Alex Jones’s lawyer in his child custody battle said the unhinged conspiracy monger his client plays on Infowars is nothing but an act.
The Austin American Statesman reports:
At a recent pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.”
“He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”
Jones is currently fighting for child custody with his ex-wife, Kelly. The pair divorced in 2015. But Kelly wants full custody of their children, saying that her ex-husband is an unfit parent.
As proof, she cites Alex Jones’s on-air statements and behavior. “He’s not a stable person,” she said, quoted in the Statesman. “He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck. He wants J-Lo to get raped.”
She added, “I’m concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress.”
Recently, Jones went into a homophobic rant against Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), a critic of Donald Trump.
Jones said he’s “not against gay people,” but then went on to say the following about Schiff:
He looks like the archetypal cocksucker with those little deer-in-the-headlight eyes and all his stuff. And there’s something about this fairy, hopping around, bossing everybody around, trying to intimidate people like me and you.
Jones was also a major promoter of the Pizzagate hoax, a widely-discredited conspiracy theory alleging that a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant owned by a gay man was secretly a front for a child sex trafficking ring. One Pizzagate believer took the story so seriously that he showed up to the restaurant with a gun to investigate. No one died, fortunately.
If Jones is just a performance artist and doesn’t believe in his conspiracy theories, then his behavior is especially disturbing. There’s nothing inherently wrong with hoaxes, pranks and conspiracy theories—they can be entertaining. But Jones has hurt people. He put an innocent pizza shop owner in danger. And his allegation that the Sandy Hoax shooting was all faked has resulted in the victims’ grieving parents being harassed.