Lawyer Says InfoWars Host Alex Jones Is A 'Performance Artist'
- Author: Annette Adams Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 0:44
InfoWars host Alex Jones is a conspiracy-minded lunatic who screams and wails and does everything short of ripping his hair out every day in order to pull in ratings.
But the radio host is now locked in a custody dispute forcing his lawyers into an argument that surely won't please Jones' many followers: The attorneys say his on-air persona is largely an act, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Wilhite, in fact, told District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that judging Jones on his rhetoric for the custody case would be like judging Jack Nicholson as if he were actually the Joker from Batman.
That said, Jones has become a notable figure in conservative media, and if his own attorney describes his client as "a performance artist" - effectively characterizing Jones' freakish persona as a fictional "character" - that's an important acknowledgement for the public to be aware of. Her legal team got permission from the judge to play certain clips from the show during the trial as part of their argument that he's not fit to be a parent.
Jones pays $43,000 a month to Kelly Jones, whom he divorced in 2015, the newspaper reported.
Whereas Kelly points toward recent Infowars episodes that feature Jones challenging Alec Baldwin to a fight and unleashing a profane, unglued rant against Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff as proof that he's not all there. "He's a way greater person than I was at 12", Alex Jones said to his son in the video.
"He broadcasts from home", she added.
"He wants J Lo to get raped", Kelly Jones said in court, according to the American-Statesman. But his lawyer says this media presence is a persona and not the real Alex Jones. That led to a gunman from North Carolina visiting the restaurant last December, saying he wanted to investigate Jones's bogus claim.
An unabashed supporter of Trump, Jones recently criticized the candidate for ordering a missile strike on a Syrian government airfield, claiming that the chemical weapons attack launching by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that preceded it was a "false-flag" committed by his opposition.
"He's not a stable person", Kelly said. In one from 2015, he told his then-12-year-old son that "you're a good little knight who's going to grow up, I know, to be a great fighter against the enemy".
Millions of people watch Alex Jones, and certainly seem to believe him.