Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Performanc­e artist’

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When Donald Trump called in to Alex Jones’ radio show, during the Republican presidenti­al primary, he told the host known as a leading 9/ 11 “truther” that his reputation is “amazing.”

When Mr. Trump accused the media of covering up terrorist attacks, in February, the president appeared to be echoing a conspiracy theory promoted by Mr. Jones’s website, Infowars.

If Mr. Trump buys into what Mr. Jones says on the air or publishes on his site, the president is falling for the work of a “performanc­e artist.” That is how Mr. Jones’ attorney described him at a pretrial hearing in a child custody case, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “He’s playing a character,” attorney Randall Wilhite said.

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