“He’s not a stable person,” Kelly Jones says of her husband, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. “He is a performance artist,” says attorney Randall Wilhite, who represents Mr. Jones in his bid to retain custody of their three children.
According to the Austin-American Statesman, Kelly Jones gave “emotional” testimony in a preliminary hearing, telling a judge that her children are not safe with their father, who has turned them against her.
Alex Jones’s lawyers, on the other hand, argued that their client is just “playing a character” — that holding his rants against him “would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in ‘Batman,'” Jonathan Tilove writes.
“I’m concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress,” she said, referring to his recent comments about California Democrat Adam Schiff. “He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.”
Jones’ rant ends: “You got that, you goddamn son of a bitch? Fill your hand,” echoing John Wayne’s warning in True Grit” to a man he’s about to shoot and kill.
“This is nothing but a response to a congressman who called him a Russian spy,” said David Minton, another lawyer representing Alex Jones.
“What possible relevance does that have?” Minton asked. “They want to throw the stench in the jury box and never get the stench out. It has nothing to do with parenting.”
Texas District Judge Orlinda Naranjo, who will oversee jury selection at the Travis County Courthouse for what is expected to be a two-week trial, warned both sides against making the case about the show. “This case is not about Infowars,” he reportedly said, “and I don’t want it to be about Infowars.”
“But, for some reason, this family has done very well,” Naranjo observed. “Otherwise, there wouldn’t be five lawyers on one side of the table and three over here, because of the business this family is in.”
Indeed, on one level, Alex Jones has always been a profiteer. His themes may come from the fever swamp of right wing mania and anti-Semitic blood libels, but his raving paranoia has always been about delighting an audience that buys the crap he’s selling. On the other hand, Alex Jones still insists that his on-air “art” is about what he really believes.
“From this day forward, Jones’ reckless verbal dances with the devil in the pale moonlight are hereby confirmed as works of fiction,” David Boddiger writes at Fusion.net. Yet even if Jones only acts unhinged, his purposeful derangement has real-world consequences.
Millions of rabid fans formed a constituency for “anti-globalist” Donald Trump, who appeared on his broadcast as a candidate. Credulous viewers have besieged a family pizza parlor in Washington, DC because Jones told them that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex abuse ring out of its nonexistent basement.
Jones later apologized for the “pizzagate” hoax after a believer was arrested for “investigating” the restaurant with an assault rifle. But he has yet to apologize for the Trump presidency. Just like his children, everyone in America is now forced to live with a fraudulent madman.
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