Alex Jones, the unhinged right-wing commentator behind the popular website and radio program InfoWars, is now involved in a child custody battle with his ex-wife Kelly Jones, and one of his lawyers is making the intriguing argument that his venomous on-air rants shouldn't figure into the decision because they are actually art.
But Jones' lawyer argues he's just playing a character and the comments he's made are part of a performance. He is now in a custody battle with his ex-wife over his three children.
He also perpetuated the "Pizzagate" theory that Hillary Clinton and other Democratic leaders were running a child sex trafficking ring run out of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria, before eventually apologizing.
Alex Jones of InfoWars has developed an incredible following for his show and site, where he often promotes some of the most freakish and extreme conspiracy theories.
Infowars.com has alleged that the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting was a hoax and that the September 11, 2001, terror attacks involved the federal government.
"He's not a stable person", she said, according to the American-Statesman. "This case is not about Infowars, and I don't want it to be about Infowars", Naranjo said in court last week. But his lawyer says this media presence is a persona and not the real Alex Jones.
But with the rise of Donald Trump, Jones has gained increased prominence and legitimacy.
He also claims USA moon landings were faked and that the government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting using actors.
The Alex Jones YouTube channel has more than 2 million subscribers and more than 1.2 billion video views.
"Your reputation is fantastic", the Republican candidate told Jones. "I will not let you down". Jones claims Trump called him after the election to thank him.
Then, they played a video of a conversation between Jones and Republican strategist and Trump associate Roger Stone that, according to the Statesman, "quickly escalated into an expletive-studded, gay-bashing rant by Jones directed at Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee investigation of Trump's Russian Federation ties". "In fact, more people follow Alex than watch Fox News or CNN", Stone said.