genes” in an interview with Axios. Trump’s personal physician has also played a major role in perpetuating this narrative, releasing a letter calling the then-candidate’s health “astonishingly excellent” last year. So desperate are they to maintain their belief that Caucasians are a master race and Trump its divinely appointed leader, they’ve made Trump the Rocky to their Frank N. Furter when even the Pope can’t help commenting that he’s getting a bit soft. It’s pretty sad. But what else are they going to do, point to Steve Bannon?

[via Salon]

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