Alex Jones has earned a status for being a confrontational conspiracy theorist who routinely shares some deeply odd ideas with his broadcast audience. For most of the American mainstream, watching Jones push some of his most offensive theories – the idea that the Sandy Hook massacre was a staged “false flag” event, for example – gives the impression that he may not be altogether stable.
It’s against this background that Jones finds himself in a legal fight with Kelly Jones, the host’s ex-wife who is seeking custody of their children. Not unexpectedly, she and her attorney are pointing to Alex Jones’ InfoWars content as proof of his unacceptability as a parent.
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The Austin American Statesman reported over the weekend, however, that the host’s lawyer has a precise defense in mind to explain away his client’s over-the-top tirades.
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.” The family’s legal dispute will apparently be decided by a Travis County jury in Texas, and as best as I can tell, it’s a private family matter.
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’ bizarre persona as a fictional “character” – that’s an important acknowledgement for the public to be aware of.
Indeed, not only have Jones’ outlandish conspiracy theories been taken seriously by Republican members of Congress, there’s also Trump’s praise for Jones to consider.
Let’s not forget, for example, that during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Trump appeared on Jones’ show as if the conspiracy theorist were a legitimate broadcaster. Trump precisely told Jones at the time, “Your reputation’s amazing.” It was from this audience of Jones’ that Trump used to build his base for a successful run for the Presidency.
A PERFORMANCE ARTIST
Now that Jones’ own lawyer has described the host as “a performance artist,” does the president stand by this praise?
Alex Jones got his audience to believe that Hillary Clinton was after everyone’s guns, so this “con artist” got his audience to vote for another “con artist” Donald Trump. At the end of 4 years when Trump will be voted out, you can remember this president exactly as you should think about Alex Jones – both are ”performance artists”.
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