Paul Joseph Watson is an English YouTuber and political activist who first gained fame for being an editor for Alex Jones’ website InfoWars.
He was born on May 24, 1982, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, the United Kingdom.
Watson grew up on a council estate there. He once said:
”I grew up on a council estate and never had any money so I guess the primary drive was to just be able to support myself.”
Paul also said:
”Then it gradually developed into an all-encompassing effort to force the world into acknowledging my existence.”
While he was a teenager, Watson started to read the work of David Icke, an English professional conspiracy theorist. During an interview, Joseph declared:
“Don’t tell Alex [Jones] it was actually David Icke that woke me up.”
At age 20, he started to work with Alex Jones as a video creator for PrisonPlanet.com as well as an editor-at-large for InfoWars.com.
As editor-at-large of InfoWars, Watson helped advocate conspiracy theories and fake stories, like:
- President Donald Trump allowing a black woman to live in Trump Tower for free for 8 years;
- the New World Order;
- President Barack Obama grabbing Melania Trump’s butt;
- the chemtrail conspiracy theory;
- the Virginia Tech shooting;
- the claim 9/11 was a government cover-up;
- the Oklahoma City bombing.
He also started his own news/commentary website, named – ”Summit News.”
On June 16, 2018, Paul announced that he had joined the UK Independence Party. a right-wing populist political party in the UK.
Watson started his YouTube channel on July 5, 2011. The channel has over 1.75 million subscribers and more than 422 million views.
Paul wrote that his channel is about “controversy, culture, and contrarianism.”
During a recent interview, Joseph said about his channel:
”Why do my YouTube videos get millions of views even though it’s just some ranty Northerner sat in front of a world map behind a webcam?”
”It’s because people are desperately searching for an alternative.”
Facebook & Instagram Ban
In 2019, Facebook and Instagram banned Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Nehlen, Louis Farrakhan, InfoWars, Alex Jones, and Watson.
“This is political censorship. This is the purge.”
According to BBC, Facebook stated:
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology.”
The company added:
“The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Southern Poverty Law Centre, one of the most prominent civil rights organizations in the US, has publicly admitted it was behind the censorship.
“The Southern Poverty Law Centre is not a fact-checker, it’s a hyper-partisan political attack dog which solely exists to demonize its ideological adversaries.”
Paul Joseph Watson is very private about his romantical life and he only mentioned once a mysterious longtime girlfriend.
Paul is 6′ 2″ (1.88 m) tall.
”We’ve entered the territory where mere accusation alone is enough to sink someone’s political career, whether it’s true or not.”
”Does it matter whether or not it was a false flag given how funny it is?”
”Pokemon brings millennials out of their natural environment – their parents’ basements.”
In 2016, Watson was a promoter of the allegations Hillary Clinton suffered from several serious medical conditions. He said:
”I knew before I even made that video that it would be a game-changer, and it was.”
He has collaborated with Tommy Robinson (a former Rebel Media employee and a far-right activist) to produce videos that portrayed Muslims as a threat to European culture.
According to Newsweek, Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks, a group that tracks Islamaphobic rhetoric and hate crimes, Paul has established himself as one of the biggest social media influencers regarding anti-Muslim content.
Iman Atta, the director of Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks, declared:
“Paul Joseph Watson has become ‘the’ nexus for anti-Muslim accounts that we have mapped.”
In 2017, Watson attacked the BBC for “portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse.”
During the 2015-2016 US presidential campaign, Paul became a vocal opponent to Donald Trump’s candidacy.
Since then, Donald Trump has retweeted him on a few occasions. Also, Donald Trump Jr. (Donald Trump’s son) has retweeted Joseph dozens of times.
During Ask Me Anything on Reddit, Alex Jones said that he’s “talked to some of the senior Trump people” and they have told him:
“’Hey, we like you, but we really want Paul Watson.’”
During a 2019 video uploaded on PragerU‘s YouTube channel, Paul said:
“I hate conspiracy theories. I think most of them are really dumb. I was a conspiracy theorist when I was a kid, like 15 years ago.”
In 2012, he supported Ron Paul in the U.S. presidential election.
Joseph has claimed that “Malmö is known as ‘Sweden’s Chicago’” due to mass immigration into Nordic countries. In February 2017, Paul donated $2,000 to a journalist to visit the crime-ridden migrant suburbs of Malmö.
Paul Joseph Watson – Net Worth
Watson earns most of his wealth from being part of InfoWars.com and PrisonPlanet.com. He also receives money from ads on his YouTube channel. His 422 million views on YouTube means around $844,000 in revenue. Therefore, Paul Joseph Watson has an estimated net worth of $0.8 million.