Infowars 'performance artist' Alex Jones argues persona in custody dispute

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18 April, 2017

Alex Jones once operated in the darkest corners of the internet, spreading conspiracy theories about government involvement in 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing.

She added, "I'm concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress".

Beginning Monday, jury selection gets underway at the courthouse in Travis County, Texas that in the next two weeks will be asked to sort out whether there is a difference between the public and private Alex Jones, and whether, when it comes to his fitness as a parent, it matters.

The Alex Jones who told his legions of "Infowars" listeners that bogus stories about the USA government being behind the 9/11 attacks and about Hillary Clinton operating a pedophile ring out of a Washington D.C. pizza joint is really "a performance artist".

But Jones' lawyer, Randall Wilhite, told the court, "He's playing a character". What Jones says has a real effect on on shaping what people believe. The only distinction between them would then be tone and delivery, and it's not one that Kelly Jones thinks matters, especially if the kids are seeing their father deliver the rants at home. And not only is the leader of the free world apparently a fan of Jones, but President Trump has also been a guest on his show, where he told Jones that his reputation was "amazing". Last month, Jones issued a rare apology for his role in promoting the false "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, which alleged that a child sex ring was being run out of a Washington, D.C. pizzeria.

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Recently, Jones went on an antigay tirade against U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a Trump critic who has been prominent in the investigations into Russian interference in the presidential election.

Mrs. Jones is referring to her husband's comments about Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) who is heading the Democrat's side of the Russian Federation investigation.

"He's not a stable person", she said of the man with whom her 14-year-old son and 9- and 12-year-old daughters have lived since her 2015 divorce. Alex called their son a "good little knight who's going to grow up, I know, to be a great fighter against the enemy".

"This case is not about "Infowars" and I don't want it to be about 'Infowars, '" she said.


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