Alex Jones’ lawyer claims he’s a ‘performance artist’ amid child custody battle

Alex Jones is, depending on who you ask, the media’s barrel-chested voice of reason in a world gone mad or a ranting, beet-faced lunatic whose calling card involves legitimizing outlandish conspiracy theories by screaming them as loudly as possible on his radio show, Infowars.

According to his attorney, Randall Wilhite, Jones adopts an artificial onscreen persona to engage with his audience, and therefore, judging him by that persona is unfair. “He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said. “He is a performance artist.”

Over the next couple of weeks the man who in 2015 floated the theory that the Sandy Hook massacre was a staged hoax (“I knew they had actors there, clearly, but I thought they killed some real kids,” he said on air), will be in the maelstrom of a trial with his ex-wife, Kelly, as the pair negotiate whether to pursue sole or joint custody of their three children.

“He’s not a stable person,” Ms. Jones said in testimony at a recent hearing. “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,” she continued, referencing Alex’s recent commentary on Democratic California representative Adam Schiff.

“He broadcasts from home,” she added. “The children are there, watching him broadcast.”

The former couple has a 14-year-old son and two daughters, ages 9 and 12. Jones has since remarried after divorcing in 2015, and his new wife is expecting a baby.

[screen shot: The Alex Jones Channel]