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'Infowars' host Jones says his on-air persona not a 'trick'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/20/2017
In this Monday, April 17, 2017 photo, "Infowars" host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Jones, the right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, is a performance artist whose true personality is nothing like his on-air persona, according to a lawyer defending the "Infowars" broadcaster in a child custody battle. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © The Associated Press In this Monday, April 17, 2017 photo, "Infowars" host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Jones, the right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, is a performance artist whose true personality is nothing like his on-air persona, according to a lawyer defending the "Infowars" broadcaster in a child custody battle. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has testified that he's sincere in his "Infowars" commentary but acknowledges he also uses satire and comedy on his show.

His testimony Wednesday in his child custody case stands in contrast to comments by his lawyer who last week argued that Jones is a performance artist whose true personality is nothing like his on-air persona.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://atxne.ws/2oOuQ2o ) that Jones discounted any suggestion that he's "playing a trick on the public" with his on-air persona.

He's scheduled to return to the stand Thursday. His ex-wife, Kelly Jones, is seeking sole or joint custody of their three children.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.

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