- The Washington Times - Friday, April 21, 2017

Media personality and controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, while testifying in court, insisted that billionaire political donor George Soros has “brain damaged a lot of people” with marijuana.

As national media monitor the ongoing custody case currently unfolding in Texas between Mr. Jones and his former wife, Thursday’s accusation reverberated well beyond the Austin courthouse where a judge will soon decide the fate of the couple’s three children.

Witnesses said the quip occurred during cross-examination Thursday when Mr. Jones was asked about his marijuana use.

Mr. Jones admitted he smokes weed about once a year to “monitor its strength,” a common law enforcement practice, according to the radio and internet show host.

“That’s what police do. They smoke it once a year, too,” Mr. Jones told the court, the Austin Statesman reported.

According to attendees, however, Mr. Jones then suggested Mr. Soros is somehow responsible for making America’s current pot supply all too-potent.

Mr. Jones said he tested weed “because he believes it is now too strong,” BuzzFeed reported from Austin, “— a development he blamed on billionaire and political donor George Soros.”

George Soros has brain damaged a lot of people,” Mr. Jones testified, according to Texas Monthly reporter Dan Solomon. “That was in regards to marijuana, which Jones says he smokes once a year to test potency,” Mr. Solomon added on Twitter.

Mr. Soros has been the subject of similarly unfounded accusations, courtesy of Mr. Jones in the past, who just last month branded the Hungarian-born billionaire as the “head of the Jewish mafia.”

“Well, there is undoubtedly a Jewish mafia and the [Anti-Defamation League] will say you’re anti-Semitic,” he said during a broadcast of “The Alex Jones Show” last month, according to a recording published by Media Matters.

“One of the biggest enemies of Jews is the Jewish mafia. They worked with Hitler. Well, the head of the Jewish mafia is George Soros. He’s out to get Jews,” Mr. Jones added.

Kelly Jones, his former spouse, claims the couple’s three children aren’t safe living with their father and claims he’s privately the same vitriolic individual that has amassed a following with his controversial internet and radio broadcasts. Despite being described as a “performance artist” by his own attorney on Sunday, however, Mr. Jones has since taken aim at media reports that have questioned the legitimacy of his on-air persona, insisting Tuesday: “I am completely real and everybody knows it.”

President Trump praised Mr. Jones during a 2015 interview on his program, stating: “Your reputation’s amazing.”

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