Alex Jones, the unhinged right-wing commentator behind the popular website and radio program InfoWars, is now involved in a child custody battle with his ex-wife Kelly Jones, and one of his lawyers is making the intriguing argument that his venomous on-air rants shouldn't figure into the decision because they are actually art.
Judging Jones by his Infowars performances would be like judging Jack Nicholson by his depiction of the Joker on "Batman", Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo last week, the Austin American-Statesman reported. "He is a performance artist". Jones, who runs "Infowars", is in a custody battle with his ex-wife.
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Jones issued a rare apology in late March for his role in furthering the conspiracy theory that Comet Ping Pong, a pizza parlor in Washington, D.C., was the center of a child sex ring frequented by Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and others. He has claimed in the past that the Sandy Hook shooting was a "false-flag", September 11 was an "inside job" done by the government, and he has previously promoted the "Pizzagate" conspiracy with vigor, recently having to apologize on air for some of his actions related to it.
"He's not a stable person", Kelly said.
Jones promotes the theory that "globalist" forces, including politicians and big business, are out to rob the USA of its sovereignty, and that Trump will save the nation from this conspiracy.
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"This case is not about Infowars, and I don't want it to be about Infowars", Naranjo warned the attorneys. According to Kelly, Alex Jones really is as maniacal as he seems in his many public outbursts. "I will not let you down".
Jones' YouTube videos have been viewed 1.2 billion times.
Roger Stone, a Republican television pundit and longtime Trump confidant, called Jones' web-based media empire "Trump's secret weapon" his book "The Making of the President 2016". Jones has since claimed to have heard from Trump since his inauguration, including with invitations to the White House press pool and Mar-a-Lago, though neither Jones nor his InfoWars staff have yet been spotted at either.
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Millions of people watch Alex Jones, and certainly seem to believe him.