Alex Jones’ 9/11 exclusive: President Trump is being drugged in his Diet Cokes.

Good day Austin:

Before we begin, let me address an urgent message directly to President Donald Trump.

Mr. President, if you’re reading this, if somehow, someone is smuggling First Reading to you past the InfoBlockade imposed by Chief of Staff John Kelly, then heed this warning. From now on, when Kelly or one of his minions brings you your Diet Coke, or iced tea, wait until they are looking the other way, and surreptitiously spill the contents into the Oval Office wastebasket, or, better yet, the potted Swedish Ivy over there on the Oval Office mantel (the soil will absorb the evidence). And then pretend to take a final satisfied slurp through the straw as if you’ve just consumed the contents of the MAGA tumbler.

Why?

Because, as your loyalist Alex Jones here in Austin revealed yesterday on InfoWars (info I’m sure Kelly has a whole team of plumbers assigned to keep from leaking into the Oval Office): “They are putting a slow sedative that they are building up, and it’s also addictive, in his Diet Cokes and also in his iced tea, and that the president, by six or seven at night, is basically slurring his words. He’s drugged.”

https://twitter.com/infowars/status/907310285488132096

OK, Mr. President. Sure, sometimes AJ gets carried away.

But Roger Stone, the guy who created you and lovingly crafted you as a political being lo these many decades, says it could just be true, that he has heard reports suggesting you sometimes appear medicated, that he wouldn’t put it past Kelly to pull something like this, and that with the imminent departure of Keith Schiller, your trusted body man, body-guard, confidante and chief of Oval Office operations, you will have no one right there with your best interests at heart looking out for you.

From Toby Harnden the Sunday Times of London: Donald Trump left isolated as his ‘security blanket’ Keith Schiller quits

The name Keith Schiller is barely known, even in Washington, where he occupies the nebulous-sounding role of director of Oval Office operations. But his imminent departure — another casualty of the tough new regime in the White House — has left Donald Trump uncharacteristically reflective and almost bereft.

While the president has weathered the departure of a number of key aides, including his chief strategist Steve Bannon, arguably none was as important as Schiller.

Stone believe that Schiller is being effectively forced out by Kelly, who is trying to strangle Schiller’s relationship with, and ability to protect, the president.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/904183069724352513

https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones/status/907417284326641665

Stone is now — along with Owen Shroyer and Mike Cernovich — manning the InfoWars’ War Room, a new daily show on InfoWars, that picks up where Jones’ 11 to 3 daily show ends, and extends from 4 to 7 every weekday.

The drugging-of-the-president scoop and story-line was dealt with on both the Alex Jones’ show — which also includes Stone, Shroyer and Cernovich as regulars — and on the War Room yesterday, which was a big day on the Alex Jones/InfoWars calendar.

It was Sept. 11.

Almost a year ago, in October 2016, I wrote a story for the StatesmanAustin’s Alex Jones: The voice in Donald Trump’s head, about the growing importance of Alex Jones in informing the world view of then presidential candidate Trump, the result of a relationship brokered by Stone, who saw the great mutual advantage in it for both Trump and Jones.

In that story, I wrote that:

It was 9/11 that defined Jones.

On July 25, 2001, Jones, who, at the time was still doing his cable TV show in Austin in addition to his syndicated radio show, claimed that the U.S. government was plotting a false flag terrorist attack in the United States that it would blame on the likes of Osama bin Laden as a pretext for domestic repression.

Less than two months later, (Angelo) Carusone {then executive vice president and now president of Media Matters for America, a not-for-profit progressive media watchdog group} said, “On 9/11, on that actual day, he started to attack the United States government.”

Some radio stations canceled Jones.

“He was just too hot,” Carusone said. “His ascent was totally blunted.”

But, Carusone said, “that set in motion the version of Alex Jones that Trump is heralding on the campaign trail.”

In the years since, Jones has built a web presence that could survive the loss of all his radio stations, and mostly bankrolls the operation with direct sales of his own products — from political paraphernalia to survivalist and health products, such as the one he swears by “that blocks the estrogen mimickers that feminize men.”

Unlike his rivals, Jones has no one to answer to.

“He was less accountable,” Carusone said. “It just makes all the difference in the world.”

In other words, it was 9/11 that vaulted the Alex Jones, who got his start ranting on Austin public access TV, from this guy to the one we know today.

Now, when Alex Jones says “Never Forget” 9/11, what he doesn’t want you to forget is that it was a false flag, an inside job, and that he’s the one who called it.

https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones/status/907456499450093568

From Owen Shroyer on yesterday’s War Room.

Shroyer:

Still to this day no other skyscraper has fallen because of a structure fire. It has yet to happen to this day but they are still trying to tell you that the only three skyscrapers in the history of the world that have fallen from a structure fire all fell within the same day on the same block. 

Come on folks! Come on man!

To me, Shroyer is the weak link in the War Room triumvirate.

Stone is Stone.

Cernovich is, well, here, from way back in April, is a bit of the New York Times’ “Who is Mike Ceronvich: A Guide.”

Trump has frequently derided the news media as “fake news,” and on Tuesday his son, Donald Trump Jr., told the world there was one person he wants to see win the Pulitzer Prize, the highest honor in American journalism: Mike Cernovich.

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Mr. Cernovich is a blogger, author of books, YouTube personality and filmmaker with a far-right social media following. Much of his online persona is driven by two mottos: “conflict is attention” and “attention is influence.”

He told The New Yorker, “I use trolling tactics to build my brand.”

Before this week, he was perhaps best known for promoting false claims that Hillary Clinton was part of a pedophile ring located in the basement of a pizzeria. He describes himself as an “American nationalist” and has been involved in shaping alt-right messages on social media, according to The New Yorker. But he has denied being part of the alt-right movement, calling it “too obsessed with gossip and drama for my tastes” in a blog post.

Like Stone, Cernovich is well-sourced in Trumpland and able to produce good scoops.

But unlike Stone and Cernovich, who, in Sopranos’ parlance, are “good earners,” Shroyer seems like he’s one of those over-eager young guys trying to get on the crew who’s only going to get himself in trouble.

He did make Roger Stone’s 2016 Best Dressed List. (Stone has assumed the responsibilities of the list once borne by Mr. Blackwell.)

Owen Shroyer: Dogged truth seeker/reporter on the rise. Shroyer is one of the rising talents at Alex Jones’ InfoWars alternative news network. Bombastic during his “man on the street” style reports, Shroyer is amazingly put together no matter the climate or setting. The cut/fit of his suits and shirts are form fitting, but not busting at the seams (Daniel Craig’s Bond wardrobe). Our true admiration though is for his favoritism of a spread collar to accompany the thick knots of his ties.

OK, spread collar, fine. But last last year Shroyer made a hash of trying to create local Pizzagate in Austin, which was a total embarrassment that he took down (here is Matt Odam’s story and my  First Reading) and backed away from..

Altogether, Shroyer seems to me to be sidekick and not super hero material – Arthur, the moth, to Alex Jones’ The Tick.

Anyway, 16 years since 9/11/01, Alex Jones is still campaigning against the Deep State, what is different now is that, somehow, Jones is allied with the man in the Oval Office, and trying to protect him from the machinations of the said Deep State.

Back in May, Stone and Jones shot an urgent video on the streets of Austin, warning of what they feared could be an attempt to remove Trump from office claiming he has Alzheimer’s. (Here’s the First Reading on that.)

For the last couple of months, Jones and Stone have been further warning Trump that he has essentially been inadvertently executing a Seven Days in May style coup agent himself by surrounding himself with Generals Kelly (as chief of staff), Mad Dog Mattis at Defense, and, most nefarious of all in their view, H. R. McMaster at the National Security Council, creating his own in-house junta without a drop of blood being spilled, or, maybe even, any awareness that it is happening.

InfoWars’ 9/11 shows bring that plot up to date.

Here is Alex Jones yesterday

And here is a clipped version from Media Matters

Here is a transcript from Media Matters:

ALEX JONES (HOST): Ladies and gentlemen, I was told this by high level sources and it was evident and especially after [Ronald] Reagan was shot in his first year in office when he was acting like Trump, and doing the right things, that he never really recovered. They gave him cold blood, and his transfusion that causes brain damage. They slowly gave him small amounts of sedatives. It’s known that most presidents end up getting drugged. Small dosages of sedatives till they build it up, Trump’s such a bull he hasn’t fully understood it yet.

But I’ve talked to people, multiple ones, and they believe that they are putting a slow sedative that they’re building up that’s also addictive in his Diet Cokes and in his iced tea and that the president by 6 or 7 at night is basically slurring his words and is drugged. Now first they had to isolate him to do that. But yes, ladies and gentleman, I’ve talked to people that talk to the president now at 9 at night, he is slurring his words. And I’m going to leave it at that. I’ve talked to folks that have talked to him directly.

So notice, “Oh, he’s mentally ill. Oh, he’s got Alzheimer’s.” They isolate him then you start slowly building up the dose, but instead of titrating it like poison, like venom of a cobra, or a rattlesnake, or a water moccasin where you build it up slowly so that you get a immunity to it, you’re building it slowly so the person doesn’t notice it. First it’s almost zero, just a tiny bit and then a little more and then your brain subconsciously becomes addicted to it and wants it and so as the dose gets bigger and bigger you get more comfortable in it. The president’s about two months into being covertly drugged. Now I’m risking my life, by the way, tell you all this. I was physically sick before I went on air. Because I’m smart. And I don’t mean that in a braggadocious way. I mean I’m not dumb. The information you’re going to get today is super dangerous. In fact, I’m tempted just to let it out now so they don’t cut the show off or something before this goes out. I mean this is the kind of thing that gets you killed.

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JONES: They drug presidents because the power structure wants a puppet. The president needs his blood tested by an outside physician he trusts.

Here is a Media Matters clip of Stone yesterday on the drugging of the president

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From Media Matters:

ALEX JONES (HOST): By what time — when people are talking to him, at what times is [Trump] slurring his words?

ROGER STONE: He is slurring his words on various times, and that’s what’s concerning. Let’s be very clear: I have a source at The New York Times, a reporter who expressed to me a concern that in a conversation they had on the phone with the president that he was slurring his words. The president does not drink. The president certainly does not do drugs. The president is sharp as a tack. Now, let’s give some credibility to —

JONES: Let me stop you. Let me stop you. When I’ve had conversations with him it’s like he’s speaking like an actor. It’s so precise and so smooth, exactly, then you hear he’s slurring his words. It’s like, “Woah.”

STONE: Now, in the president’s defense, could he be exhausted? Yeah, he works very hard for the country. He is passionate about his desire for an economic revival, for a boom. He said it to me, “Wait and see. You’ll see. When I get my 15 percent tax rate this economy is going to cook like nothing you’ve ever seen, it will be the greatest advance in job creation this country’s ever seen.” He is deeply committed and passionate about this. But I have now heard not from one, but two different sources, that he seemed disoriented and was slurring his speech in conversations. To me this is a tip off that he may be being medicated. Is General [John] Kelly above this? No.

Here’s a far fuller Stone with Jones on the whole affair, beginning almost six minutes in.

And here is Stone yesterday with Owen Shroyer. Notice, if you will, in these several clips, the wardrobe changes by the ever-natty Stone.

So, you may ask, is President Trump being isolated and sedated to make him more manageable or, ultimately, removable?

I don’t know.

Sounds unlikely.

But what doesn’t?

Is there any reason to believe that Alex Jones and Roger Stone (and Mike Cernovich) have an inside line on what’s up with Trump?

Well, maybe so.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio certainly thinks so.

From Nina Burleigh at Newsweek: Trump Will Pardon Joe Arpaio Because of Alex Jones’s Infowars and Matt Drudge

From Media Matters:

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ show to thank Jones, his staff, and Roger Stone for influencing President Donald Trump into potentially issuing Arpaio a pardon following his recent criminal conviction.

A U.S. District Court judge convicted Arpaio of criminal contempt of court in July. He faces up to six months in jail for his refusal to comply with a court order that said he could no longer direct the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to engage in racially discriminatory practices against Latinos. Arpaio was defeated in his re-election bid for a seventh term in November.

CNN.com reported today that “the White House has prepared the paperwork for President Trump to pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio when he makes the final decision to do so.” During an August 22 rally in Arpaio’s home state of Arizona, Trump suggested a pardon was imminent, telling the crowd, “I’ll make a prediction: I think he’s going to be just fine. Okay? But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy. Is that okay? All right? But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

During his August 23 broadcast of The Alex Jones Show, Jones said that he had been told Trump would pardon Arpaio.

Jones teased an “exclusive” interview with Arpaio and described how his case reached Trump’s desk, claiming it started with Infowars Washington bureau chief Jerome Corsi. According to Jones, “It’s Dr. Corsi writing the articles, and it’s Matt Drudge picked him up, and the president saw it in Matt Drudge’s Twitter feed, and then said, ‘Is this true? I haven’t even heard of this on Fox.’ And he called [Sean] Hannity up, and said, ‘Why aren’t you covering this?’”

Since at least April, Corsi has been publishing articles advancing Arpaio’s interests. Corsi wrote an Infowars.com piece in June headlined “Why Trump White House and Sessions DOJ must help Sheriff Arpaio.” On August 18, Corsi published an article that said “Infowars.com has learned the White House counsel has prepared, at the request of President Trump, a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that is ready for Trump to sign.”

Arpaio opened his comments on Jones’ show by saying, “I want to thank you, Alex, and your staff, Jerry Corsi, Roger Stone, for bringing this story out and reaching the president. I supported him from, what, two years ago at the same forum that he did yesterday and I’m with him and I’m with him to the end.”

Jones floated the prospect of Arpaio joining the Trump administration during the interview, and Arpaio replied that he wasn’t wasn’t looking to join the administration but said, “If he called me, it would be very difficult for me to turn him down because I will do anything to help him out.

Here’s the full interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megyn Kelly: ‘Reckless accusation, followed by equivocation and excuses is classic Alex Jones’

 

Good Monday Austin:

Alex Jones and his comrades on Infowars  popped the cork on some champagne last night to celebrate his victory over Megyn Kelly on her new show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.

Jones, Mike Cernovich, who the New Yorker last fall dubbed the “meme mastermind of the alt-right,” and who has emerged as an integral part of Infowars, well-sourced in the Trump administration, and Andrew Torba, the founder and CEO of the newish free speech social network Gab.ai, who was new to me, joined in the toast on an Infowars broadcast simultaneous with the airing of Kelly’s report on Jones based on her recent interview of him here in Austin.

Did Jones and company have reason to celebrate?

Maybe.

If you are a citizen in good standing of Jonestown and enjoy the Alex Jones Kool-Aid, there is probably nothing in last night’s report that will cause you to stop imbibing from that Dixie Cup of flavored water.

And, if, perhaps, you knew nothing about Jones but have been desperately looking for a madcap messiah who you can listen to four hours a day, six days a week, who will reveal to you, hour by hour, day after day, the way the world really works, then maybe last night was Kismet.

But, if you are not prone to conspiracy thinking, and you did not come to last night’s show with a strong sense of who Alex Jones is, my guess is that you were left with the impression that he is a dangerous crackpot with no regard for the truth or the damage his on-air theorizing can cause and the pain it can inflict.

And you may wonder, and even worry, about what is it about President Donald Trump and Alex Jones that has made the latter a trusted news source for the former.

Alex Jones is an interesting character. The fact that he has such a vast audience says something about something, and is worth trying to figure out.

But what really makes Alex Jones newsworthy and consequential is his influence on the president of the United States, who has all or our lives in his hands.

Megyn Kelly doesn’t, on her NBC show,  have the confidence and mojo she had when she was the Queen of Fox, back when she was confronting Donald Trump at the first Republican presidential.

But, as tentative and scripted as she sounded last night, ultimately, she had Alex Jones’ number.

From Hank Stuever at the Washington Post:

Megyn Kelly’s interview Sunday night with the bellicose conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was certainly dreaded, but, in execution, it was far from dreadful. Kelly, who has many miles to go before she finds her footing as a big-time newsmagazine anchor, can and has done worse.

To the slightest relief of decent people everywhere — some who may have been watching NBC’s “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” against their better nature — the host was tougher on Jones that she was with Russian President Vladimir Putin a couple of weeks ago. She challenged Jones, whose Infowars radio show and multimedia platform draw millions of followers, on some of his wildest and most dangerous assertions, including his statements that the 2012 massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., was an elaborate hoax.

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Unsettling as it may be to have to aired it at all, Kelly’s 20-minute segment on Jones and his influence (his fans include President Trump) seemed to have benefited greatly from the pre-criticism and brouhaha that swirled around it last week (one NBC-owned station declined to air it; an advertiser backed out), assuring that Kelly and her producers delivered a tightly edited, firmly reported, no-nonsense story about someone who tells dangerous lies. Kelly’s instincts here aren’t wrong: Viewers who don’t want to hear a single word from Jones need to know more about him and the people who believe him.

Rather than let Jones run away with it, “Sunday Night” let him show himself to be an impertinent, ill-informed, foulmouthed, possibly deranged egomaniac with a forehead constantly beaded in sweat. It showed viewers how Infowars grew and sustains itself by peddling right-wing merchandise and Jones-endorsed dietary supplements. It looked briefly back at Jones’s early days as just another cable-access kook in Austin, and revealed the flimsy, almost nonexistent definition of “research” (articles he and his staff find online) that sets the Infowars agenda.

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The segment didn’t rise to the vaunted effectiveness of the 1954 “See It Now” showdown between CBS’s Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joseph McCarthy, but, in the often selective memory bank of American culture, nothing ever will.

So yes, even as he was being exposed to a larger audience as a creepy and unseemly figure, Alex Jones and Infowars may also benefit from last night’s show and have reason to celebrate.

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Here’s how Megyn Kelly’s 17-minute report on Jones opened last night. (Transcript courtesy NBC via RealClear Politics.)

MEGYN KELLY: First tonight, our report on the incendiary radio host, Alex Jones. For years, Jones has been spreading conspiracy theories, claiming, for instance, that elements of the U.S. government allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen and that the horrific Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. Some thought we shouldn’t broadcast this interview because his baseless allegations aren’t just offensive, they’re dangerous. But here’s the thing: Alex Jones isn’t going away. Over the years, his YouTube channel has racked up 1.3 billion views. He has millions of listeners and the ear of our current president. We begin our report with his reaction to the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, England.

KELLY: ALEX JONES WAS NEARLY 5,000 MILES AWAY FROM MANCHESTER, ENGLAND WHEN A SUICIDE BOMBER KILLED 22 PEOPLE AT A CONCERT LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS AGO. DESPITE THE DISTANCE, AND WITH FEW FACTS KNOWN, JONES DID WHAT HE OFTEN DOES: JUMPED MOUTH-FIRST INTO CONTROVERSY.

ALEX JONES (May 22, 2017 YouTube video): A big bomb goes off at a pop star’s rock concert bombing a bunch of liberal trendies.

MEGYN KELLY: You said, “It was a bunch of liberal trendies who were killed, the same people who are promoting open borders, bringing Islamists in.

ALEX JONES: Yes.

MEGYN KELLY: In response to which, many people looked at the victims, many of whom were 15, 14. There was a little eight …

ALEX JONES: No. I’m sorry I didn’t blow ’em up. I know. But I did something bad, though?

MEGYN KELLY: No, that – that you …

ALEX JONES: Oh, no, no, no, no …

MEGYN KELLY: … would suggest that …

ALEX JONES: ‘cause …

MEGYN KELLY: … that an eight – that an eight-year-old, right? There was Saffie Rose Roussos, eight years old, that she was a liberal trendy, right? ‘Cause that’s what you said about the victims is what has people upset …

ALEX JONES: No, that’s – yeah, no, no. The media misrepresenting and clipping that the way you did. I got home at, like, 6:00, heard about it. The ages of the victims weren’t even known. But they were saying it was jihadi. And I said, “How crazy is it that liberal trendies are now the victims?” And then I start going and looking. Of course, if there’s kids being killed by Muslims, I’m not saying that it’s their fault.

MEGYN KELLY: THAT PATTERN: RECKLESS ACCUSATION, FOLLOWED BY EQUIVOCATIONS AND EXCUSES IS CLASSIC ALEX JONES.

That pretty much nails it.

Like President Trump, the narcissist in Alex Jones makes it impossible for him to ever truly admit he is or was ever wrong, or to genuinely apologize for anything he’s ever done.

From Jack Shafer at Politico: Megyn Kelly Pantses Alex JonesFor all the pre-interview fuss, NBC’s new star exposed the InfoWars host for what he is. But the controversy was never really about him.

When Kelly’s show finally aired, she took the mendacious Jones apart in such a textbook manner you had to wonder what all the shouting had been about. The Jones pattern, she said at the segment’s top, is making “reckless accusations followed by equivocations and excuses” when questioned. The two best examples of this are his promotion of the “Pizzagate“ lies about a satanic child porn ring and his wild allegation that Chobani was “importing Migrant Rapists,” as InfoWars hyped its report on Twitter. In both cases, lawsuits have forced Jones to retract and apologized for airing these dishonest stories, and yet in conversation with Kelly he still hedges and quibbles like a con artist in an effort to have his conspiracy pizza and keep his yogurt, too. Likewise with the pathetic claims about the Sandy Hook killings. He’s still throwing the see-through drapery of devil’s advocacy to blur the fact that on most subjects he’s talking out of his tinfoil hat.

Short of waterboarding him, I don’t know what more Kelly could have done to expose Jones’ dark methods. She was needlessly defensive in her presentation, acknowledging that some people thought the segment shouldn’t have been broadcast because it would increase Jones’ profile. But as she pointed out, Jones isn’t going away, and his audience is growing. What’s more, Jones “has the ear of our president,” and spurious things InfoWars says have a way of getting repeated by his phone-pal President Donald Trump, who has saluted the InfoWars host in the past. She didn’t take Jones down, but really, who could have in a newsmagazine segment? But she did do a credible job of exposing his lies. Give her a B+.

Megyn Kelly kept her eye on the ball – the ball being Jones’ connection to Trump.

MEGYN KELLY: HE AND HIS COMPANY, INFOWARS, HAVE BEEN STEADILY GAINING FOLLOWERS FOR YEARS, PRODUCING RADIO SHOWS AND WEBCASTS, WHICH REACH MILLIONS A MONTH. BUT JONES’ INFLUENCE HIT NEW HEIGHTS WHEN HE ATTRACTED A VERY FAMOUS FAN: THEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP.

DONALD TRUMP (On Alex Jones’ show December 2, 2015): I just want to finish by saying your reputation is amazing.

MEGYN KELLY: IN DECEMBER, 2015, MR. TRUMP APPEARED ON JONES’ RADIO PROGRAM, OFFERING PRAISE AND PROMISES.

DONALD TRUMP (On Alex Jones’ show December 2, 2015): I will not let you down. You will be very, very impressed I hope and I think we’ll be speaking a lot.

MEGYN KELLY: SEPARATELY, BOTH MEN HAD SUPPORTED THE FALSE STATEMENT THAT BARACK OBAMA WAS NOT A NATURAL-BORN CITIZEN. AND THEY’VE HAD MORE IN COMMON SINCE.

ALEX JONES (February 24, 2017): I agree with Trump on that. He agrees with me. And then we got articles, “he’s following Alex on coal.” “He’s following Alex on guns.” “He’s following Alex on borders.”

MEGYN KELLY: THE 2016 CAMPAIGN WAS GOOD FOR INFOWARS. ITS YOU TUBE MONTHLY VIEWS REACHED 83 MILLION IN NOVEMBER 2016, MORE THAN FIVE TIMES HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS NOVEMBER. AND WHEN MR. TRUMP WON, ALEX JONES FOUND HIMSELF WITH ACCESS TO THE SEAT OF POWER. INFOWARS GOT A TEMPORARY WHITE HOUSE PRESS PASS FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND JONES SAYS MR. TRUMP CALLED HIM AFTER THE ELECTION TO THANK HIM FOR HIS HELP.

MEGYN KELLY: You have said that it’s surreal to say something on Infowars and then hear it come out of the President of the United States’ mouth a couple days later.

ALEX JONES: I mean, that has happened. But, I mean …

MEGYN KELLY: Do you think he’s watching?

ALEX JONES: I mean, I know Trump watches and sees the clips and things.

MEGYN KELLY: WE DID FIND INDICATIONS OF THAT. ON JULY 22, 2015, INFOWARS PUT UP THIS VIDEO, CLAIMING IT SHOWED DRUG TRAFFICKING ALONG THE US-MEXICO BORDER. ALTHOUGH WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT ACTUALLY SHOWS.

INFOWARS REPORTER: We actually witnessed a drug smuggling operation from Mexico into the U.S. …

MEGYN KELLY: THREE DAYS LATER, MR. TRUMP GAVE THIS SPEECH IN IOWA.

DONALD TRUMP: Big story, it’s all over the place now – guys swimming across, and big bags of stuff, it’s drugs, swimming across the river.

MEGYN KELLY: THIS WAS INFOWARS PREVIEWING THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BETWEEN DONALD TRUMP AND HILLARY CLINTON.

ALEX JONES (September 25, 2016): I think she’s going to show up – on drugs though – she’s going to be whacked out.

MEGYN KELLY: AND MR. TRUMP’S TAKE NOT LONG AFTER:

DONALD TRUMP (October 15, 2016): We should take a drug test prior, because I don’t know what’s going on with her.

MEGYN KELLY: DONALD TRUMP ALLY AND FREQUENT INFOWARS GUEST ROGER STONE UNDERSCORED THE CONNECTION BETWEEN JONES AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN IN A TWEET LAST SPRING. IT READ: “MSM ELITES DON’T SEE THAT @REALALEXJONES AND @INFOWARS REACH MILLIONS OF @REALDONALDTRUMP SUPPORTERS AND HELPED MAKE THE TRUMP REVOLUTION.”

ALEX JONES (February 22, 2017): Donald Trump calls me. The secretary says, “Donald Trump would like to talk to you, Mr. Jones, would you like to talk to him? Yes, boom.”

MEGYN KELLY: WHILE JONES HAS BOASTED OF HIS CONTACT WITH THE PRESIDENT ON HIS RADIO SHOW, HE DOWNPLAYED IT IN HIS INTERVIEW WITH US, CLAIMING THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA, OR MSM, HAS EXAGGERATED THEIR CONNECTION.

ALEX JONES: I think my influence on Trump is way, way lower than what MSM has said.

MEGYN KELLY: Well, what kind of access do you have?

ALEX JONES: He’s just called sometimes and, you know, talked about politics or thanked me, stuff like that. That’s it.

MEGYN KELLY: Would you describe yourself as friends?

ALEX JONES: No.

MEGYN KELLY: Friendly?

ALEX JONES: Sure.

MEGYN KELLY: And how many times has he called you?

ALEX JONES: I don’t want to get into all that.

MEGYN KELLY: What is it, do you think, about Alex Jones that President Trump finds so amazing?

CHARLIE SYKES: That’s a scary question.

MEGYN KELLY: CHARLIE SYKES IS A CONSERVATIVE WRITER AND CONTRIBUTOR TO NBC NEWS. HE’S BEEN CRITICAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP.

CHARLIE SYKES: Obviously, there’s a conspiratorial turn in the president’s thinking and in his imagination. And those darker impulses are fed into by Alex Jones.

Jones greatest vulnerability with the broader public – the easiest way for his detractors to identify the careless, callous poison of his words – is his assertion that the  Sandy Hook shootings were a hoax.

He now offers mealy-mouthed explanations that he was merely playing the devil’s advocate by expressing the conspiracy theorizing of his listeners, that he was “war-gaming” the situation, that, yes, it was not a hoax, that children really died – probably, maybe, I don’t know – because he can never completely overcome his conspiratorial gut instinct, let alone genuinely express regret about the pain and anguish he caused.

Which is why his video message to Sandy Hook parents yesterday is truly breathtaking in its smarminess.

Watch this.

Alex Jones:

I woke up this morning, on Father’s Day, I was holding my young infant daughter in my arms, looking into her eyes, sitting out on the back porch, hearing the birds sing and it just brought tears to my eyes, thinking about all the parents who have lost children on Father’s Day or Mother’s Day, who have to then think about that. Parents should never have to bury their own children.

And that’s why on Father’s Day I want to reach out to the parents of the slain children of that horrible tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, and give you my sincere condolences.

I’d also like to reach out to any of the parents who lost a child at Newtown to invite them to contact me to open a dialogue because I think it’s really essential that we do that instead of letting the MSM (mainstream media) misrepresent things and really try to drive this nation apart.

Right now is a time for unity and peace in our country, I think now more than ever.

 

I can’t really think of anything in my experience quite as shameless as this.

I don’t think even President Trump could pull this off.

I can’t imagine a Sandy Hook parent watching this without becoming physically ill.

From last night’s show.

MEGYN KELLY: ALEX JONES REPEATEDLY CLAIMED THAT THE SHOOTING NEVER HAPPENED. HERE HE IS ON INFOWARS IN DECEMBER 2014.

ALEX JONES (on his show): It took me about a year with Sandy Hook to come to grips with the fact that the whole thing was fake.

MEGYN KELLY: You said, “The whole thing is a giant hoax. How do you deal with a total hoax? It took me about a year, with Sandy Hook, to come to grips with the fact that the whole thing was fake. I did deep research. And my gosh, it just pretty much didn’t happen.”

ALEX JONES: At that point, and I do think there’s some cover-up and some manipulation, that is pretty much what I believed. But then I was also going into devil’s advocate. But then we know there’s mass shootings, and these things happen. So again …

MEGYN KELLY: But you’re trying to have it all ways, right?

ALEX JONES: No, I’m not.

MEGYN KELLY: If you wrongly went out there and said it was a hoax, that’s wrong.

ALEX JONES: But what I already answered your question was, listeners and other people are covering this. I didn’t create that story.

MEGYN KELLY: But Alex, the parents, one after the other, devastated. The dead bodies that the coroner autopsied …

ALEX JONES: And they blocked all that. And they won’t release any of it. That’s unprecedented. Even …

MEGYN KELLY: All of the parents …

ALEX JONES: … even the reports.

MEGYN KELLY: … decided to come out and lie about their dead children?

ALEX JONES: I didn’t say that …

MEGYN KELLY: What happened to the children?

ALEX JONES: I will sit there on the air and look at every position and play devil’s advocate.

MEGYN KELLY: Was that devil’s advocate? “The whole thing is a giant hoax. The whole thing was fake.”

ALEX JONES: Yes. Because I remember, even that day, to go back from memory, then saying, “But then, some of it looks like it’s real.” But then what do you do, when they’ve got the kids going in circles, in and out of the building with their hands up? I’ve watched the footage. And it looks like a drill.

MEGYN KELLY: When you say, “parents faked their children’s death,” people get very angry.

ALEX JONES: Yeah, well, that’s – oh, I know. But they don’t get angry about the half million dead Iraqis from the sanctions. Or they don’t get angry about all the illegals pouring in …

MEGYN KELLY: That’s a dodge.

ALEX JONES: No, no. It’s not a dodge. The media never covers all the evil wars it’s promoted and all the big things …

MEGYN KELLY: That doesn’t excuse what you did and said about Newtown, and you know it …

ALEX JONES: Oh, but I – here’s the difference. Here’s the difference. I looked at all the angles of Newtown. And I made my statements long before the media even picked up on it.

MEGYN KELLY: IN OUR INTERVIEW, WE ASKED JONES NUMEROUS TIMES WHAT HE NOW BELIEVES. AND HE NEVER COMPLETELY DISAVOWED HIS PREVIOUS STATEMENTS.

ALEX JONES: I tend to believe that children probably did die there. But then you look at all the other evidence on the other side. I can see how other people believe that nobody died there.

MEGYN KELLY: OF COURSE, THERE IS NO “EVIDENCE ON THE OTHER SIDE.”

AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, THE NEWTOWN BOARD OF EDUCATION WROTE TO HIM, IMPLORING THE PRESIDENT TO TRY TO STOP JONES AND OTHER HOAXERS LIKE HIM, SAYING JONES CONTINUES TO SPREAD HATE AND LIES TOWARDS OUR TOWN.

ALMOST FOUR MONTHS LATER, ACCORDING TO THE BOARD CHAIRMAN, THE PRESIDENT HAS YET TO RESPOND. THE LIES ABOUT SANDY HOOK HAVE HAD REAL WORLD CONSEQUENCES.

JUST THIS MONTH, A FLORIDA WOMAN WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE MONTHS IN PRISON FOR SENDING DEATH THREATS TO A SANDY HOOK PARENT. HER DEFENSE ATTORNEY SAYS SHE WAS PRIMARILY MOTIVATED BY INFOWARS.

OTHER VICTIMS’ FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN HARASSED OR THREATENED, TOO. THE FAMILIES SAY THAT JONES’ WORDS HAVE CAUSED LASTING PAIN, AND THEY FEAR THE HARASSMENT WILL CONTINUE.

MEGYN KELLY: THE CONSEQUENCES OF JONES’ ACTIONS ARE NOT LIMITED TO SANDY HOOK. IN 2016, JONES PROMOTED A CONSPIRACY THEORY KNOWN AS “PIZZAGATE.” INFOWARS CLAIMED A CHILD SEX RING WAS BEING RUN BY DEMOCRATS OUT OF A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES, AND SPECIFICALLY POINTED TO A WASHINGTON D.C. PIZZERIA.

ALEX JONES (on his radio show): You got to go to Infowars.com and actually see the photos and videos inside these places.

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MEGYN KELLY: JONES ENCOURAGED HIS LISTENERS TO INVESTIGATE THE CASE THEMSELVES, AND ONE DID, BRINGING A SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE TO THE SHOP AND FIRING SEVERAL ROUNDS. NO ONE WAS HURT AND THE SHOOTER WAS ARRESTED. THE PIZZA SHOP OWNER WROTE A LETTER ASKING JONES TO APOLOGIZE. FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF A LAWSUIT, HE DID. ANOTHER APOLOGY CAME JUST THIS SPRING. CHOBANI YOGURT SUED JONES AFTER INFOWARS FANNED THE LIE THAT CHOBANI EMPLOYEES COMMITTED A SEXUAL ASSAULT IN IDAHO.

ALES JONES (May 17, 2017): On behalf of Infowars, I regret that we mischaracterized Chobani.

MEGYN KELLY: You misstated facts about Chobani and its owner, which you could’ve found out, if you just had a reporter do a little shoe-leather reporting, pick up the phone, call, check out the facts. You never would’ve had to retract that or apologize.

ALEX JONES: This is my statement on that. We know that that was, basically, a PR event. And what happens is you’ve got a year of reporting on the reported sexual assault.

MEGYN KELLY: All of which has nothing to do with Chobani.

ALEX JONES: Yeah. I know you’re not going to let me get it out, are you?

MEGYN KELLY: I’m going to let you get it out. I just want to make sure the record’s straight. ‘Cause I don’t want to smear the man. You are the one who said that you were wrong about Chobani. You said that.

ALEX JONES: Well, that’s because they chose to go after me. And so I simply pointed out that we were reporting on other people’s reports that were not entirely accurate. And for that, we were sorry. ‘Cause it was true.

MEGYN KELLY: You don’t sound very sorry.

ALEX JONES: I’m – well, the media said stuff about the settlement that wasn’t true.

MEGYN KELLY: But you said things about Chobani and its owner that were not true. Are you sorry?

ALEX JONES: I’m going to tell you again. There – the media really was upset that they said that it was a hoax …

MEGYN KELLY: It’s not the media …

ALEX JONES: And so what they did …

MEGYN KELLY: You …

ALEX JONES: And so what they did …

MEGYN KELLY: Are you sorry …

ALEX JONES: And so what they did – so what the media did, and we know it was the media, and we have the PIs and the law firms. And we’re working on it right now. Let’s just say Chobani was real happy to get out of that lawsuit.

MEGYN KELLY: BUT THE LAWSUIT MAKES CLEAR INFOWARS WAS THE ONLY MEDIA OUTLET TO REPORT THE LIE THAT FORCED JONES TO APOLOGIZE. AND WITH THAT APOLOGY CHOBANI CONSIDERS THE MATTER CLOSED.

But don’t let any of this confuse you.

Alex Jones is ever and always the victim.

https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones/status/876489419812777984

https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/876607354451763200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did Roger Stone elect Robert Morrow Travis County GOP chair? Only Roger Stone knows for sure.

 

Robert Morrow and Roger Stone at Brave New Books in November 2015.

Good day Austin:

Congratulations to James Dickey, who was elected Republican State Party chairman Saturday by a one-vote margin.

Dickey replaces Tom Mechler, who resigned two weeks earlier, precipitating the vote by the State Republican Executive Committee. Mechler evidently thought the short notice would give the edge to Rick Figueroa, his chosen successor. But Dickey got in quickly and ran a lightning campaign that took advantage of the fact that the SREC was split down the middle about Mechler and that there is an institutional aversion in the SREC to being told what to do.

With his victory, and his ascension to state party chair, Dickey can put behind him the ignominy of his defeat last year at the hands of Robert Morrow for the Travis County GOP chairmanship in the March 1, 2016 primary that made Morrow the perverse toast of Rachel Maddow as a mockery of the Texas Republican Party.

RACHEL MADDOW (HOST): Austin is a great place, it is a liberal place. Keep Austin weird, right? And that’s part of why I think it was a shock today in Austin, and maybe even in the rest of Travis County, Texas, when they woke up this morning and realized who Travis County Republicans had just elected as their new party chair.

[…]

That’s the new head of the Republican Party in Travis County, Texas, who was just elected last night. And he spent his election night promoting his book, with a series of tweets that are not necessarily showable on basic cable. I’m going to try. You may want to hide the children and also forgive me. This one started with the bush family deserving prison and ended, “Rick Perry is, was, a rampaging bisexual adulterer.” This one, I’m still trying to decide whether I can read this one about Hillary Clinton. Yeah. I can’t read that. Okay. This next one, this one’s about presidential timber, by which I do not mean lumber. This is a guy who will now be in charge of the Republican Party in the part of Texas where the governor lives, in the state capital. And local Republicans are not just seeing this as, you know, doing their part to keep Austin weird. Local Republicans are sort of losing their minds over what has just happened. Quote, “We have someone who ran here, who absolutely has no intention of serving the Republican Party with leadership and faithfulness. He is a total disaster.” “I will not rest until we remove him as chairman. He’s going to be an absolute embarrassment to the party.” Sometimes that happens in politics, right? And yeah, so sometimes that happens in politics, right? The establishment of a particular party wants a particular person and instead you get some fringe guy selling his conspiracy theories book and tweeting about presidential timber. Right. It happens. Sometimes. Sometimes an unexpected political rise comes with a bunch of other stuff the party would prefer not to have tagging along.

Well, these things happen.

The working theory of how Morrow beat Dickey is that most people don’t know for whom they are voting when it gets way down the ballot to chairman of the county party, and that this was especially true in 2016 because of droves of new voters drawn to the polls because of Donald Trump. In that context, it was thought, it proved decisive that Morrow’s name was listed first, and,  that for smirk-worthy reasons, given the choice, people will choose a Morrow over a Dickey.

Makes sense.

https://twitter.com/RobMorroLiberty/status/708026018850840576

Something similar happened in the 2014 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, in which Kesha Rogers, a follower of Lyndon LaRouche, the grandaddy of weird American conspiracy politics – kind of Alex Jones without the gravel in the throat and the glint in his eyes – managed to finish second and force a runoff against David Alameel, a well-heeled dentist.

As I wrote at the time:.

In a five-person field in the March 4 primary, Dr. David Alameel of Dallas won 240,000 votes, or 47 percent of all votes cast, to 110,000, or 22 percent for Rogers. Alameel, who made a fortune selling a chain of dental clinics he had built, spent $4.6 million, almost entirely his own money. Rogers spent $55,000.

It was a surprisingly strong performance considering Rogers’ top priority is impeaching President Barack Obama and her most attention-getting prop is her poster of Obama with a Hitler mustache. LaRouche considers Obama responsible for the “degeneration of the national mind” and called him “criminal trash” in a webcast this week.

One theory is that Rogers did well because she had the most familiar last name in a field of unknowns named Alameel, Fjetland, Kim and Scherr. Also, her first name — short for Lakesha — correctly identified her as both a woman and an African-American, important Democratic constituencies.

Anyway, Morrow’s election seemed an occasionally inevitable outcome of people casting votes in elections in which they really have no idea who is who, or what they stand for.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

But then, I was watching a live stream of a Friday evening forum in which Dickey and Figueroa answered questions from the SREC, and I was surprised by one of Dickey’s answers.

It’s here just past the 20-minute mark.

Q: Tell us of one of you greatest failures and how you overcame it.

Dickey:

So you may have hard heard that I lost an election once.

What you may not have heard is Robert Morrow, the guy  to whom I lost the election, who is a very colorful figure, he also co-wrote a book with Roger Stone.

 

You may remember Roger Stone. He was fired middle of last year by President Trump after having consulted a while for the campaign. Roger Moore, er, Roger Stone, did 20,000 robocalls to turn out Trump voters and ask them to vote for Trump and Morrow in the primary.

But that’s not really the important thing. The important thing is not, have you ever had something go bad. The important thing is how do you respond and what do you do. I could have slunk away, embarrassed, frustrated, annoyed

No, we changed things in the Travis County Republican Party and since then we have had the highest level of fundraising, half are new donors, increases in precinct chairs, three people wanting to set up to be chair.

We took that lemon and made some serious lemonade.

Very good.

But wait. I had never heard Dickey offer that explanation for why he lost to Morrow before. That seemed odd, because, if it were true, it was a lot better explanation for losing than simply that he was caught napping and lost to an eminently odd man with a superior ballot position and more pleasing surname.

I tweeted what he had said Saturday morning, and texted Roger Stone about it.

Stone responded with a tweet, seemingly denying responsibility.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/870991668320841728

But I recalled that Stone had sent a gloating tweet just after Morrow’s election, in which he took credit for Morrow’s victory with a reference to Caligula, who, were the prime space on Stone’s back not already occupied by Richard Nixon, might have merited consideration.

Roger Stone’ back from the documentary Get Me Roger Stone.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/705599144698642432

When I arrived at the Wyndham Garden Hotel about an hour later for the SREC meeting I asked Dickey about the Stone robocall claim. He said it was the first time he had raised it and that was because another Stone tweet from right after the 2016 primary election had just been brought to his attention.

It turned out his source for the claim that Roger Stone had arranged for 20,000 Trump-Morrow robocalls was none other than Roger Stone.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/705146681415831556

In other words, the source for the assertion that Roger Stone was denying was Roger Stone.

The question is which Roger Stone to believe.

Quite conveniently, Robert Morrow – who had also announced for state party chair but didn’t have  a member of the SREC to place his name in  nomination – was only a few feet away in the Wyndham lobby, so I put the question to him.

Morrow:

With Roger Stone, as regard to what he says, you don’t take it with a grain of salt, you take it with a pillar of salt. So Stone never sent those robocalls.

https://twitter.com/RobMorroLiberty/status/871039078694768640

It would seem Morrow would have known if Stone had arranged for 20,000 robocalls on his behalf.

It also seems as if Dickey would have known at the time if 20,000 Republican voters in Travis County had received robocalls asking them to vote for Donald Trump and Robert Morrow.

So, it would seem the odds are that there were no such robocalls.

I texted Stone again, pointing out that the source of Dickey’s claim – the claim Stone had denied – was Stone’s own post-election tweet about the robocalls.

“Which may or may not even be true,” Stone replied.

I told him that I had come up with an alternative definition of the Stone Zone:

The Stone Zone: A murky place of indefinite blame or credit designed to enhance the reputation of Roger Stone and keep people guessing about just what he is capable of.

I reported to Stone that Morrow said there were no robocalls.

Stone:

If Morrow said something is not true, the odds that it is (true) are overwhelming. The rest is disinformation, rumour or a cover-up to mask the facts – I can’t remember which.”

(I liked Stone’s British spelling of rumor, which suggested his Roger Moore/James Bond persona.)

Gone were the halcyon Stone-Morrow days, such as they were, as when I attended their book talk and signing for the Clinton book at Brave New Books in November 2015.

The book had some consequence in the Trump-Clinton election.

As I wrote then:

I think the Clinton campaign is depending on Stone’s and Morrow’s approach and reputation to inoculate them from suffering the ill-effects of The Clintons’ War on Women.

But Stone intends to raise money to make ads in which some of Clinton’s victims will tell their stories.

There will be women, different kinds of women, who will be saying that Bill Clinton sexually abused them.  Should that happen, those ads may be far harder to dismiss than the book, particularly in the new age of Cosby.

In her introduction to The Clintons’ War on Women, Kathleen Willey concludes:

In this book, you will learn that the Clintons are not the ambassadors of goodwill and progressivism you might think they are. And even though Hillary portrays herself as a champion for the rights of women and girls, she is not fighting for the best interests of women. She is the war on women. The stories of everyone who has been hurt by the Clintons deserve to be told.

The Stone-Morrow book turned into the Trump playbook at a crucial juncture in the campaign. After the release of the Trump Access Hollywood grab them by the … tape, Trump turned to a very Roger Stone tactic and held a press conference ahead of the second presidential debate with four of the women who had accused Bill Clinton of improper sexual behavior with them, and then had those women seated in the audience for the debate.

It was also on that visit to Austin that, as I wrote then, On Alex Jones’s radio show Monday, the host seemed pleasantly nonplussed when Stone suggested he would hook Jones up with Trump as a guest on his show because he thought they would hit it off.

Stone delivered on that promise soon after.

In the meantime, Stone’s odd couple relationship with Morrow soon began to deteriorate.

And, when Morrow turned against Trump with a vengeance in the spring of 2016, that was that.

https://twitter.com/RobMorroLiberty/status/864630394787954688

https://twitter.com/RobMorroLiberty/status/748593035877851137

When Trump came to Austin for a rally in August, Morrow, who at the time was  chairman of the Travis County Republican party, was there – for a while.

https://twitter.com/lkeapproth/status/768229089849114624

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/768271682704400384

 

I witnessed that protracted scene. I was actually talking to Morrow when security came over and told him he had to leave. But I had no idea that it came at Stone’s direction.

Or did it?

I texted Stone Saturday asking how it was that he, wherever he was that day, was able to get Morrow removed …. at my direction.

“Simple,” he replied. “I’m Roger Stone.”

Classic.

BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel recently did a great podcast with the four directors of the documentary Get Me Roger Stone, who admire Stone’s genius and abhor his baleful impact on American politics.

What It’s Like To Spend Six Years With Roger Stone On a special episode of No One Knows Anything, we talk to Morgan Pehme, Dylan Bank, and Daniel DiMauro, the directors of the new Netflix documentary, Get Me Roger Stone.

On a special episode of No One Knows Anything, we talk to Morgan Pehme, Dylan Bank, and Daniel DiMauro, the directors of the new Netflix documentary, Get Me Roger Stone.

It ends with Warzel asking the ultimate question about Stone: Can he really take credit/blame for the things he takes credit/blame for, or is it all just bluff and self-promotion.

Warzel:

 Yeah, he might always be in the room but his influence is sometimes unclear. Is it just that he is really good at being in that room where the things happen or is he the one who is constantly the actual change agent?

Where did you guys come down on that line? Is he the guy who is in the rom and he’s just sort of saying he’s in the room and he’s making some stuff up, or is he, anytime he is the room,  the actual agent of change?

The answer from one of the directors (and this being a podcast I’m not sure which one) was:

Roger never met a scandal he didn’t like and we’re living in this Russia hearing world where it’s very difficult to tell  whether Roger had anything to do with it, whether he knew  any advance knowledge  or whether he just bragged that maybe he did and it’s coming to bite him in the ass, but it doesn’t’ really bit him in the ass  because he’s on TV and we’re talking about him aren’t we.

And Roger has the uncanny ability to either find himself in the room  saying the nefarious things, or people thought he was the guy in the room saying the nefarious things and he’s more than happy to take any sort of credit that he can.

As to Stone and Trump’s Russia connection, I wrote a First Reading about getting together with Stone last week at the Russian House in Austin, where he could, in essence, troll U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and who has raised questions about Stone’s role – which Stone says is baseless – as the potential go-between between Trump World, WikiLeaks and the Russians.

But looking back at the November 2015 First Reading on his book talk at Brave New Books I was struck by the ending.

I left Brave New Books Saturday night for the Continental Club to see the Siberian surf rockers, Igor and the Red Elvises, here performing, “I worked at Taco Bell; She worked at KGB.”

I thought Stone might be intrigued, but he had other equally exciting Saturday night plans – “a burger with a bunch of Birchers.”

Meanwhile, Stone, who will be anchoring an expanded nighttime broadcast of Infowars from Austin and Miami beginning in July, was on with Jones here in Austin last week when Jones announced that Megyn Kelly, who debuted her new NBC show last night with an interview with Vladimir Putin, was coming to Austin this week to interview Jones. (Something NBC has not yet confirmed but seems entirely plausible.)

https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones/status/870492925645340672

Roger Stone tangos in Austin. Will anchor Infowars by night. May let a flat.

 

 

Good morning Austin:

It looks like Roger Stone may soon be living in Austin, at least part-time, to anchor a nightly show on Infowars as Alex Jones expands his broadcast schedule and strengthens his ability to gain scoops straight from the Trump White House.

“Soon, it’s five nights a week with Roger Stone. You heard it here first folks,” Jones said on his show yesterday.

Stone, who lives in Florida and has a place in New York, confirmed for me that he is ironing out details with Jones and that he may take an apartment in Austin as he expands his role on Infowars

Beginning with the 2016 presidential election, Roger Stone has become a close political friend and ally of Alex Jones and his frequent collaborator – in person and remotely – on Infowars.

Stone came to Austin for most of a week back in April to help fill in for Jones during Jones’  child custody trial, with his ex-wife, Kelly Jones.

Roger in the Rotunda. Photo courtesy Greg Lewis.

Stone was back for three days of doing shows with Jones in mid-May.

On the last night of that stay, Stone called to see if I wanted to get dinner. Jones, he said, had him on an all-Mexican diet and he was ready for a steak.

We met at Perry’s Steakhouse.

Stone looked good but exhausted, as one might after spending three days with Alex Jones.

 

Stone was revived by a Stoli martini, steak tartare, wedge salad, New York strip, double Espresso and a good cigar.

I walked Stone back to his hotel. It was near the Russian House, a favorite spot of mine, and I recommended it to Stone, who has been implicated, he says without a shred of actual evidence, by those investigating the relationship between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Stone has volunteered – really demanded –  to testify publicly before Congress without necessity of a subpoena.

The walls of the Russian House are replete with images of Russian politics and history.

 

Better yet, as you walk in the door there, on the right, is a selection of Russian military garb – coats and hats – guests can dress up in.

Stone had work to do, so I went to the Russian House by myself that night.

Stone was back in Austin this week, filling in for Jones who was back at the Travis Country Courthouse for a post-trial,follow-up hearing with Judge Orlinda Naranjo Tuesday.

Alex Jones’ attorneys are seeking to set aside the jury verdict granting Kelly the status of primary parent in the joint custody of their three children, meaning that for the first time since before their 2015 divorce, the children will live with her and visit their father, rather than the other way around.

Naranjo did not hold a hearing on that motion Tuesday.

That night Stone texted me to see if I wanted to join him for dinner with Rick Derringer – who was his guest on Infowars that day – at Uncle Julios.

I couldn’t make dinner and Stone suggested drinks afterward at the Russian House, and so we met there.

 

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/869734071366066177

Stone dressed up.

He posed next to a Russian bear.

Under a hammer and sickle.

And by a Nixonian caricature of Leonid Brezhnev, and a photo of Brezhnev kissing East German leader Erich Honecker.

The Nixon tattoo on Stone’s back. From the documentary, Get Me Roger Stone.

It was tango Tuesday at the Russian House.

It was an intense scene.

These tango dancers are serious and in the zone.

After a brisk discussion with self-described “conspiracy factualist” Elizabeth Everett, on whether Antonin Scalia was murdered, and didn’t die in his sleep, at a West Texas ranch, Stone and Everett tangoed

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/869958124848861184

Stone was back on Infowars yesterday – with Alex Jones and Mike Cernovich, along with Stone another part of the developing Infowars lineup who is also well sourced in Trumpland.- and then hosting the last hour by himself.

Alex Jones:

Roger Stone is here in Austin. He is going to be in studio with us.

Why is Roger Stone here?

Because I am planning to launch in the next month and a half – I’ve just got to set an absolute deadline to go with it, I’ve got to come up with the names of the shows, and all the people in place, the equipment – to launch, basically, a TV network.

We’ve already got the satellites and some cable and some TV stations picking us up. But cable TV that’s in a talk radio format, something that I launched, 15, 16, 17 years ago, that’s basically tailored to talk radio.

So that’s what’s going on, that’s what’s being built, that’s what’s being set up.

Cernovich is going to have his own show, Stone’s going to have his own show, David Knight’s going to have his own show, Owen Shroyer’s going to have his own show, and they’re going to be somewhat roundtables for part of it because a lot of our hosts will be remote, but will also be anchored by professional stuff, with HD audio and video here in Austin, Texas.

We’re about to upgrade everything here in Austin, Texas. We’ve got a new, huge half million dollar studio going in, just the studio. Another quarter million in equipment – that sounds like a lot but that’s cheap to build a TV studio.

But these are nice and we’re really making a run at them. So I’m so excited and I know in my heart and my spirit that this Kathy Griffin, CNN is a terrorist organization meme is going take over. And again, it’s not just CNN, it’s any MSM, you want to target. They’re all in on it.

Here is an explanation of that meme and Jones’ new contest, the brainchild of Cernovich.

Remember during the 2016 presidential election, the establishment media tried to falsely manufacture stories about Trump being a sexual predator.

We knew it was essential that we point out that this tactic was simply a projection because the Clintons knew their big weaknesses were Bill Clinton’s sexual predatory past and Hillary Clinton’s history of defending rapists and child molesters when she was a lawyer.

That is why we launched the “Bill Clinton is a Rapist” operation, which became one of the main pivot points in the campaign.

Now we the American people, sick and tired of the bullying fake news media and their war on free speech and independent press, are standing up to this intimidation.

We encourage everyone to not just hold up signs to point out that CNN is ISIS and that MSM are terrorists, but to also use this campaign as an example to point out when mainstream media and entertainment writers, editors and hosts are calling for violence against Trump and against his supporters for simply only trying to make America great again.

Here’s the contest rules and here’s to our famous “Bill Clinton is a Rapist” successes. I salute you all; happy hunting!

CNN is ISIS contest!

We want you to win and do not want to create a bunch of boring rules. We also don’t want to play games. If you make a good effort, that might get you a prize.

$1,000 prize for anyone who is seen on TV with a “œCNN is ISIS” t-shirt or sign.

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From yesterday’s show:

Cernovich:

The media now if they could push a button and kill all of your children they would in a second, they hate us. They hate us.

Jones:

And by the way, Cernovich is not just saying this. The left are mentally ill people. Losers, scum and sociopathic and psychopathic elites. They want to conquer us. They see us as schmucks that want open free societies. They see us as jokes who actually care about free markets and actually care about people’s freedom. They are affiliated with authoritarianism because they worship at the dark altar of tyranny.

 

Alex Jones:

This is an historic fact. But they want a war? Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war?

They want to kill the Republic. Well the ghost of our king, Jesus, is now ravenously walking, you know, the battlefields of the mind, and they have sown the wind, they are now reaping the whirlwind politically. They hope for violence because they are intellectually losing the war of ideas with us.

Cernovich:

All that pro-pedophilia stuff comes from the left as well. Pro pedophilia, pro terrorist, pro broken homes. We can now declare the left as a death cult. This is 100 percent fact. They worship death.S

 

Stone on Kathy Griffin:

This just shows you how sick Hollywood has become, how sick the Hollywood-New York axis has become.

Yesterday we had the rock legend, Rick Derringer, with us. He and his wife described how they  have been snubbed, insulted and abused, all because of their support for Donald Trump,  by the Hollywood left, by the entertainment industry. Instead you get freaks like this getting incredible coverage.

Alex Jones:

Exactly. And it’s been in the news. I heard about it years ago. But I’ve had top producers visit me, I mean guys who put on shows on television that have budgets of $150 million. I mean people bigger than Chris Carter, I’ll just leave it at that, and they’re in secret societies and have to have secret, conservative libertarian meetings in LA, in Houston and other places, and I’ve been invited to them, and I said, “Yeah, maybe, sure sometime, I’m pretty busy.” I’m not snubbing them, I just don’t have time to go to secret right-wing meetings, whatever.

Alex Jones:

But it just shows how crazy this country has gotten that people that have made hundreds of millions of dollars – they are not even conservatives, they’re just libertarians. Like Kurt Russell’s one of the few guys who said, “You know I like George Washington, I like America, I like freedom, I’m not liberal, I’m not conservative, but they won’t allow me to be who I am. They call me a right-winger and I’m sick of it, and the Second Amendment’s a good thing.”

And all these rich people have bodyguards, but they don’t want the public to have it. It’s a load of crap, and they try to get him in trouble. The truth is most people in Hollywood are libertarians. It’s the big producers and the Democratic Party that run it, that use it for propaganda, that threaten them with their jobs, if they don’t stay on the plantation.

Jones claims an ongoing relationship with President Trump, including Trump calling him on his Hawaii honeymoon  just before his inauguration, to congratulate Jones on his recent wedding, and offering to come back on the show, an offer that Jones said he declined because he thought it would be used against Trump.

Yesterday, Jones said that when he’s on the phone with the president, Trump is so quick and in touch that “he finishes my sentences for me.”

Credit that as you may, but with Cernovich and Stone officially on board, Infowars will undoubtedly generate some real news out of the White House – or at least some informed speculation, with potentially unsettling consequences for those who prefer to dismiss Infowars as fake news, period.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/869461571902332928

From Oliver Darcy at CNN:

Two of the Internet’s most notorious right-wing provocateurs are joining forces.

Mike Cernovich, a self-described “New Right” Internet personality, will begin regularly hosting part of “The Alex Jones Show” on InfoWars, a far-right media organization known for peddling unfounded conspiracy theories.

Cernovich, a 39-year-old lawyer from California, who guest hosted some segments on InfoWars last month, will host the fourth hour of Jones’ show once a week, starting today, but moving to Friday afternoons the following week, a representative for InfoWars told CNN.

While Cernovich will only initially be hosting an hour each week, the elevation to InfoWars host represents the meteoric rise in his profile over the past year.

Cernovich was an obscure writer and blogger before first surfacing on the political scene last year as a staunch supporter of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He gained notoriety as an online troll who peddled conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health, among other things, frequently drawing ire from both conservatives and liberals alike for making inflammatory comments on a host of issues.

Cernovich has since amassed a large and highly engaged online following and even appeared to cultivate White House sources which have seemingly produced scoops. For instance, a small handful of stories he’s published in recent weeks have later been corroborated by more established news organizations, resulting in praise from the White House. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, recently tweeted out a link to Cernovich’s Medium page. Donald Trump Jr. said he deserved the Pulitzer Prize.

And now he’s one of the first online right-wing trolls of the 2016 election cycle to take his act professional, if not quite mainstream. InfoWars and its founder Alex Jones spread conspiracy theories, but are also carried by 200 radio stations across the country, and visited by millions of readers online each month.

“I look forward to breaking huge stories on InfoWars,” Cernovich told CNN. “Although I enjoy political commentary, breaking news is even more important these days, and InfoWars is a great platform with a massive audience of news and information addicts.”

While Cernovich may break some news, he certainly does not do so in the traditional sense. In the stories he’s authored that have checked out, he’s played loose with the facts and applied a partisan spin to advance a narrative. In others, he’s made wild claims without sufficient evidence to support them.

Jones is similar. President Trump may have praised his reputation as “amazing,” but the radio and television personality is arguably the nation’s leading conspiracy theorist, if not the world’s. He posited that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, contended the US government was behind the September 11 terror attacks, and has advanced over the years a number of other unfounded conspiracy theories.

In many ways, the marriage between Cernovich and InfoWars is a perfect fit. Both represent a brand of journalism perhaps best comparable to the National Enquirer. Each hawks sensational and often wildly inaccurate or misleading stories to their audiences, but mixes them in with a smattering of items that appear to hold some water.

Such a strategy helps create a defense against critics who categorize InfoWars and Cernovich under the so-called “fake news” umbrella. While most of their reports may not be accurate, they can point to legitimate scoops corroborated by mainstream news outlets as evidence they should be trusted on everything else they report, blurring the lines for news consumers.

The move for Cernovich to join forces with InfoWars may foreshadow further coalescing in a far-right universe that had thus far largely been composed of loosely affiliated allies. That has already been happening to some extent. Earlier this year, InfoWars hired Jerome Corsi, a far-right bestselling author, to serve as its Washington bureau chief. Roger Stone, a longtime Republican political operative who in the past served as an adviser to Trump, regularly fills in as a host for Jones.

It also signals a splintering from the more traditional conservative media industrial complex. While Cernovich and other right-wing provocateurs share viewers with outlets like Fox News, they’ve drawn on an entirely different infrastructure to get their messages out — one which appears to be growing larger and stronger by the day.

And from Charlie Warzel, the Buzzfeed reporter who I met when he came to Austin to cover the Alex Jones trial, and finish his Jones profile.

As he writes here, What Happens When The Pro-Trump Media Get Actual Scoops? Major scoops by former trolls have short-circuited the bullshit detector of the mainstream media.

Last March, in a 60 Minutes segment on fake news, CBS’s Scott Pelley introduced a vast new audience to Mike Cernovich, touting the pro-Trump blogger and self-help author as a troll “who has become a magnet for readers with a taste for stories with no basis in fact.” For viewers at home, it was a reassuring characterization: Cernovich, who championed rumors of Hillary Clinton’s poor health during the final months of the election, was a troll masquerading as a journalist — fake news through and through.

But the early months of the Trump administration have proven Pelley wrong; certainly, they’ve complicated the once black-and-white characterization of the pro-Trump media as purveyors of fake news. In recent weeks especially, the pro-Trump media has frequently seized control of the political news cycle via an unexpected tactic: real and, at times, well-sourced reporting.

Since April, Cernovich has broken a number of significant national security stories, many of which have been subsequently confirmed — at least in part — by mainstream outlets. In early April, he correctly reported that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice had requested to unmask the identities of Trump associates. Days later, Cernovich tweeted, “Breaking news! Possible air strikes by the U.S. in Syria tonight” just 30 minutes before President Trump authorized the evening’s attack. He followed that up with another story that the national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, had drawn up a potential plan to bring ground troops into Syria. A number of details in the story were confirmed days later by Bloomberg.

And the scoops kept coming. Cernovich, an expert self-promoter, even took a victory lap with a Medium post titled “7 Stories Mike Cernovich Had Before the Mainstream Media — How Can They Call Him ‘Fake News’?”

The question in the headline is one that’s legitimately vexing, especially for the reporters who’ve been forced to follow, read, and react to the torrent of tweets, videos, and posts Cernovich churns out. Big scoops by personalities who rose to prominence online by crossing the line into trolldom have short-circuited a mainstream-media bullshit detector that once spotted fake news by bylines alone. “He’s definitely really sourced up in DC, and it’s mind-boggling,” one White House reporter told BuzzFeed News.

Cernovich himself appears to be taken aback by his new role near the center of the political news cycle. “It’s kinda surreal actually,” Cernovich told BuzzFeed News.

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All of this is uncharted territory. The implications of legitimized, proudly ideological former trolls breaking news and gaining trust could further blur the lines between fact and fiction and lend credence to their older, provably false stories, like Pizzagate. Still, dismissing this emerging pro-Trump media outright could prove perilous for newsrooms. Especially in traditional conservative media, Cernovich and company’s national security sources are potentially worrisome for outlets that might have expected better access in a Republican White House. Alex Jones seemed to sense this when he snatched up Cernovich late last month for a regular hosting spot on Infowars.

And no one’s political relationship with Trump is longer or deeper than Stone’s.

https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/870052648380018688

From Lizza’s piece:

On May 11th Roger Stone, Donald Trump’s on-again, off-again political adviser for several decades, had just wrapped up a pair of morning television appearances when, according to two sources with direct knowledge, he received a call from the President.

Just a night earlier, Trump claimed that he was no longer in touch with Stone. In the weeks and months ahead, the relationship between Trump and Stone is expected to be a significant focus of investigators, and their call raises an important question: Why is the President still reaching out to figures in the middle of the Russia investigations? Previous reports have noted that Trump has also been in touch with Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, two figures targeted by the F.B.I.’s Russia probe. Add Stone to the list of former top Trump aides who, despite being under investigation, are still winning attention from the President.

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Stone has been through this cycle many times over. As Stone left the studio on May 11th, the President, who the evening before had essentially pretended not to know him anymore, had a simple message: good job.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/870062782057783296

With Stone officially in the Infowars fold it seems only a matter of time before Trump does the show again.

Maybe the president will even come to Austin and do it live.

And maybe if and when Donald Trump comes to Austin, he’ll stop for a drink at the Russian House.

Russian House bartender  Giovanni Colapietro,

I mean, with more than 50 different types of vodka and 101 infused vodkas, why wouldn’t he?

Oh, wait, the president doesn’t drink.

Well, there’s always the Ukrainian borscht.

I’ve had it a few times. It’s quite good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amid Comey’s firing, a glimpse inside the Trump-Stone-Jones Zone.

Roger Stone, with Alex Jones, leads chant of “lock her up” outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. From Netflix doc, “Get Me Roger Stone.”

 

Good day Austin:

There is no more prized real estate on Twitter than @realDonaldTrump and yesterday morning, amid the enormous blowback from his firing late in the day Tuesday of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump devoted 140 characters at the  prime tweeting time of  7:57 a.m.  to instantly distance himself from a report that Comey’s firing came on the personal recommendation of Roger Stone.

Next thing, the president is going to be saying he doesn’t talk to Alex Jones either.

Which wouldn’t be true.

According to Alex Jones.

And Roger Stone.

From Media Matters for America, which describes itself as “comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” and closely tracks Austin’s Alex Jones and his Infowars broadcasts.

Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, said that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks to the president “from time to time.”

Jones has claimed that the government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and the tragedies at Sandy Hook, Columbine, Oklahoma City, and the Boston Marathon, among others.

Jones has repeatedly bragged about his access to Trump since the election. Jones said Trump called to “thank” his audience following his win; stated that Trump once called “like three times in a row”; said, “I talk to the president and I talk to people who talk to the president every day”; apologized to Trump for missing his phone calls; claimed Trump or his sons watch his videos and show “every night”; and said that the president calls him up to ask if he’s “happy” with his performance.

Stone is also a disreputable conspiracy theorist who is a regular contributor to Jones’ program and helped set up Trump’s December 2015 appearance on Jones’ show. Jones said today that his outlet Infowars has been given a weekly White House press pass and “we’re pending getting our regular passes.” 

Stone appeared on the April 30 edition of The Jamie Weinstein Show and said that Trump speaks to Jones “from time to time”:

Jones has been all over the Comey story.

From yesterday’s show: “But it’s also the fact that Comey is seen as weak and as very, very manipulative but in a candy ass way. “Lordy, lordy. Lordy, lordy. I didn’t know. Oh my goodness, I had two doors I could go down. I had one door that was coverup and another door that was get involved in the politics and lordy, lordy.’”

But it is no surprise that Jones is all over the Comey story, because Jones is all over every story, especially involving Trump, with whom, as Media Matters notes, he suggests he has regular contact, both direct and indirect.

https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones/status/862177402956517376

https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones/status/862650744129892355

We may never know exactly how much one-on-one contact, or actual influence, Alex Jones has had with Donald Trump – unless and until those supposed (by Stone, Jones and Trump) wiretaps on Trump are released.

But in the meantime, it is clear that Jones and Stone are tight, and that for Jones, Stone was the crucial connection between him and Trump, and that Stone continues, in personal conversations with Jones and regular appearances on Infowars, to be the major source for Jones on what Trump is thinking and what is going on inside Trumpland.

And for Stone, who wrote in his book, The Making of the President 2016, that Alex Jones and his Infowars’ umbrella of radio shows, YouTube and Facebook broadcasts, Internet website and tweets turned out to be Trump’s secret weapon, Jones continues to be his go-to megaphone to Jones’ vast audience.

Indeed, of all the places Stone, who created Trump as a political persona many years ago, could have been Election Night 2016, he was side-by-side with Jones in his Austin studio, where they toasted their hero’s improbable victory.

 

If there were any doubt about the Stone-Jones bond, it was put to rest during Jones’ recent child custody trial in Austin when Stone spent most of the first week of the trial in Austin to do some filling in for the court-bound Jones hosting Infowars and building around that an itinerary of book events and speaking engagements in and around Austin, including this appearance before the Lake Travis Republican Club.

Stone talked a bit about Comey at that event. Here is a transcript thanks to the Statesman’s Rachel Rice, who was there.

June last year, my email and my phone conversations and text messages were being monitored because of my “collusion” with the Russians. I have never been to Russia, I have never spoken to anybody in the last 2 years from Russia, I have no contacts in Russia but I do understand why this phony argument is being used to try to delegitimize and destabilize our president.

See the Democrats can’t admit we nominated a lousy candidate who was out of energy, out of ideas and epically corrupt. Therefore there had to be some other factor. As we now know, the reason they are so desperate to find some link between the Russian state and the Trump campaign, which I believe does not exist, because that is the rationale, the legal justification to surveil Trump associates and aids at trump tower.

The FBI director and the former NSA director testified under oath in the House intelligence committee that there was no surveillance at Trump Tower. That is a lie, and they called that perjury. That’s why they’re so desperate to prove this – because if they don’t prove it then what will become clear Trump and his aides were under surveillance for political reasons. Folks, that’s Watergate – times 10 – because that’s the utilization of government assets to spy on your political opponents. Which is why they won’t drop this nonsensical charge that the Trump campaign was in touch with the Russians.

Stone also did a book signing and talk at a Speaking of Liberty Toastmasters gathering at Big Daddy’s Burgers & Bar in North Austin.

Stone also made time for a visit to the Capitol and a little time talking to legislators.

Here are some photos, courtesy Greg Lewis of Lubbock, Stone’s right-hand man, or one of them anyway.

Stone and Sen. Bryan Hughes. When I told Hughes I had a photo of Stone stifling a yawn talking to him, Hughes said that happens to him all the time.
Roger Stone and Sen. Dawn Buckingham
Roger Stone and Rep. Dustin Burrows

The Comey firing has sharpened attention on Stone’s zone of influence for reasons that are a little puzzling to me.

After all, Stone was very public for a very long time about the need to fire Comey. Stone’s longstanding relationship with Trump is hardly a secret. For all the suspicions Stone has aroused, I doubt that any of the Russia stuff is going to stick to Stone. And why does it matter so much if Stone personally entreated Trump to fire Comey?

And also, why, after decades together, wouldn’t we assume that Stone and Trump have achieved a kind of Vulcan Mind Meld.

https://twitter.com/StoneColdTruth/status/862068406245261313?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcmgstatesmanpolitics.wordpress.com%2Fwp-admin%2Fpost.php%3Fpost%3D7690%26action%3Dedit

Stone has played it typically cagey.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/862294168915374080

But that laid nothing to rest. On the contrary. Which is all to the good for Stone.

While Mr. Trump publicly insisted that he had confidence in Mr. Comey, the hostility toward the F.B.I. director in the West Wing in recent weeks was palpable, aides said, with advisers describing an almost ritualistic need to criticize the Russia investigation to assuage an anxious and angry president.

Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime informal adviser to Mr. Trump who has been under F.B.I. scrutiny as part of the Russia inquiry, was among those who urged the president to fire Mr. Comey, people briefed on the discussions said.

Mr. Trump denied on Twitter on Wednesday morning that he had spoken to Mr. Stone about the F.B.I. director, and Mr. Stone declined to describe his interactions with the president in an interview. But two longtime Trump associates with knowledge of the matter said the two had recently discussed their dissatisfaction with Mr. Comey and his inquiry.

Whatever the specifics, Mr. Stone ultimately reflected the president’s view of Mr. Comey. As Mr. Stone put it shortly after the dismissal became public on Tuesday, “There was a sense in the White House, I believe, that enough was enough when it came to this guy.”

And so, this morning Roger Stone was front and center – appearing on CNN’s New Day  with Chris Cuomo for more than 16 minutes (!) and on the Today Show for more than 6 minutes – all about whether or not he persuaded Donald Trump, president of the United Sates, to fire the director of the FBI, and whether or not President Trump was lying when he tweeted that he had “not spoken to Roger in a long time.”

Well, Roger replied on CNN, “I won’t characterize private conversations [w/ Trump]. I’m a memo writer, there are ways to communicate besides the telephone.”

As to “a long time,” that would depend on what the meaning of  long is  which, I think it is fair to say, for Trump, the way his life is these days, could be 24 hours, or less.

Oh, and by the way, on both shows, Stone promoted Get Me Roger Stone, the new documentary about him out on Netflix on Friday.

The documentary was not made by Stone and is not necessarily positive, but Stone is happy with it regardless, bringing one of the filmmakers onto the Today Show with him this morning, where, getting a rare word in edgewise, the filmmaker noted helpfully that Stone “sometimes takes credit for things he hasn’t done,” even if those are things that most people wouldn’t take credit for.

From yesterday’s review from Alissa Wilkinson at Vox:

Roger Stone shows up everywhere in American politics — as journalist Jeffrey Toobin puts it early on in the new Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone, he’s the “sinister Forrest Gump of American politics,” popping up everywhere from Watergate to the Trump campaign.

If you think this is overblown lefty rhetoric, think again: Stone wears such monikers like a badge of honor. Get Me Roger Stone traces the history of American conservatism from Nixon’s downfall to Donald Trump’s victory in 2016. And while it brings in talking heads to add background — New Yorker writers Toobin and Jane Mayer, who have intimate knowledge of the history, along with Fox News personality Tucker Carlson — its main narrator is Stone himself, who has no qualms about what he’ll say on camera.

Stone portrays himself as a dandy and a dirtbag, a sleazeball who embodies the rage and drive for fame that’s at the heart of the worst corners of American politics. He’s an Infowars regular and an object of some marvel and fear to everyone, even those on his political side. He has principles, but they’re entirely in service of staying in the public eye; he calls them “Stone’s rules,” and sprinkles them throughout the film. One such rule: “It is better to be infamous than to never be famous at all.” Another: “Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.”

The trailer begins with Trump, in an interview with the filmmakers, saying of Stone:

He loves the game. He has fund with it. And he’s very good at it

 

The trailer also includes Roger and Alex at a rally the threw outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and where Stone, wearing a Bill Clinton RAPE shirt, designed by Stone and marketed by Jones, led the crowd, through a bullhorn, in “Lock her up,” the chant popularized by Jones.

 

The trailer also, of course, includes some of Stone’s Rules.

“So you made the headlines again?” Matt Lauer said to Stone at the outset of their interview this morning.

Yeah.

Like clockwork.

Here are some highlights from each of the shows.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/862181553190957056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcmgstatesmanpolitics.wordpress.com%2Fwp-admin%2Fpost.php%3Fpost%3D7690%26action%3Dedit

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/862182739071598592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcmgstatesmanpolitics.wordpress.com%2Fwp-admin%2Fpost.php%3Fpost%3D7690%26action%3Dedit

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/862240029313249280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcmgstatesmanpolitics.wordpress.com%2Fwp-admin%2Fpost.php%3Fpost%3D7690%26action%3Dedit

 

And here are some clips from Stone’s even more extensive interview with Chris Cuomo.

Meanwhile, here is Alex Jones on Stone and Comey on Wednesday’s Infowars, transcript courtesy Media Matters.

ALEX JONES (HOST): Obviously I hate to tell folks even the general area where we get our information from concerning the White House, because the media has a big field day with it and then tries to shut off those sources. But I was on the phone very, very late last night talking to multiple sources, and then I called Roger Stone about 11 Texas time, midnight his time, we talked for over an hour and he confirmed a lot of what I was learning from other sources. And of course Roger is one of the only people now that Trump still routinely talks to outside of the White House.

Now I don’t know how much Roger will get into today, but I from my other sources separately have exactly what happened with Comey. Comey was compromised and had been compromised for a long time. And was being clearly manipulated by deep state sources to try to exert pressure onto the White House to have the White House carry out the deep state’s political aims with this whole fake Russia narrative that if they didn’t basically do what John McCain and others wanted they would continue on with hearings and try to impeach the president. So they’re blackmailing the president with this fake Russia narrative. Senator Rand Paul obviously knows all about this, he has come out and said that’s basically what it is as well, said good riddance to Comey.

Comey ignored crimes that were ultramassive. And he followed the orders of the attorney general who was so corrupt she would sit there and meet on airplanes with Bill Clinton on the tarmac while he was under criminal investigation by her agency. Loretta Lynch. That’s one area.

But it’s also the fact that Comey is seen as weak and as very, very manipulative but in a candy ass way. “Lordy, lordy. Lordy, lordy. I didn’t know. Oh my goodness, I had two doors I could go down. I had one door that was coverup and another door that was get involved in the politics and lordy, lordy.”

Comey has the FBI standing in the way of prosecuting the Clintons for being on the Russian payroll, being on the Chinese payroll 50 times what the Russians were. I mean, it’sthe Chinese that are up our you know what. It’s the Chinese that are almost in control of this country in many respects. I mean we are in deep trouble as a sovereign nation.

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JONES: We’re not looking for trouble. We’re not looking for revolution. We’re not looking for bloodbaths. The globalists and their leftist hordes and their “rapeugees” are here to destabilize the west and are trying to push a narrative of violence, and overthrow, and kill the police, and war in the streets, and all this garbage. And we are involved in dereliction of duty if we don’t do something about it. Now they’re saying Trump took a gamble by firing Comey. The Democrats wanted him fired three months ago, now they wake up on the other side of the bed and suddenly they love Comey. Trump has to drop the hammer on them. His attorney general has to start the moves for the indictments right now. So, that’s what needs to happen right now. And then Trump will be the superstar president we need, he restores the republic, which he is already doing economically and militarily. Obviously he’s an American president. We haven’t had that in awhile. Say what you want about him, but that’s why the elites are pissed because we actually got somebody in there that really does care about the interests of this country. All the special interests that have been raping us forever are now freaking out and realizing there’s a new sheriff in town.

ALEX JONES (HOST): Obviously I hate to tell folks even the general area where we get our information from concerning the White House, because the media has a big field day with it and then tries to shut off those sources. But I was on the phone very, very late last night talking to multiple sources, and then I called Roger Stone about 11 Texas time, midnight his time, we talked for over an hour and he confirmed a lot of what I was learning from other sources. And of course Roger is one of the only people now that Trump still routinely talks to outside of the White House.

Now I don’t know how much Roger will get into today, but I from my other sources separately have exactly what happened with Comey. Comey was compromised and had been compromised for a long time. And was being clearly manipulated by deep state sources to try to exert pressure onto the White House to have the White House carry out the deep state’s political aims with this whole fake Russia narrative that if they didn’t basically do what John McCain and others wanted they would continue on with hearings and try to impeach the president. So they’re blackmailing the president with this fake Russia narrative. Senator Rand Paul obviously knows all about this, he has come out and said that’s basically what it is as well, said good riddance to Comey.

Comey ignored crimes that were ultramassive. And he followed the orders of the attorney general who was so corrupt she would sit there and meet on airplanes with Bill Clinton on the tarmac while he was under criminal investigation by her agency. Loretta Lynch. That’s one area.

But it’s also the fact that Comey is seen as weak and as very, very manipulative but in a candy ass way. “Lordy, lordy. Lordy, lordy. I didn’t know. Oh my goodness, I had two doors I could go down. I had one door that was coverup and another door that was get involved in the politics and lordy, lordy.”

Comey has the FBI standing in the way of prosecuting the Clintons for being on the Russian payroll, being on the Chinese payroll 50 times what the Russians were. I mean, it’sthe Chinese that are up our you know what. It’s the Chinese that are almost in control of this country in many respects. I mean we are in deep trouble as a sovereign nation.

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JONES: We’re not looking for trouble. We’re not looking for revolution. We’re not looking for bloodbaths. The globalists and their leftist hordes and their “rapeugees” are here to destabilize the west and are trying to push a narrative of violence, and overthrow, and kill the police, and war in the streets, and all this garbage. And we are involved in dereliction of duty if we don’t do something about it. Now they’re saying Trump took a gamble by firing Comey. The Democrats wanted him fired three months ago, now they wake up on the other side of the bed and suddenly they love Comey. Trump has to drop the hammer on them. His attorney general has to start the moves for the indictments right now. So, that’s what needs to happen right now. And then Trump will be the superstar president we need, he restores the republic, which he is already doing economically and militarily. Obviously he’s an American president. We haven’t had that in awhile. Say what you want about him, but that’s why the elites are pissed because we actually got somebody in there that really does care about the interests of this country. All the special interests that have been raping us forever are now freaking out and realizing there’s a new sheriff in town.

And here is Jones a little later in the day yesterday with Stone on the line from the airport on his way to New York for the Today Show, in which, aside from talking Comey, Stone says that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster  is on the skids and he is on his way out. He has not meshed with the president in terms of his operating style and I do not think he has the president’s confidence in this role. I think he will be appointed to a position for which he is better suited.”

https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones/status/862672755988340736

Huh. Kimberly Guilfoyle.

 

 

 

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/815665990411440130

https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones/status/862697561571852288

After Comey was sacked, there was this.

https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/862179927059255298?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcmgstatesmanpolitics.wordpress.com%2Fwp-admin%2Fpost.php%3Fpost%3D7690%26action%3Dedit

Well, one place, always, is the tattoo on Stone’s back.

 

That’s it, but as a bonus for reading all the way through, here is Italian night with Roger Stone, in which Stone, assuming the mantle of populist chef and following on “the popularity of a recent video in which I put together my quick Friday night marinara sauce for the average American,” reveals the secrets of his seafood linguini, which include throwing the pasta against the wall to see if sticks.

Mangia.