Eric Hananoki

Author ››› Eric Hananoki
  • Trump Ally Roger Stone Has Repeatedly Urged The Killing Of Public Figures

    Stone’s Violent Rhetoric Underscores The Danger Of Giving Him A Media Platform

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Donald Trump ally Roger Stone has repeatedly used his Twitter account to call for the killing of public figures.

    Stone tweeted that Hillary Clinton and George Soros should be “executed,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) should be “shot” for “treason,” and “angry citizens should find and hang” Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-CT). He wrote that former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) “will never be President- I will order a mail-order rifle first.”

    Stone has also fantasized about the deaths of media figures. Stoned tweeted to journalist Jill Abramson, “DIE BITCH!”; tweeted about CNN commentator Ana Navarro “killing herself”; and wrote of Fox News commentator Ed Rollins: “Ed Rollins is on FOX ? If he isn't dead he should be #hack #loser #fraud.”

    Stone is a longtime adviser and confidant to Trump. He now heads a pro-Trump super PAC and has pledged to disclose the hotels and room numbers of Republican National Convention delegates who are purportedly trying to "steal" the nomination from Trump. Stone’s plan has been heavily criticized for potentially inciting violence; Stone denies this, claiming, “I renounce violence.”

    Media Matters and the conservative Media Research Center have both called on media outlets to keep Stone off of their airwaves. MSNBC and CNN have both banned Stone as a guest.

    In July 2014, Stone tweeted that Hillary Clinton should be “executed for murder”:

    Stone tweeted that Sen. Bernie Sanders should be “arrested for treason and shot,” as Media Matters previously documented:

    Stone wrote that philanthropist and businessman George Soros (who has donated to Media Matters) should be “executed”:

    Stone reacted to the news of GE moving from Connecticut by stating that “angry citizens should find and hang” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) :

    Stone tweeted: “Religious fanatic Rick Santorum will never be President- I will order a mail-order rifle first.” Stone frequently writes about the John F. Kennedy assassination; the Warren Commission ruled that Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy with a mail-order rifle.

  • Trump Ally Roger Stone Advocated Killing Bernie Sanders "For Treason”

    Trump And Stone Are Now Making A Play For Sanders Voters

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI


    Donald Trump ally Roger Stone tweeted in 2014 that Sen. Bernie Sanders is a "Soviet Agent" who "should be arrested for treason and shot." Stone and decades-long friend Trump have recently been courting Sanders supporters to back the Republican front-runner in the general election.

    Stone is a longtime adviser and confidant to Trump. He now heads a pro-Trump super PAC and has stirred controversy by promising to disclose the hotels and room numbers of Republican National Convention delegates who are purportedly trying to "steal" the nomination from Trump.

    Stone has a history of violent rhetoric. He suggested he wants "to bash Bill O'Reilly's head in," offered a bounty to anyone who “punches out Chris Matthews,” told journalist Jill Abramson to “DIE BITCH!,” fantasized about CNN commentator Ana Navarro “killing herself,” and said he’d “kick in” money to see Hillary Clinton kill herself.

    He tweeted in April 2014: "Soviet Agent Bernie Saunders [sic], Should be arrested for treason and shot”: 

    Stone also repeatedly tweeted that the Founding Fathers would have beaten up Sanders:

    Trump recently tweeted that “Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats—both with delegates & otherwise. He should show them, and run as an Independent!” The Republican made similar remarks during his April 26 victory speech. (The Sanders campaign has rejected Trump’s suggestion.) Trump also said on MSNBC that "Sanders has a message that's interesting. I'm going to be taking a lot of the things that Bernie said and using them.”

    During an April 27 appearance on The Alex Jones Show, Stone made a play for Sanders voters by claiming Trump has a “very strong appeal to more than a third of the Bernie Sanders voters” because they are “blue-collar folks who have been left out by the New World Order economy.” (Alex Jones previously suggested Sanders supporters “need to have" their "jaws broken.”)

    Stone said in August 2015 that Sanders and Trump shared similarities, claiming: “I’m 100 percent for Trump, and I must tell you I like Bernie Sanders, even though his philosophy is different than mine. Both these candidates are outsiders, both these candidates are nonestablishment candidates.”

  • UPDATED: Roger Stone Heavily Plagiarized An Anti-Cruz Piece For The Daily Caller

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    UPDATE: Following the publication of this post, The Daily Caller removed Stone’s piece from its website. A link to the piece currently redirects to the site's mainpage. There is currently no explanation for the removal. Stone’s author page also no longer lists the April 25 piece. A screenshot of the article can be found here via Google cache.

    ORIGINAL: Donald Trump ally Roger Stone wrote an anti-Ted Cruz piece for The Daily Caller that contains at least five paragraphs in which research and language was lifted from a conservative blog. Stone did not attribute or credit the blog, instead passing the research off as his own.

    Stone is a longtime adviser and friend to Trump. He now heads a pro-Trump super PAC and has stirred controversy by promising to disclose the hotels and room numbers of Republican National Convention delegates who are purportedly trying to "steal" the nomination from Trump. Stone has a long history of dirty tricks and smears.

    Stone, “The Daily Caller's Men's Fashion Editor,” wrote an April 25 piece attacking "establishment globalist" Cruz for selling “the American worker down the river by voting for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” 

    Much of Stone’s piece previously appeared in a November 11 blog post authored by “sundance” for the blog The Conservative Tree House (the piece was reposted several times on that blog in subsequent months). 

    Stone is aware of The Conservative Tree House blog, having previously tweeted out links to the blog and citing it in an April 8 Daily Caller piece on conservative pundits allegedly supporting Cruz “for the money.” In that piece, Stone cited “a blogger identified simply as ‘sundance’” “in an article posted on TheConservativeTreeHouse.com.”

    Here is a side-by-side visual of Stone’s piece and The Conservative Tree House post (click here to view a larger image). Five consecutive paragraphs in Stone's piece plagiarize content from a lengthy section of the piece at The Conservative Treehouse blog: 

    Here are five examples from the piece where Stone lifted language and research from The Conservative Tree House post without any attribution (the only link included in Stone's piece matches a link also used in The Conservative Treehouse post). The instances where the language is virtually identical are bolded.

    Example 1:

    Stone wrote:

    House Bill #2146 became the Trojan horse for passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal more than a year ago. HR2146 was originally introduced in the House to remedy problems with law enforcement and firefighter retirement funds.

    Sundance wrote:

    This House Bill #2146 originating April 30th ’15, became the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

    HR2146 was originally introduced in the House of Representatives as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters.

    Example 2:

    Stone wrote:

    In April of 2015, Senator Ted Cruz and House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan supported TPA being added to HR2146. In fact, they penned an op-ed in the in the [sic] Wall Street Journal on April 22, 2015, which painted a picture of it as the savior of American labor and commerce.

    Sundance wrote:

    In April of 2015 Senator Ted Cruz and House Ways and Means Chairman, Representative Paul Ryan, supported TPA being added to HR2146.  Their support was most notable when they posted the following Op-Ed which appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 22nd:

    Example 3:

    Stone wrote:

    On June 4th 2015 the Senate passed the House bill with an amendment adding TPA (thanks to Ted Cruz) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA, needed for Elizabeth Warren coalition) by unanimous consent thereby avoiding a roll vote on record. This has allowed Cruz to pretend he didn’t support it, until now.

    Sundance wrote:

    As planned, on June 4th 2015 The senate passed the house bill “with changes” notably an amendment “adding TPA” (thanks to Ted Cruz) and TAA (needed for Elizabeth Warren coalition) By unanimous consent thereby avoiding a roll vote on record. 

    Example 4:

    Stone wrote:

    On June 18, 2015, the House accepted the TPA change championed by Paul Ryan. It also removed TAA (the financial assistance package for training of union workers), which greatly upset Nancy Pelosi. But the White House was much more concerned with TPA and TPP, so Pelosi did what she was told and went along.

    Sundance wrote:

    On June 18, 2015 the House accepted the TPA change (Paul Ryan spearhead) and removed TAA (the financial assistance package for training of union workers – this angered the Pelosi Dems).  Nancy Pelosi had to be arm twisted by the White House to go along with HR2146 with TAA spending removed – she acquiesced.

    Example 5:

    Stone wrote:

    Without TAA, HR2146 passed again in the House and bounced back to the Senate — where TAA was removed. OnJune 24 [sic], HR2146 (TPA without TAA) then passed the Senate. 

    Sundance wrote:

    Without TAA HR2146 passed again in the House, only this time with a much closer vote of 218-208, and went back to the Senate to resolve differences.  (The difference was the removal of TAA)

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2146

    On June 24th HR2146 (TPA without TAA) Then passed the Senate (Ted Cruz did not attempt to block or filibuster because this was the original plan all along). 

  • Here Are More Sexist And Racist Tweets Trump Ally Roger Stone Might Want To Delete

    Stone Tweets: “Nigga,” “Mandingo,” “House Negro,” “Uncle Tom,” “Lesbian Dwarf,” “Tranny"

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Donald Trump ally Roger Stone has acknowledged deleting tweets spotted by Media Matters that “were excessive” and “intemperate.” Despite the mass deletions, Stone’s Twitter account is still a cesspool of crude, sexist, and racist commentary.

    Stone previously tweeted (among many other things) that commentator Roland Martin is a "stupid negro" and a "fat negro," New York Times columnist Gail Collins is an "elitist c*nt," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is "Rachel the muff-diver," Fox News’ Megyn Kelly has a "nice set of cans,” and Fox's Allen West is an "arrogant know-it-all negro." He mocked writer Charles Krauthammer for being paralyzed, and tweeted "DIE BITCH" at former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.

    Stone deleted many of the tweets that were documented by Media Matters and later acknowledged removing them, saying that they “were excessive” and “were perhaps intemperate, but I, of course, vehemently deny that they were either racist or sexist.”

    Further review of Stone’s account found numerous other racist and sexist tweets, including attacks labeling media and political figures as “disgusting lesbian dwarf,” “horse-faced liberal bitch,” “mandingo,” and “house negro.” Stone also asked if Ben Carson was an “Uncle Tom,” referred to himself as a “nigga” with a Nixon tattoo, called Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) a “jap” (acronym for "Jewish American Princess") and “every man’s first wife,” and said he would kill himself if he was married to “screechy” and “shrill” Carly Fiorina.

    Here are those yet-to-be-deleted tweets:

  • Movie Producer And Son Of Phillies Co-Owner Is The Big Donor Behind Roger Stone’s Controversial Group

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Roger Stone’s pro-Trump super PAC raised roughly $310,000 in the first quarter of this year, with approximately 80 percent of the money coming from television and film producer John P. Middleton. Stone previously pledged his group would be “funded by small donors.”

    Stone is a longtime Trump friend and ally who heads the super PAC Committee to Restore America's Greatness. He is also involved with the newly formed and related 527 group Stop The Steal. Stone and the super PAC have been claiming that Republicans are attempting to “steal” the GOP presidential nomination from Donald Trump; they are also spreading false claims that Trump has been the victim of election fraud. Stone has come under heavy criticism for his plan to release the hotel room numbers of delegates who are purportedly stealing the nomination.

    The Committee to Restore America’s Greatness recently filed its quarterly report with the Federal Election Commission. The group states that it raised $310,806 from January through March, while spending $191,063.

    John P. Middleton gave the group $250,000 this year, accounting for roughly 80 percent of its total receipts. (Middleton gave $100,000 total and John Powers Middleton Companies gave $150,000.) Middleton, the son of Philadelphia Phillies co-owner John S. Middleton, is a regular Republican donor and activist. He works in the television and film industry and co-produced The Lego Movie and executive produced Run All Night, Bates Motel, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Middleton has promoted Trump on his Twitter account.

    Middleton is supporting Stone despite the consultant’s virulent attacks against the Bush family. Middleton hosted a 2015 fundraiser for a super PAC supporting Jeb Bush. Stone has said that Jeb and the Bush “crime family” ran drugs in Latin America; claimed the Bush family was behind the attempted assassination of President Reagan; and attacked Barbara Bush for being “shit face drunk.”  

    When he helped form Committee to Restore America's Greatness last year, Stone pledged the group would be funded by small donors, telling the Associated Press: "I don't expect large contributions from anybody. This will be funded by small donors who are opposed to Marco Rubio and the establishment Republican candidates.” At the time, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski -- a target of Stone criticism -- called the group "a big-league scam.” Lewandowski’s power in the campaign now appears to have been diminished with the ascendancy of Stone’s former business partner and friend Paul Manafort.

    The PAC disbursed $84,000 to a Florida business called Citroen Associates. Citroen is owned by John Paul Kakanis, who is also the registered agent for Roger Stone Exploratory Committee LLC (Stone had explored a run for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat). Citroen received money for “voter fraud research and documentation.”

    The group also spent money on advertising with WND.com ($5,093) and Newsmax ($5,230).

  • Questioned By Media Matters, Roger Stone "Vehemently" Denies His "Negro" And "C*nt" Tweets Were Racist And Sexist

    Blog ››› ››› JOE STRUPP & ERIC HANANOKI

    Questioned by Media Matters, Roger Stone acknowledged that he deleted a series of sexist and racist tweets he had sent about media figures, but “vehemently” denied that they were actually sexist and racist. The Trump ally also criticized the media outlets that banned him over his crude commentary, and said he has “no idea” why Fox News host Megyn Kelly -- who has a “nice set of cans,” according to an old Stone tweet -- has not hosted him on her program recently.

    Media Matters reporter Joe Strupp interviewed Stone before he spoke Monday at New York City’s Federal Hall National Memorial for City & State’s Great Debate. Stone heads the pro-Trump super PAC Committee to Restore America's Greatness and has been under fire for his plan to disclose the hotel room numbers of Republican convention delegates who are purportedly trying to steal the nomination from Trump.

    Stone has also been criticized by conservatives and liberals for his outrageous tweets targeting media figures. He wrote (among many other things) that commentator Roland Martin is a "stupid negro" and a "fat negro," New York Times columnist Gail Collins is an "elitist c*nt," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is "Rachel the muff-diver," CNN's Ana Navarro is “Borderline retarded” and an “Entitled Diva Bitch,” and Fox's Allen West is an "arrogant know-it-all negro." He mocked writer Charles Krauthammer for being paralyzed, and tweeted "DIE BITCH" at former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.

    CNN and MSNBC have both banned Stone from their airwaves. Stone has pointed the finger at the “book burners at Media Matters for the bans.

    Stone has since deleted many of those tweets. Asked by Media Matters at the Great Debate event about removing the tweets, Stone said, “Some of them were perhaps intemperate, but I, of course, vehemently deny that they were either racist or sexist.”

    While Stone has not been banned from Fox, he hasn’t appeared on Kelly’s program in two months. Stone was formerly a regular guest on The Kelly File, having appeared on the show four times in January and February (February 19February 10February 1, and January 21), according to a Nexis transcript search. The appearances stopped after news surfaced about Stone’s crude Twitter attacks, which were first noted by Media Matters on February 22 and 23.

    On the February 28 edition of Fox News’ Media Buzz, host Howard Kurtz noted that “Stone, who has also appeared on Fox News in recent months, has made disparaging physical comments about Megyn Kelly and Charles Krauthammer in the past.” He added that “Stone should be asked about these tweets the next time he shows up on Fox.”

    Stone acknowledged to Media Matters he hasn’t appeared on The Kelly File in a while, but said he had “no idea” if Kelly had been barring him from appearing on the show. Stone has recently tweeted at Kelly asking to appear on her program. He has continued to appear on other Fox News and Fox Business programming.  

    Back in 2011, Stone tweeted (and recently deleted) that Kelly has a "nice set of cans.” In response to a 2013 question from FishbowlDC about whom he would pick to have dinner with -- "NBC’s Brian Williams, CNN’s Roland Martin, ABC’s Sherri Shepherd or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly" -- Stone picked Kelly because she’s “hot." Last month he tweeted his desire to take her out for a drink.

    Stone told Media Matters that any media organization that bans him “exposes that they're not a media organization.” But the Trump backer said he wasn’t upset about his cable news bans, concluding that “there are dozens of other media outlets.”

    Stone is still a fixture on fringe conservative radio, including appearing as a regular guest on Alex Jones’ conspiracy show.

  • When Roger Stone “Physically And Verbally” Lashed Out At A Reporter Who Came To His Door

    Stone Is Now Urging People To Visit The Hotel Rooms Of Anti-Trump Delegates

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Donald Trump ally Roger Stone is urging Trump supporters to visit the hotel rooms of delegates at the Republican convention “to discuss” how they’re allegedly stealing the presidential nomination from Trump. Two years ago, Stone “attacked physically and verbally” when a reporter came to his door to interview him about a government tax lien against him.

    In June 2014, WPLG investigative reporter Bob Norman went to “Stone's rented house in Broward County to ask him about a $1.5 million lien filed against him by the federal government alleging he's failed to pay income taxes.”

    The Miami-based ABC affiliate then captured Stone on camera verbally and physically lashing out at the news crew. As Norman noted, “Stone, while sitting in a Jaguar in his driveway, clenched his teeth and struck out in an apparent attempt to knock down a camera held by Local 10 photographer Bob Palumbo. After Stone struck the camera he told Norman to leave his property. Shortly thereafter, Stone drove away flashing an obscene sign.” During the exchange, Norman told Stone, “You know that’s assault, right?”

    Watch Norman’s June 10, 2014, report:

    Norman reported two days later that Stone aimed “dirty tricks” at him with accusations that Norman was drunk and “wanted by police.”

    Later that day, Stone fed his spin to a small Deerfield Beach blog which alleged that Norman "reeked of alcohol" and was "drunken" during his encounter with Stone. He's quoted in the blog post calling Norman a "psycho," among several other loaded names. He also claimed Norman "snapped" and that he "accosted" his wife.

    The video shows that it was Stone who lashed out at the camera and his wife, who tried to hit him with a car cover for his Jaguar.

    After a letter from a Local 10 attorney, the blog post was taken down and retracted, but Stone does much of his name calling in Broward on the Broward Bugle, a campaign and propaganda website for Israel that he founded in 2012 with current BSO general counsel Ron Gunzburger.

    Many people (including conservatives) have condemned Stone’s plan as reckless and potentially dangerous. Stone has claimed that he’s urged people to engage in “peaceful, nonviolent protest” against anti-Trump delegates.

  • Ted Cruz Is Right To Question Roger Stone’s Close Ties To The Trump Campaign

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he believes that Roger Stone is the Trump campaign’s “outside henchman” and “dirty trickster.” Stone has numerous connections to the Trump campaign: He speaks frequently with Trump, has “spoken on his behalf,” heads a super PAC supporting the front-runner, helped place his business partner to a top campaign position, and feeds strategy to the candidate.

    During an April 13 CNN town hall special, Cruz repeatedly criticized Trump’s association with Stone. Cruz said that Stone “was threatening to out the hotel rooms of delegates who dared to cross Trump so they could be intimidated.” He added that Stone is “their outside henchman. They use him for their dirty work.”

    On an April 12 appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio program, Cruz criticized Trump for “associating himself” with “dirty trickster” Stone.  

    Stone has drawn criticism from both conservatives and liberals for his racist and sexist attacks. Media Matters and the Media Research Center have called on media outlets to keep Stone off the airwaves.

    Stone is a longtime Trump friend and adviser. He told one interviewer that “Trump has been my friend for 35 years. … He went to my wedding when I got married. I went to two out of three of his weddings. I was at both his parents’ funerals and wakes, his brother-in-law’s wake.”

    Stone does not have an official paid role with the campaign, having left in August following a dispute over tactics. But that has not stopped Stone from continuing to help Trump and his campaign through other avenues. Here are five examples.

    Stone Heads A Pro-Trump Super PAC

    In mid-December, Stone helped organize the super PAC Committee to Restore America’s Greatness. The group is dedicated to stopping Republicans from allegedly stealing the nomination from Trump at the Republican convention.

    Emails sent by Stone for the group tout his insider connections. A February 5 fundraising email by Stone stated that “I am a veteran of nine national Republican presidential campaigns starting with Nixon, working for Reagan, helping Senator Bob Dole, and working for current presidential front-runner Donald Trump. I have been a friend and adviser to Donald Trump for 37 years, since we met in Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign. I chaired Trump's Presidential Exploratory Committee in 2000 and wanted him to run in 2012.”

    Stone And Trump “Talk On A Semi-Regular Basis”

    In September, Stone told TPM that he and Trump "talk. I have not signed on with any super PAC so I have no prohibition. … We talk on a semi-regular basis and it’s cordial. But I have no formal — I resigned any formal role. We just talk politics.”

    Stone has repeatedly mentioned his talks with Trump both before and after signing on with a super PAC. For instance:

    • In a November 10 interview with City & State, Stone remarked that “I just got off the phone with Trump about 20 minutes ago.”
    • During a February 28 interview, Stone friend and ally Alex Jones introduced Stone by saying his guest had just talked to Trump for "45 minutes." On February 22, Jones said that Stone is “the shadow manager of Trump's campaign.”
    • During a March 1 appearance on WIOD's Fernand R. Amandi, Stone said he "spoke to the candidate last night" but wouldn’t divulge what they talked about.
    • In a March 30 GQ interview, Stone said he talks with Trump “from time to time. … We just have a rhythm. More often than that, but not every day, not every other day.”

    Stone Helped Place His Longtime Friend As Trump’s Top Aide

    Stone reportedly introduced and recommended Paul Manafort, Trump’s new top campaign aide, to the business magnate. On April 6, Stone said of their relationship: “My partner Paul Manafort, partner of 15 years, a friend of mine of almost 50 years, someone I’ve known since childhood, is without any question the single best convention organizer and strategist in the country.” Stone was a partner with Manafort in the lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly.

    Stone Has Helped Trump On Campaign Strategy And Outreach

    In December and January, Trump attacked Hillary Clinton for allegedly being an "enabler" of "one of the great woman abusers of all time," President Bill Clinton. He then sourced his attacks to Stone’s book The Clinton's War on Women. Media outlets noted at the time that Trump was seizing on Stone’s line of attacks. Stone also suggested that Trump was using his research: “I think The Donald gave a subliminal plug to my book The Clintons’ War on Women, which is all the opposition research needed to beat Hillary.”

    In December, Trump appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ program. During the appearance, Trump praised the 9/11 conspiracy theorist as having an "amazing" reputation and promised, "I will not let you down." Trump took time out from the interview to thank Stone for his help. Jones said that Stone “helped get this interview set up.” Trump responded that Stone is “a good guy" and "a patriot,” and “he’s been so loyal and so wonderful and he is the one, he really wanted me to do this interview. And I'm doing it, so we appreciate it, Roger.”

    Stone On Trump: “I Have Spoken On His Behalf”

    On a December 6 radio program, Stone said that “I remain a strong supporter of Trump’s. I have spoken on his behalf even though we disagree on some issues.” Stone also boasts about defending Trump in the media in tweets and in fundraising emails, writing in one: “You have seen me talk about my support for Donald Trump on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Newsmax, and The Today Show, as well as Morning Joe.”

  • Trump Ally Roger Stone Writing Entire Book Alleging That The Clintons Secretly Murdered JFK Jr.

    Stone: JFK Jr. “Was Murdered By The Clintons Because He Was In The Way”

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Roger Stone is writing a book based on his conspiracy theory that the Clintons murdered John F. Kennedy Jr. Stone is an longtime ally and friend of Donald Trump, who has previously used the discredited operative's research in attacks against the Clintons.

    Stone worked as a top political aide to Trump's presidential campaign before exiting in August. Stone is a notorious "dirty trickster" who formed the anti-Hillary Clinton group C.U.N.T. in 2008 and has spent much of the 2016 cycle pushing smears about the Clintons. He has a history of using racist and sexist attacks against media figures, and was recently banned by CNN and MSNBC. He currently heads the pro-Trump super PAC Committee to Restore America's Greatness and is a frequent Trump supporter in the media. Stone has been under heavy criticism recently because of his stated plan to "disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in" allegedly stealing the nomination from Trump at the Republican convention.

    Stone last month appeared on the internet radio show of fringe conspiracy theorist James Fetzer, who believes the Holocaust, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and 9/11 attacks were faked. During a brief aside, Stone mentioned he was writing books about Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and the alleged murder of John F. Kennedy Jr. “by the Clintons”:

    ROGER STONE: I have coming up next year a book which I make the case that John F. Kennedy Jr. was murdered. And he was murdered by the Clintons because he was in the way. Now I have extraordinary new evidence that nobody else has seen.  

    Fetzer later told Stone that JFK Jr. was assassinated and offered to give Stone “leads” proving it. Stone responded, “That’s great to know, Jim. As you know, there’s really nobody in the researcher community that I respect more than you.”

    JFK Jr. died after a plane he was piloting crashed in July 1999. The National Transportation Safety Board found that his plane crash was an accident and the probable cause was the “pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation. Factors in the accident were haze and the dark night."

    Trump has sourced some of his attacks against the Clintons to Stone. During a January 5 appearance on Fox News' Hannity, host Sean Hannity asked Trump about calling Hillary Clinton an "enabler" of "one of the great woman abusers of all time," President Bill Clinton. Trump responded by referencing Stone’s book The Clintons’ War on Women, stating that "a major book's been written about it, and it's a book that's a very well respected book. And it was not a pretty picture, what she did." Stone co-authored the book with fringe conspiracy theorist Robert Morrow. 

    The New York Times noted in December that Trump “appears to be taking a page from the playbook of his former political adviser Roger Stone” with his attacks on the Clintons.  

    In October, Trump tweeted a link to Stone’s The Clintons’ War on Women book and commented, “The latest book on Hillary—Wow, a really tough one!” Stone has said that he and Trump talk “From time to time. … We're still talking politics. I'm involved with a PAC that is specifically doing one narrow thing, which is collecting evidence of voter fraud.”

    Stone previously wrote that the Clintons did not murder JFK Jr. In The Clintons’ War on Women, Stone argued the Clintons are “plausibly responsible” for the deaths of roughly 40 people, but added, “They are not responsible for the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr., as some researchers have claimed”: 

    There is no question that some Clinton critics are excessive. There are widespread claims that the Clintons are responsible for the death of as many as eighty-three people whose knowledge stood in the way of their political ascent. Based on our investigation, the Clintons are only plausibly responsible for the deaths of half the people on this list. They are not responsible for the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr., as some researchers have claimed, though the number of individuals who are both knowledgeable of and pivotal to the Clintons’ grasp for power who die in plane crashes defies mathematical odds.

    During a March 9 appearance on the internet-based program Caravan to Midnight, Stone said JFK Jr. was murdered and “almost everything you’ve been told about his plane crash and death is false or embellished or cooked.”

    Last year, Stone tweeted that “The MURDER of JFK, Jr. will be the subject of my next book #Clintons #guilty” and “JFK Jr was planning on running for NY Senate seat @HillaryClinton wanted. Poor bastard.”

  • Roger Stone Heavily Praised Author Who Claims Holocaust, Sandy Hook, And 9/11 Were Faked

    Stone On James Fetzer: “Nobody In The Researcher Community That I Respect More”

    ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Donald Trump ally Roger Stone last month appeared on James Fetzer’s internet radio show and said there’s “nobody in the researcher community that I respect more.” Fetzer is a fringe conspiracy theorist who has claimed that the Holocaust, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and 9/11 attacks were faked. During the interview, Stone said he plans to ask for a 9/11 “reading list” from Fetzer to “get myself educated” -- as soon as he’s done with the manuscript of his book alleging the Clintons murdered John F. Kennedy Jr.