Ever since the Austin Statesman-American newspaper reported on a pretrial hearing in a custody battle between InfoWars host Alex Jones and ex-wife Kelly Jones, the voluble show host has had to defend himself as a suitable father to their three children. Kelly Jones has claimed that Jones “not a stable person. He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck. He wants J-Lo to get raped. I’m concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress [a reference to Jones’ recent comments about California Congressman Adam Schiff]. He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.”
 
Attorney Randall Wilhite has explained that his client, Alex Jones, should not be judged for his behavior and statements on-air. Jones, he said, is “playing a character,” in much the same way that actor Jack Nicholson has portrayed The Joker in a Batman movie. Wilhite said. “He is a performance artist.”
 
In video appearances since the hearing, Alex Jones has sought to bolster his credibility by insisting that he believes in the positions he has espoused on InfoWars but thus endangering his custody of his children. On Tuesday, Jones issued a video on his YouTube channel insisting that it was  “mainstream media,” rather than his attorney, who identified him as a performer. He said that claims of his “performance” referred to instances when he played various characters on his broadcasts rather than the role of  “angry conspiracy theorist” persona identified by his attorney.
 
 
At the three-minute mark, after discussing events relating to the crisis in North Korea, he said,  “First off! They love to brand us as fake news, or the media loves to attack me, and say ‘He dresses up in lizard suits, like Gwor, or whatever the name of the guy is, from the Star Trek episode, the famous one, where he’s fighting Captain Kirk, and then the news asks me ‘Are you serious?’ And I say ‘That’s satire! I’m being an actor, acting like I’m a space alien that wants to exterminate the population of the Earth, trying to sell you on taking vaccines. I don’t actually believe that the Star Trek character’s real. Then they go ‘Oh my gosh! Alex Jones is fake! He says he’s an actor!’….
 
“If I put a top hat on and play the part of the head of Goldman Sachs, saying ‘I’m screwing you over, I love the megabanks, I’m gonna rob you, world government’s good,’ I’m illustrating how George Soros and other people think of you. I don’t literally believe that. The time that I put on clown makeup and played the part of the Joker, saying drink your fluoride water and take your vaccines, ’cause you’re gonna see pretty colors, kids, people got freaked out and said ‘Oh my gosh, you’re not for real, because you act like a nice guy on air, but then you acted like a monster for an hour on TV, and it was powerful! It was a powerful performance! That’s why people were so freaked out, and they said ‘What’s the real you?’ …. there are headlines, in BBC, Reuters, AP: ‘InfoWars host, Alex Jones, plays a character, is different in real life.’ What? I didn’t say that. … this is the type of deception that is going on.”
 
In quoting “headlines,” Jones left out the word “lawyer.” An image on the video shows CTV article headlined: ’Infowars’ host Alex Jones plays a character, is different in real life: lawyer.” Jones himself did not say he playing a character. However, it was his lawyer who did so on his behalf  in a court of law while representing the show host in a child-custody case. Jones accused his opponents of playing “semantical lawyer games,” suggesting that it was members of the media, insteed of his attorney, who made the claim about his supposed play-acting. Jones has yet to dismiss the lawyer if indeed he was misrepresented in court. 
 
In another video, Jones addressed the camera while driving in his vehicle. In the second video, Jones says, “I am an actor. We’re all actors. But I believe in what I stand for, I’m not an actor as my main identity, but I am a talented person. And I – with my small children, would play like I was, you know, a goblin, or a pirate, or a superhero, and I would chase them around the house, you know, like a grandpa plays with their kid in the yard, we’re all, we all do that. You ever, with your wife or whatever, have role play? You’re an actor! Does that mean you’re not a real person?
 
"It’s the war on knowledge, the war on intellect, the war on, like people say ‘Oh my God!’ like, like, people, I’ve had famous liberals come to my house and they see oil paintings I’ve done, or they’ll pick up a piece of paper with some poetry I’ve written on it, and they go, oh my god, you’re just – it’s all fake, you’re not a right-wing extremist! And I’ll go, ‘I was never a right-wing extremist! I’m a thinker, I’m an open person, I am who I am, I do have a Texas accent….they have to misrepresent who I am and what I stand for, and take everything out of context….”
 


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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