Stephen Colbert mocked professional conspiracy theorist and “insane radio host” Alex Jones on The Late Show on Monday. Colbert played the role of an imaginary airwaves personality named Tuck Buckford, parodying Jones’ breathless, abrasive, shouting delivery as he spouted paranoid, wildly implausible theories.
“Listen people: the liberals want to tattoo Obama logos onto the skin of Christian babies,” Colbert growled. “It makes me want to fight! Fight with my fists! My blood is on fire! My heart is a volcano! I’m a skeleton wrapped in angry meat!”
Jones – who is known for saying that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax and that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 election – is currently locked in a child custody battle with his ex-wife. In order to convince the court that he’s a suitable parent for three kids aged 9, 12 and 14, Jones is arguing that he is a “performance artist” and that his bullying, over-the-top on-camera persona is all an act.
“Unfortunately for him, he works in front of a camera,” Colbert quipped. He then cut to footage of a wild-eyed, fire-breathing Jones bellowing, “I like to fight!” “Clips like that make Alex Jones seem less like a fit parent and more like a coked-out football coach in a police standoff,” Colbert added.
At a pre-trial hearing this month, Jones’ wife told the court that her former husband is “not a stable person,” according to the Austin American-Statesman. “He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck,” she continued. “He wants J-Lo to get raped … He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.”
But District Judge Orlinda Naranjo, who is overseeing the trial, told the lawyers involved that they had to focus on the facts at hand. “This case is not about Infowars,” she said. “And I don’t want it to be about Infowars.”