Alex Jones joins armed protest in US amid Donald Trump’s ‘stolen election’ claim

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones addressed a crowd of hundreds in the US, many of whom were armed, as Donald Trump supporters continue to protest over what the incumbent president has claimed is a "stolen" election.

Mr Jones could be seen leading a crowd in the battleground state of Arizona with chants of "count the votes" – in stark contrast to other states where Trump supporters have called for officials to stop counting.

Addressing the group at Maricopa County voting centre in Phoenix on Thursday night, the Infowars founder repeated Mr Trump's unfounded allegation that "big tech" has conspired to "silence us".

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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 4: Election challengers demand to enter to observe the absentee ballots counting but were dined after the room reached capacity during the 2020 general election in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
An elections worker rubs his head in the closing hours where absentee ballots were processed at the central counting board, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Election challengers yell as they look through the windows of the central counting board as police were helping to keep additional challengers from entering due to overcrowding, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Police block off traffic at the entrance to the central counting board where ballots in the general election are counted in the city at the tcf Center in Detroit, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Election challengers, left, wait outside after an election official, right, closed the door to the central counting board, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Detroit. Officials were saying the challenger quotas were met by Republicans, Democrats and Independent observers. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Betsy Camardo, who supports Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, holds a sign outside the central counting board where ballots in the general election are counted in the city at the TCF Center in Detroit, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Absentee ballots are processed at the central counting board, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Biden supporter Maceo Rhodes, left, debates with Trump supporter Bill Boring outside the central counting board where ballots in the general election are counted in the city at the TCF Center in Detroit, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
People attend a rally calling for every vote to be counted from yesterday's general election near the Detroit Department of Elections building in Detroit, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Dorothy Hawkins, from left, Nia Winston and Zinnia Patcas, supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, look on their phones as news breaks that Wisconsin is called for Biden during a rally calling for very cote to be counted near the Detroit Department of Elections building in Detroit, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 04: Pro-President Donald Trump and pro-Joe Biden protesters argue outside the TCF Center as votes continue to be counted on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. With ballots still being counted in Michigan, the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit to temporarily stop the counting until the campaign can gain "meaningful access" to the processing. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)
Protesters hold "Count every vote" signs outside of the TCF center where ballots are being counted in downtown Detroit, Michigan on November 4,2020. - Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden on November 4 neared the magic number of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House with several battleground states still in play, as incumbent President Donald Trump challenged the vote count. (Photo by SETH HERALD / AFP) (Photo by SETH HERALD/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather outside TCF Center where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted, on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. - Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden on November 4 neared the magic number of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House with several battleground states still in play, as incumbent President Donald Trump challenged the vote count. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 04: A police officer separates protesters after an altercation erupted outside of the TCF center in Detroit as votes continue to be counted inside on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. With ballots still being counted in Michigan, the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit to temporarily stop the counting until the campaign can gain "meaningful access" to the processing. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gesture and chant slogans as they gather outside the room where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted at TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. - Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden on November 4 neared the magic number of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House with several battleground states still in play, as incumbent President Donald Trump challenged the vote count. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
A police officer gestures to supporters of US President Donald Trump gathered outside the room where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted at TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. - Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden on November 4 neared the magic number of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House with several battleground states still in play, as incumbent President Donald Trump challenged the vote count. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gesture and chant slogans as they gather outside the room where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted at TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. - Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden on November 4 neared the magic number of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House with several battleground states still in play, as incumbent President Donald Trump challenged the vote count. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump pause for prayer during a rally outside the Maricopa County Recorders Office, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally outside the Maricopa County Recorder's Office, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
President Donald Trump supporters rally, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, outside the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
President Donald Trump supporters kneel as they rally, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, outside the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
President Trump supporters gather for a voters rights rally, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, at the Capitol in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 04: President Donald Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on November 4, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The rally was organized after yesterday's vote narrowly turned for Democrats in the presidential and senate races. (Photo by Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 04: President Donald Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on November 4, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The rally was organized after yesterday's vote narrowly turned for Democrats in the presidential and senate races. (Photo by Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 04: President Donald Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on November 4, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The rally was organized after yesterday's vote narrowly turned for Democrats in the presidential and senate races. (Photo by Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
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He was then accused of inciting violence as he shouted to loud cheers: "We don't know how this is gonna end, but if they want a fight, they've got one."

Mr Jones has been banned in recent years from major social networks for promoting misinformation, and is known for wild conspiracy theories about globalism and billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Witness Kurt Feil, 36, told the PA news agency: "I arrived there a little after 7 and it was already a huge crowd, easily 100-200 people.

"What was really striking to me when I arrived was just how many of the people that were there were armed."

Mr Feil, an insurance worker, said he at no point felt personally threatened, but added that "any one dumb thing is all that it would have taken" to set off something dangerous given the number of firearms present.

"It could be anything that jars a crowd and makes somebody do something that they're gonna live with for the rest of their life," he said.

Mr Trump's supporters in Arizona have expressed anger that media outlets, including the conservative Fox News, called the state in Democrat Joe Biden's favour when counting was ongoing on Wednesday.

The demonstrations were in stark contrast to several other states where Republican supporters – encouraged by Mr Trump's own false claims – want counting to stop due to alleged "illegal" mail-in ballots.

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