Alex Jones, the fiery conspiracy theorist and provocateur who commands an audience of millions based on the idea that he is one of the only purveyors of the unvarnished truth, is now defending himself in a civil suit with an argument based partially on a claim that he is simply a performance artist, according to reporters who have been in the courtroom.
Jones is now fighting for child custody with his ex-wife, Kelly. "I've had TV actors who it's been said 'this person is a monster and this what they do for a living'".
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.
Kelly argues it doesn't, and she doesn't want her children around him. "The children are there, watching him broadcast", she said. "He's a way greater person than I was at 12. you're a good little knight who's going to grow up, I know, to be a great fighter against the enemy". "He wants J-Lo to get raped", Kelly said at a recent pretrial hearing, according to the Austin American-Statesman, adding that she didn't like that he would broadcast from home in front of their children. "He is a performance artist".
"I'm concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress", she added, referring to Jones' recent comments about Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California. "Fill your hand", echoing John Wayne's warning in "True Grit" to a man he's about to shoot and kill.
And he acknowledged the threat against Schiff a few days after it first aired, calling it "clearly tongue-in-cheek and basically art performance, as I do in my rants, which I admit I do, as a form of art". And she doesn't buy the argument that his InfoWars persona is an act.
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In response, Jones challenged Baldwin to a million-dollar charity fight - "I'll get in the ring with you, and I will break your jaw, I will knock your teeth out, I will break your nose, and I will break your neck", Jones said.
This suggests that if Alex Jones is actually taking on a character, he and that character actually believe all of the same things - unlike, say, Stephen Colbert's satirical character from The Colbert Report.
While a verdict in his favor would help Jones's personal life, it could hurt a career that has resulted in a wide audience and even a friendship with President Donald Trump.
He drew praise from Donald Trump when Trump was a candidate for the White House, telling Jones in December 2015: "Your reputation is incredible. I will not let you down".
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