Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones insisted he is "completely real" during a rambling video (below) that he made inside his car on April 18 in Austin, Texas.
Jones' lawyer, Randall Wilhite, told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that Jones' InfoWars persona was like Jack Nicholson playing the Joker in the film "Batman," the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Wilhite, who is representing Jones in a custody battle against his ex-wife, also said: "He’s playing a character. He is a performance artist."
Jones did not specifically mention his lawyer, notes Right Wing Watch, and insisted that he was, and was not, an actor: "You know, I am an actor. We’re all actors, but I believe in what I stand for. I’m not an actor as my main identity, but I am a talented person."
Jones then recalled playing imaginary games with his children as an example of his acting.
"I am completely real," Jones insisted. "And everybody knows it. But the media is so deceptive. They'll take that clip where I said 'I'm not really real,' and said I said I wasn't real."
Jones also said his critics are part of a conspiracy against his audience because "everything we want is starting to happen":
They’re prancing online going, "Finally you admit it’s all fake and none of it’s real." Yeah, Brexit’s fake, taking down the New World Order’s fake, getting all of the gun laws repealed, that’s not happening? No, it’s happening.
Getting a good Supreme Court justice appointed? That’s not happening? Everything we want is starting to happen. Globalism is in crisis. World government is now admitted to be real. Our audience exposed it. They took action, and that's what the globalists are really attacking is our audience, and try to demoralize them.
Jones went on a profanity-filled rant against Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California on March 30, notes Media Matters: "So stop shooting your mouth off claiming I’m the enemy. You got that you goddamned son of a bitch? Fill your hand."
He also said, "I'll beat your goddamned a**."
Amanda Berman, director of legal affairs with Lawfare Project, told Newsweek on April 5 that Jones may have violated the law:
I do think that the combination of Jones’s comments would amount to a threat. It seems to be a clear provocation. Ultimately, the question would have to be put to a judge or jury, but I think there is a legal basis for a conviction based on Jones’s threat, which was made "with intent to impede, intimidate or interfere" with Congressman Schiff’s exercise of his duties as the ranking member of the committee investigating the connection between the Trump campaign/administration and the Russians.
Jones later insisted that his rant against Schiff was "clearly tongue-in-cheek and basically art performance, as I do in my rants, which I admit I do, as a form of art," notes Media Matters.