According to his lawyer during a recent custody hearing regarding his three children, Infowars founder and host Alex Jones is “playing a character.”
Jones’ attorney, Randall Wilhite, argued to a Texas judge that the well-known conspiracy theorist “is a performance artist.”
The Infowars founder has been an ardent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump and owns and operates, not only Infowars, but also PrisonPlanet.com. Many know him for the many conspiracy theories that he has peddled, including saying that the Sandy Hook murders were a hoax and that the U.S. government was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Beyond that, Jones regularly pushes other outlandish conspiracy theories, some of which have had very real effects. For example, Jones peddled “Pizzagate” — a conspiracy theory that claimed former Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and her campaign’s chief strategist John Podesta were operating a child sex trafficking ring out of a small pizzeria in Washington, D.C. However, Jones apologized for this months later.
As it stands, Jones is at odds with his ex-wife, Kelly Jones, for custody of their three children — a 14-year-old son, 12-year-old daughter, and 9-year-old daughter.
According to Kelly Jones in court, the conspiracy theorist is, “not a stable person. He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck. He wants J Lo to get raped.” She added, “he broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.”
Over the next two weeks, a jury will be asked to ascertain if Jones’ on-air persona is different from his off-air persona, and if he’s fit to be a parent.
Several clips of the show have been played before the jury as they decide whether or not his on-air-persona is different from who he is off air and, ultimately, if that should be sufficient for him to gain custody of his children.