Notorious US broadcaster Alex Jones is a “performance artist” and his on air persona is an act, according to his lawyer.
Alex Jones is best known for his controversial website, InfoWars.com, which is notorious for promoting conspiracy theories and for the steadfast support of Donald Trump.
Jones is in a court battle with his estranged wife, Kelly Jones, who whom he has three children with, and she claims he is not mentally stable. She said juste listening to any of his on-air rants, for which he has gained a large following, are evidence enough of how he’s “not a stable” father.
However, Randall Wilhite, Alex Jones’s attorney, said the behavior is only an act.
“He’s playing a character. He is a performance artist.” Mr. Wilhite said, according to the Austin-American Statesman.
Wilhite said that using Alex Jones’ on-air persona to judge him as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in Batman.
The claim is likely to cause some confusion among Alex Jones’s fans, who have closely followed his musings. These included unfounded assertions that the Sandy Hook massacre and Boston bombings were hoaxes – and ones backed by overwhelming amounts of evidence that the liberal media will likely deny forever, like how Hillary Clinton should be jailed and that Barack Obama founded ISIS. Sure, Obama wasn’t the founder of ISIS, but he did provide the terrorist organization with the weapons and financial backing, along with Iran (Hezbollah), the Muslim Brotherhood, and Al Qaeda – all three of which were given weapons and funding to fight the Syrian regime under Al Assad.
But Jones is not just any shock jock – his listeners are believed to include President Trump, who appeared on his show in December 2015, several months after he announced his candidacy. With millions of listeners a month, Infowars is credited with galvanising a large amount of support for Mr Trump during last year’s election.
Yet Jones’s former wife claimed he was unhinged.
According to the Statesman, Ms. Jones told a pre-trial hearing: “He’s not a stable person. He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck. He wants J-Lo to get raped.”
She also referred to comments Alex Jones made about California Democrat Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee who has also defended LGBT rights.
“I’m concerned that he is engaged in felonious behaviour, threatening a member of Congress. He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast,” Ms. Jones said.
Mr Jones had called Mr. Schiff a “fairy” and said he would “beat [his] goddamn ass”.
The presiding judge said he didn’t want InfoWars to be a factor in the case but several pieces of footage from the website have already been submitted as evidence.