Jonathan Tilove, covering the case for the Austin American-Statesman, tweeted Jones's reaction to the public revelation of his diagnosis.
Question: Does a narcissist like or not like a court talking about how he is a narcissist? (Alex Jones looks fine with it.)— jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) April 19, 2017
A “deep need for admiration” could explain why Jones has spent the week undermining his lawyers' best efforts to convince a jury that he is not as wacky in real life as he appears on his syndicated radio show.
“He's playing a character,” attorney Randall Wilhite said at a pretrial hearing. “He is a performance artist.”
In court on Tuesday, another attorney, David Minton, described Jones's work as “satire” and “sarcasm.”
The “performance artist” argument seems like a smart one, since outbursts like this probably don't help the good dad image. But the idea that Jones is just “playing a character” could cost him the admiration of an audience that thinks he is the real deal.
That is a price Jones seems unwilling to pay, so he is basically arguing against his own legal team.
After news outlets picked up on Wilhite's remarks, Jones filmed a video on his way to court Monday, in which he said this: “They’ve got articles out today that I say I’m a fake, all of this other crap. Total bull! ... I 110 percent believe what I stand for. We’re changing the world with you.”
In another video, posted Tuesday, Jones said his show is “the most bona fide, hard-core, real McCoy thing there is, and everybody knows it.”
Also Tuesday, one of Jones's closest allies, Roger Stone, gave an interview to Tilove in which he directly contradicted Jones's attorneys. Asked whether Jones's lawyers understand him, Stone replied, “No, they don't.”
“I get what [they’re] doing,” he added, “but to say he’s an actor — that implies he doesn’t believe in what he’s saying."
When Jones finally took the stand Wednesday, he denied playing a character.
Alex Jones testifies he means what he says on Infowars.“I believe in the overall political program I am promoting of Americana and freedom.— jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) April 20, 2017
And in a second day of testimony Thursday, Jones certainly resembled his on-air persona, if the tweets by reporters covering the proceedings were any indication.
Full mind eraser chili deposition quote:— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) April 20, 2017
atty: "does chili affect your memory?"
Jones: "big bowl of chili sure does yeah"
Alex says he drinks sometimes every day sometimes far less, tries to cut back "it makes me fat"— Ben Hartman (@Benhartman) April 20, 2017
Overheard as Alex Jones passed me in the hall. 'A' lot of famous fiction writers in here.'— Roque Planas (@RoqPlanas) April 20, 2017
Alex Jones, asked whether, as earlier testified, he was having sex w/ woman after his fiance moved in w/ him: "I'd have to see a calendar."— jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) April 20, 2017