Infowars host Alex Jones argues persona in custody dispute

InfoWars host Alex Jones is a conspiracy-minded lunatic who screams and wails and does everything short of ripping his hair out every day in order to pull in ratings.

His ex-wife, Kelly, from whom he has been divorced since 2015, wants sole or joint custody of their three children.

Jones, however, is now trying to convince a judge in Austin, Texas, that he's not really the guy Trump and the rest of the country thinks he is.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the warring Joneses began seating a jury in the Travis County courthouse for what's expected to be a contentious two-week hearing, court officials confirmed.

That said, Jones has become a notable figure in conservative media, and if his own attorney describes his client as "a performance artist" - effectively characterizing Jones' freaky persona as a fictional "character" - that's an important acknowledgement for the public to be aware of.

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"He's playing a character", Wilhite said during the hearing, the Austin American-Statesman reported. What Jones says has a real effect on on shaping what people believe. During the 2016 campaign, Trump called into Jones' show and told him, "Your reputation is wonderful". Erica Lafferty lost her mother in that shooting and has called on Trump to disavow Jones for his conspiracy theories, but Trump has never responded.

He's also gained a big fan in President Donald Trump. His ex-wife, Kelly Jones, says there is only one Alex Jones, and his on-air persona is part of the reason that she should have custody of their children. 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.

Both accusations were references to recent tirades from Jones against the celebrities. "I love you so much, and I didn't mean to get you up here, sweetheart, and tell people how much I love you, but you're so handsome, and you're a good little knight who's going to grow up, I know, to be a great fighter against the enemy". Another of her attorneys, Robert Hoffman, said she "is a wonderful mother who has had her kids turned against her". "I will not let you down".

Judge Orlinda Naranjo said she will not allow the Schiff clip to be admitted as evidence in the custody trial, but she will allow some others, the paper reports.

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