ALASKA, Alaska — “A true leader.”
That’s the motto that Alex Jones told the crowd gathered at his home in the mountains of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands as he spoke to a packed room of people and a handful of journalists and volunteers, in a speech that has gone viral online.
A native of Texas who grew up in a ranching family, Jones’ work has taken him all over the world and into many different political and social groups.
In Alaska, he says, he is a leader who believes in the values of his people and his nation.
His life-long dream is to help others see their own lives as a struggle for freedom and justice, and to help them find their place in the world, he said.
He has a message for the current administration in Washington: “You have your people in power, you have your lies, and you have the people who love the American dream.
Let’s get them to understand that you are the greatest nation on Earth.”
As he told the gathering, “You’re on the way to becoming the most dangerous nation in the history of the world.
You’re on your way to creating a world where we are all slaves to the greed of the global bankers.””
You’re going to become the greatest country on Earth,” Jones told a crowd of about 30 people in his home.
“You will be the greatest threat to our freedom.
You will be taking our land and our resources away.
And you will be robbing our children of the future they so desperately want.”
Jones said the next time he saw President Donald Trump, he would tell him to be the first to admit he’s wrong.
“If he is the first president to admit, ‘I’m wrong,’ he should be the last president to be so arrogant,” he said, before a video of him speaking began to play.
“And the next day, he will say, ‘Look, I was wrong.'”
The crowd, at least a few of whom were wearing the red-and-white shirts worn by the Alaska National Guard, erupted in cheers.
Jones, who was accompanied by a small group of other activists, told the story of a time when he went to a local grocery store and saw the checkout people carrying a large pile of cash in their shopping cart.
They were carrying more than $1 million worth of food.
“I thought to myself, I’m going to have to start buying some food, because I’m just going to be starving,” he told them.
“They’re not going to pay me,” Jones said.
“They’re going charge me $1,000 for the cash.
I had to get out of the store.
I told them to go away.”
He was wrong.
“The next day I went to the bank and paid out $1.7 million,” he recalled.
“I told them I didn’t want to get involved in politics.
I just wanted to buy food.
They went and bought some more food for me, and I got back $300,000 in food.”
When he was president, Jones said, he was given a $25 million bonus.
He said he spent the money on a yacht in Hawaii.
He took $200,000 from the federal government to pay off the mortgages on his house.
He also made $1 billion in charitable donations, including giving away $250,000 worth of his yacht.
“This country is going to hell in a handbasket, I promise you,” he joked.
“When you see the people you’re talking to and the things you’re saying, it’s a lot to take in,” he continued.
“But that’s the kind of leader we need.”
As the crowd applauded, Jones told them, “We need a president who will say it’s OK to be wrong.
It’s OK not to be right.
It is OK not believe what you see.
It would be a great start to helping our people.”
Jones has made his views known before, and his followers are watching to see if he will make the same promise.
And, as it stands, Trump has a very different set of priorities than the current president, who has promised to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall on the Mexican border, deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants and end birthright citizenship.
“Trump will say whatever it takes to get his agenda through,” said Alex Jones, a member of the National Guard.
“He’s not afraid to say what he thinks.
He’ll say anything.
That’s why we need a leader like him in Washington.”CNN’s John Santucci contributed to this report.