Alex Jones: 'I 110 percent believe what I stand for’


5:35 p.m. update: Alex Jones’ testimony at the child custody trial in downtown Austin has been pushed into Wednesday.

Following opening statements on behalf of Alex Jones, the well-known Austin-based broadcaster and provocateur, and his ex-wife, Kelly Jones, the rest of the day was consumed with the testimony and examination of two Austin psychologists who were involved in the case: Allison Wilcox, who was the guardian ad litem, assigned by the court to look out for the interests of the children in the divorce, and Alissa Sherry, who was the case manager for the treatment team.

While Alex Jones did not get to testify Tuesday, he did express himself overnight in an Infowars video that seemed to contradict his legal team’s strategy of suggesting that his on-air persona is a part he plays and not an indication of what kind of father he is.

“They’ve got articles out today that say I’m a fake, all of this other crap. Total bull,” Jones said.

“The media is deceiving everywhere,” Jones said. “I 110 percent believe what I stand for.”

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Earlier: Alex Jones’ attorney presented the Austin broadcaster as a great father and Kelly Jones as an unfit, emotionally unstable mother, during opening statements of the Jones’ child custody trial Tuesday.

But Kelly Jones’ attorney presented her as a loving mother undermined by an ex-husband who turned their three children against her, instructing them to tape her for incriminating evidence.

David Minton, the Austin attorney who gave the opening statement on behalf of Alex Jones, also dismissed the notion that Jones brought his volatile Infowars persona home with him.

Minton described Alex Jones’ performance on Infowars as a mix of humor, “bombasity,” sarcasm and wit.

“That’s what he does for a living,” Minton said.

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But, Minton said of the idea that Jones would come home and feed his children Infowars: “Nothing could be more wrong. You will hear that from Alex Jones today.”

Minton said that the couple had agreed in their 2015 divorce settlement that Alex Jones would be the primary parent and Kelly Jones would have very limited supervised visits, but with the possibility of earning with her behavior an even split of the children’s time. But, he said, her unstable behavior did not earn it.

But Bobby Newman, who presented the opening statement for Kelly Jones, offered an utterly different picture of the relationship, presenting Kelly Jones as a devoted mother whose emotional episodes were only a consequence of trying to contend with her ex-husband’s trying to get between her and her children.

Her outbursts, Newman said, are nothing compared to the rants that Alex Jones regularly indulges in on the air.

Newman said that Alex Jones describes himself as “super-powerful” and “super-aggressive.” But Newman himself was named one of Houston’s most aggressive divorce lawyers by the Houston Chronicle, and he seemed determined to get to Jones in his opening statement.

At one point, Newman said that in deposition, Alex Jones said he couldn’t recall basic facts about kids — like their teachers’ names and classes — because, “I had a big bowl of chili for lunch.”

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At another point, the top-dollar attorney told the jury that Jones has earned “more money than any of us can imagine.” He said he has two nannies to do everything.

Jones was clearly agitated during Newman’s opening and Newman at one point turned to Judge Orlinda Naranjo and asked, “Can you tell Mr. Jones to stop making faces and shaking his head?”

And then, a little while later, “Judge. Mr. Jones is still shaking his head.”

Naranjo admonished Jones, “Mr. Jones. No bodily comments please.”

Jones is expected to testify later in the afternoon.

Earlier: The jury has been seated. On Tuesday the Alex Jones/Kelly Jones trial begins in earnest with opening statements and the testimony of Alex Jones.

State District Judge Orlinda Naranjo may also, without the jury present, listen to some more videotapes of Alex Jones on Infowars that attorneys for Kelly Jones would like to play for the jury.

The Jones divorce was finalized in 2015. They have three children — a 14-year-old son and two daughters, 9 and 12. The children live with Alex Jones. Kelly Jones has limited visitation. She has gone to court to try to gain sole or joint custody of the children.

While attorneys for Kelly Jones had expected that they would present their case first because they are the ones trying to change the status quo, Naranjo ruled last week that Alex Jones’ legal team would get to go first. Naranjo agreed to that order after his lawyers said they had already been under the understanding that they would go first and had scheduled a number of expert witnesses to be in Austin for the trial this week. They estimated it would have cost them about $20,000 to reschedule flights and hotel arrangements not to mention the disruption to those individuals’ professional schedules.

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Alex Jones’ demeanor on the stand will be critical to his case.

Jones was in the unaccustomed role of silent observer throughout Monday’s daylong proceedings as a jury was selected even as his four-hour daily Infowars broadcast went on without him.

Jones’ trademark is his raspy, no-holds-barred rants. Kelly Jones’ lawyers want to give the jury a taste of that as evidence of a man out-of-control and hardly an appropriate parent. But Alex Jones’ lawyers at a pretrial hearing portrayed Jones’ on-air persona as just that.

“He’s playing a character,” attorney Randall Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”

Wilhite said using Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.”

But, while that defense may improve the chances that Alex Jones will prevail in this trial, it does pose a risk that it will alienate some of his large and devoted listenership if they come to see his dire tirades about the machinations of the global elites as inauthentic.

Since 2015, Jones’ prominence has also grown with his role promoting and defending first candidate and now President Donald Trump, who tapped into Jones’ audience for support and into Jones’ broadcasts for some of his most contentious and unproven assertions — whether it was that the election was going to be rigged or that millions of non-citizen immigrants allegedly voted in the 2016 election.

“Alex Jones and his Infowars’ umbrella of radio shows, YouTube and Facebook broadcasts, Internet website and tweets turned out to be Trump’s secret weapon,” Roger Stone, probably Trump’s oldest and closest political confidant, wrote in his book “The Making of the President 2016.”

So far, at a recent pretrial hearing, Naranjo OK’d two videos to be played at trial and nixed two others.

The two that she approved were one on which his son, then 12, appeared on Infowars as what amounted to Jones’ anointed heir. The second showed Jones taking a puff of marijuana on comedian Joe Rogan’s live podcast in California in February.

David Minton, another Jones’ lawyer, pointed out that the puff was legal in California and that Jones, like some state lawmakers, backs decriminalizing marijuana for adults.

Naranjo did not approve showing the jury a video clip of a confusing scene in which Jones and Stone, the longtime Trump confidant interrupted live coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland by a left-wing news show called The Young Turks.

She also disallowed showing the jury an expletive-studded diatribe by Jones directed at U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee investigation of Trump’s Russia ties, in which, Schiff has suggested, Stone and Jones might be entangled.

Jones’ rant ends: “You got that, you goddamn son of a bitch? Fill your hand,” echoing John Wayne’s warning in True Grit” to a man he’s about to shoot and kill.

A few days after his Schiff riff, Jones characterized it on-air as “clearly tongue-in-cheek and basically art performance, as I do in my rants, which I admit I do, as a form of art.”



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