Megyn Kelly has come under fire for her decision to interview InfoWars host Alex Jones on her show.
Kelly's interview with Jones was criticized on social media by Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who called attention to Jones spreading a conspiracy regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, The Hill reports.
Jones has said that the 2012 mass shooting carried out by Adam Lanza, which left 26 people, including 20 children, dead, did not happen, according to the Independent. Jones once said that the children killed in the massacre were actors.
"There is no justification for amplifying lies (or a liar)," Chelsea tweeted about the interview. "Particularly about unimaginable tragedy. I hope no parent, no person watches this."
A parent whose child died in the massacre also responded to Kelly. Melba Marquez-Greene lost her daughter Ana Grace in the shooting. The mother responded to a tweet in which Kelly said that the interview with Jones was "riveting."
"I promise you it's not riveting," tweeted Marquez-Greene. "How would you feel if someone shot your kids, some fool said it wasn't true -- and I gave him a show?"
"I never imaged losing a child to gun violence and being involved in something like this," she added. "By making this choice, you grieve our hearts and the memory of our child. You have a powerful platform. I encourage you to 'shine light' on affirming the losses suffered here -- NOT on a person who mocks those losses."
In a preview (below) for the interview, which will air June 18, Kelly asks Jones about his claims about the shooting.
"When you say parents faked their children's deaths, people get upset," Kelly asks.
"But they don't get angry about half-a-million dead Iraqis killed by sanctions," replies Jones, which Kelly calls "a dodge."
"I looked at all the angles about Newtown, I made my statement before the other media picked it up," Jones responds.
The family of Vicki Soto, a teacher killed in the shooting, said they were "disgusted and disappointed" by Kelly's decision to air the interview with Jones.
"Alex and his followers have done nothing but make our lives a living hell for the last four-and-a-half," said the family in a Facebook post. "This incessant need for ratings at the cost of the emotional well-being of our family is disgusting and disappointing. You should be ashamed of yourselves for allowing this behavior."
"Any time you give someone like Alex Jones a platform, their followers will double-down or increase their attack on grieving families," Marquez-Green said, adding she worried the interview with Jones would galvanize conspiracy theorists who had harassed her family.
"You can't just put him in a box and say he's just a character. He’s really hurting people," said the mother.