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Alex Jones denies lawyers' claims he's doing "performance art": "We're the most bona fide, hardcore, real McCoy thing there is"

The Influential Infowars host says that the only time he was "playing a character" was when he "put a top hat on"


Charlie May
April 19, 2017 10:20PM (UTC)

A day after Alex Jones' attorneys said that the Infowars host's radio program was "performance art" the Crock-Pot commentator countered, telling the world that his attorneys have been misinterpreted in the media.

At a pretrial hearing for a custody case involving Infowars host Alex Jones, attorney Randall Wilhite said that his client was "playing a character" and called him a "performance artist" while on the air. Following the widespread reaction in the media, Jones delivered a response during his show on Tuesday saying that, at times he has played satirical roles on his program.

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"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 mega banks; 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," Jones explained.

Jones specifically cited the time he painted his face like the Joker, a villain from the Batman series: "People got freaked out," he said, adding, "It was powerful; it was a powerful performance; that's why people were so freaked out."

"You know I keep thinking people are smart; this is the real me," Jones said, pointing to himself. "The Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the republic, changing the world, Brexit," Jones ranted.

Jones went on to criticize the mainstream media for saying that his show doesn't preinterview guests or tell them the topics they can (and cannot) talk about.

"We don't do pre-interviews; ask anybody," Jones said, raising his voice. "We're the most bona fide, hard-core, real McCoy thing there is — and everybody knows it and we're delivering the goods."

It's not clear whether Jones violated a gag order by hosting the Infowars broadcast while in the midst of an ongoing trial. The order was issued recently to all litigants in the child custody case of Jones and his ex-wife to assure that details of the case are kept quiet. So far, all records of his custody case as well as his divorce have been sealed since his divorce was initiated in Texas' Hays County in 2013.

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Jones gave testimony on Wednesday during the custody trial as he seeks sole custody of his three children.

In court on Wednesday the case manager said that Jones was diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder and did not originally go to therapy for it, but later did, according to a tweet from Huff Post's Roque Planas. The case manager said a therapy session, the case manager Jones once took his shirt off.

 


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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