When I arrived, around 5:00 pm, the room was thick with cigarette smoke and country rock music blared over the speakers.
Banners were waved and speakers were both cheered and jeered—opponents commonly turned up to heckle.
None of the other speakers, however, demonstrated the sheer rage of conspiracy theorist and syndicated radio host Alex Jones.
c.1300, "one who speaks," agent noun from speak (v.). First applied to "person who presides over an assembly" c.1400, from Anglo-French (late 14c.). In reference to the English Parliament, Sir Thomas de Hungerford apparently was the first.