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  • Why You Can't Believe Anything Roger Stone Says: Dick Morris Edition

    Stone Praises “Very Bright” Anti-Clinton Pundit After Previously Saying Morris Has “No Credibility” And “Is Full Of Shit”

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    Donald Trump ally Roger Stone praised pundit Dick Morris as “a very, very bright guy” who is “largely credible” because of his anti-Clinton work. But in previous election cycles, Stone declared that “raging asshole” Morris has “no credibility,” “is full of shit,” “would work for Hitler if it paid,” and should be shot.

    Stone’s disingenuous praise is just another example of why reporters shouldn’t take anything he says at face value.

    Stone is a longtime friend and ally of Trump who heads a pro-Trump super PAC after leaving his campaign last year. He participated in a May 26 Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) in the Donald Trump subreddit. Stone’s talk streamed live through Infowars.com, the main website of Trump ally and conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones. Stone regularly appears on Jones’ program to rally support for Trump.

    During the AMA, Stone was asked for his opinion about former Clinton adviser turned anti-Clinton conservative pundit Dick Morris. Morris spent much of the post-Clinton White House years working for Fox News, where he became infamous for his countless ethical violations, inaccurate electoral predictions, and offensive, false, and dishonest comments. Morris predicted Mitt Romney would win the 2012 election in a “landslide,” and his Fox contract was not renewed in 2013.

    Morris now regularly appears on Newsmax TV and writes a column for The Hill, a source of embarrassment for legitimate journalists at the Capitol Hill publication. Morris has used his remaining media perches to tout Trump’s electoral chances and criticize Hillary Clinton. Morris’ columns for The Hill and his website include such headlines as, “Trump can win,” “Hillary's women problem,” and “Hillary's BlackBerry: A Microphone For Espionage.”

    Stone praised Morris during the AMA as “a very, very engaging and bright guy” and “a conservative.” He said that while Morris “has been wrong about some things,” when it “comes to the Clintons, he was in close. He did work on their gubernatorial campaigns. He saw the interplay in their dysfunctional relationship. And I think he's largely credible.”

    ROGER STONE: I know Dick Morris. Dick is a very, very engaging and bright guy. He is a charming companion. He has an extraordinary knowledge of fine French wines. Of course, his political birthright is working for Adlai Stevenson as a child, supporting George McGovern, electing odious characters like Jerry Nadler to Congress. But somewhere along the way, I guess Dick found religion and today he is a conservative. Someone actually told me that he is an evangelical Christian. He's a very, very bright guy. Although I agree with Bill Clinton. Dick has 10 ideas, eight of them will absolutely blow up in your face. And the other two are brilliant. So he's a very smart guy, he's got a lot of experience. He is, I think he has been wrong about some things, but when it comes to the Clintons, he was in close. He did work on their gubernatorial campaigns. He saw the interplay in their dysfunctional relationship. And I think he's largely credible.

    Stone previously called Morris a “raging asshole,” a “fraud,” “NOT a conservative,” and an “odious little creep.” He said Morris has “no credibility,” “is full of shit,” “would work for Hitler if it paid,” and isn’t even like “a stopped clock---he isn't even right twice a day.” He added that “someone just needs to shoot Dick Morris,” “Those who RT [retweet] Dick Morris should be put to death with the Taliban,” and “Maybe we could make a deal to turn Dick Morris over to the Muslim Brotherhood in return for peace.”

    Here are 20 tweets Stone has written about Dick Morris in the years before this election cycle.

  • Vince Foster’s Sister In Wash. Post: “Trump Should Be Ashamed” For Pushing Murder Conspiracy Theory

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    The sister of late White House deputy counsel Vince Foster wrote a Washington Post op-ed strongly condemning presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for reviving the conspiracy theory that the Clintons killed her brother.

    Trump recently told the Post that the circumstances of Foster’s death were “very fishy” and Foster “knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide.”

    Sheila Foster Anthony responded to Trump’s “wrong,” “irresponsible,” and “cruel” remarks in a May 26 piece headlined, "Vince Foster was my brother. Donald Trump should be ashamed." She wrote: “For Trump to raise these theories again for political advantage is wrong. I cannot let such craven behavior pass without a response.”

    She noted that five investigations concluded that Foster’s death was a suicide and he “told me he was battling depression” days before he committed suicide.

    “Never for a minute have I doubted that was what happened,” she added.

    Anthony noted that after Foster’s death, she began to read “countless conspiracy theories spun by those who claimed that the Clintons had Vince murdered because he knew something about Whitewater” and “These outrageous suggestions have caused our family untold pain because this issue went on for so long and these reports were so painful to read.”

    Asked about Anthony’s op-ed, Trump today said, “I really know nothing about the Vince Foster situation.” He also claimed it shouldn’t be a part of the campaign “unless some evidence to the contrary of what I’ve seen comes up.”

    Leading conservative media figures and outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News have pushed conspiracy theories about Foster and the Clintons in the years after his death.

    While many reporters condemned Trump’s remarks as “bizarre” and “kooky,” his reference to the Foster conspiracy theory drew praise from fringe conservative media.

    Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones on May 24 claimed “there’s a cover-up going on, so we don’t know what it is, but that’s good for an open investigation with the death. .... The Clintons thought they would just have their past not looked at, but Donald Trump is willing to do it.” Jones is one of Trump’s most vocal allies and has hosted the candidate on his program.

    WND, best known for obsessing over President Obama’s birth certificate, recently claimed that Trump’s conspiracy is “backed by new evidence.” The site’s 2015 “man of the year” was none other than Donald Trump, who called the accolade an “amazing honor.”

  • Fox News Figures Back Contributor Newt Gingrich As Trump’s Running Mate

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    Fox News figures are praising network contributor Newt Gingrich as a “great choice” for Donald Trump’s running mate. They have touted Gingrich -- the first speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to be punished by the House for ethics violations -- as “a genius,” “a conservative with bona fides,” and someone who would “bring tremendous stability, tremendous gravitas, incredible intellect,” and “judgment experience.”  

  • Libel Laws, Threats, Nasty Insults: A Guide To Trump’s War Against The Media

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    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has waged a war against the media that has gone far beyond the bounds of normal media criticism. Trump has pushed a plan to “open up our libel laws” that's been criticized by First Amendment advocates, threatened to retaliate against media outlets with the power of government agencies, issued scathing personal insults against journalists, and repeatedly sued or threatened to sue media figures over trivialities. Trump’s campaign also heavily restricts reporters’ access to events, and his campaign manager allegedly manhandled a reporter and reportedly made “sexual comments” and “unwanted romantic advances” to female reporters.

  • Roger Stone On Potential Trump VP Newt Gingrich: “Pillsbury Doughboy,” Adulterer, Horndog

    Stone Wondered If Gingrich Promised Herman Cain “White Tang” And If They Would “Double Team” Michele Bachmann

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    Donald Trump ally Roger Stone is pushing for Newt Gingrich to be included on Trump’s vice presidential “short list,” calling him “a revolutionary” and “enormously helpful.” Stone’s praise for Gingrich contradicts his many statements slamming the former House Speaker as an adulterer, someone who should be kicked out of the Republican Party, and a "Fatso" who is too overweight to be president. Stone also wrote bizarre tweets imagining “horndorg” (sic) Gingrich promising former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain “all the white tang he can tag” and Gingrich and Cain trying to “double team Michelle [sic] Bachmann.”

    Stone and Trump are longtime friends and associates and talk on a “semi-regular basis.” Stone introduced and recommended top Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort to the candidate. Trump also recently hired pollster Tony Fabrizio, who has a decades-long friendship with Stone (Stone enthusiastically endorsed the move on his Twitter account).

    Stone’s rhetoric is full of falsehoods and contradictions. He is now complimenting Sen. Bernie Sanders and trying to pull his voters to Trump’s side despite previously calling for Sanders’ execution.

    As The Huffington Post noted, Gingrich “has been lately going out of his way to signal interest in the job and his overall ardor for The Donald.” Gingrich, currently a Fox News contributor, said on Fox News Sunday that he’d “be very hard-pressed not to say `yes’” if Trump asked him to join the ticket.  

    Stone recently told National Review that Gingrich should be on Trump’s VP short list, saying that “Newt is a revolutionary” and “loves public service”:

    These days, any Trump World speculation is incomplete without comments from Roger Stone — Trump’s high-profile, long-time, on-again-off-again unofficial consigliere who was called “Donald Trump’s Donald Trump” in a recent Politico interview. When I asked Stone about a Trump-Gingrich ticket he said, “Newt has been enormously helpful defending Trump against the establishment” and that he “should be on Trump’s short list.” Most tellingly, Stone told me that “Newt is a revolutionary, and Trump is leading a revolution.”

    […]

    Roger Stone told me that “Gingrich is a man who loves public service.” And I say, at age 73, he has everything to gain and nothing to lose — except maybe his Fox News contract. Even if a Trump-Gingrich ticket were to lose, Newt’s media profile would have been substantially raised and he could cash in with new television contracts, as an author, and on the speaking circuit.

    Those nice words contrast sharply with what Stone tweeted about Gingrich in the past. 

    Stone previously called Gingrich “Fatso” and “Pillsbury Doughboy” and said “people don’t vote for fat candidates” like Gingrich. He also repeatedly called Gingrich an adulterer, described him as so white he “thinks Wonder Bread is soulfood,” and encouraged the Republican Party to “get rid” of him.

  • Donald Trump Lies About Relationship With Roger Stone

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    Donald Trump dishonestly claimed he has “nothing to do with” his longtime ally Roger Stone and feigned ignorance of Stone’s anti-Clinton book The Clintons’ War on Women. But Trump and Stone have an ongoing, decades-long association, and Trump previously promoted and praised Stone’s book.

    The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi wrote a May 13 piece noting that Trump’s attacks on the Clintons are coming from “Hillary fan fiction” and “the exhaustive works of longtime acquaintances of Donald Trump who, intentionally or not, have written the foundational texts for the Republican nominee’s case against Hillary Clinton.” Nuzzi wrote that Stone’s book amounts “to a treasure trove of opposition research for Trump.”

    New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd tweeted that she asked Trump about the article’s contentions and Trump distanced himself from Stone’s book. "I have nothing to do with Roger Stone, he doesn’t work for me. What did he do? He did a book?" Trump reportedly told Dowd.

    Stone responded to Dowd by tweeting, “deniability.”

    Trump’s response is yet another lie from the candidate. He's frequently collaborated with Stone and knows all about his book.

    In October, Trump tweeted a link to the Amazon.com page for Stone’s book and commented, “The latest book on Hillary—Wow, a really tough one!”

    Trump alluded to the book and its claims during a January Fox News appearance. Sean Hannity asked Trump about calling Hillary Clinton an "enabler" for former President Bill Clinton, who Trump called "one of the great woman abusers of all time." Trump relied 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 and Trump are longtime friends and associates. Stone said he’s known Trump for “almost 40 years” and that the business magnate “went to my wedding when I got married. I went to two out of three of his weddings.” Stone also spent many years working as a Trump lobbyist, chaired his 2000 presidential exploratory committee, and worked for Trump’s campaign last year. Stone also introduced and recommended top Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort to the candidate. Stone himself said he talks to Trump on a “semi-regular basis.”

    While speaking on the show of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Trump said Stone is “a good guy" and "a patriot” and that “he’s been so loyal and so wonderful.” After Stone was banned from CNN for making disgusting remarks, Trump tweeted: “#RogerStone was just banned by @CNN - their loss! Tough, loyal guy.”

  • White Nationalist Party Director On Trump’s Selection Of Racist Delegate: “We Want To Help As Much As We Can”

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    A director for the white nationalist group whose chairman was selected by the Trump campaign as a delegate to the Republican National Convention said they “want to help” their “friends” at the Trump campaign “as much as we can.”  

    The Trump campaign chose William Daniel Johnson, chairman of the white nationalist American Freedom Party, as a convention delegate from California. After Mother Jones broke the news, the campaign claimed the selection was a "database error.” Johnson has since “said he does not plan to attend the convention and wants to let an alternate delegate serve in his place instead.” Trump previously accepted a $250 donation in September from Johnson and returned it after Media Matters and People for the American Way criticized Trump.

    Johnson previously supported Trump’s candidacy by releasing robocalls in several primary states.

    James Kelso is a director for the American Freedom Party. The Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that Kelso “is an extremely hyper organizer and serial joiner of religious sects and, starting in the 1990s, racist organizations” and is “a key behind-the-scenes operative” for the American Freedom Party. He has written that if he “were part-White or fully non-White I would not reproduce my racial type,” and advocates against "breeding mixed-race children." 

    Kelso hosts the daily one-hour program The Trump Phenomenon, which is supported by the American Freedom Party. During his May 10 broadcast, Kelso reacted to news of Johnson’s delegate selection by saying white nationalists are committed to helping Trump “as much as we can” without creating “any problems for any of our friends in this tremendous Trump phenomenon”:

    JAMES KELSO: We’re amazed at the very huge Donald Trump phenomenon. And so we have an interesting, you could say, an interesting relationship where we want to help as much as we can. We don’t want to hurt at all. We don’t want to create any problems for the Trump campaign. So we’re walking a complex path here of finesse and tact and communication skills so that we don’t create any problems for any of our friends in this tremendous Trump phenomenon. And we help as much as we can and our enemies, they will do as they’ve always done.

    Kelso concluded that the attention surrounding Trump has caused a lot of people to notice “that we’re here.”

    Trump’s selection of Johnson is just another in a long series of troubling interactions the presumptive nominee and his campaign have had with the white nationalist movement. Those problems include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily Caller Back To Publishing Roger Stone After Pulling His Plagiarized Piece

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    The Daily Caller published another pro-Donald Trump piece by Roger Stone just weeks after it pulled a piece by Stone that contained heavy plagiarism.

    Stone wrote an April 25 column which featured at least five paragraphs in which research and language were lifted from a conservative blog. Stone did not credit or attribute his writing to the blog. After Media Matters documented the plagiarism, the Daily Caller pulled the piece from its website without any explanation.

    Stone responded to the plagiarism with a nonsensical post on his Facebook page. He called the criticism a “MSM HIT JOB” and posted a statement from a writer named Kelleigh Nelson admitting she “copied it off several sites” and sent it to Stone. Nelson concluded (ellipses in original), “Blaming Roger for plagiarism is idiotic....he got all the info from me...and I put it together to send to him. So blame me...facts are it's all true.”  

    Stone’s May 10 piece accuses Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of extorting and blackmailing Trump. Stone claimed that “Ryan is posturing to get Donald to agree to key terms relating to the congressional committees, congressional candidates and more importantly the RNC. Ryan will endorse Donald, but Donald has to agree that his campaign team will not be influencing these committees and will give the RNC, under Reince [Priebus], autonomy (obviously this means control of the money and spending).” Stone then suggests that Ryan is doing this in part to benefit Republican strategist Karl Rove’s business. Stone made similar claims during an appearance on The Alex Jones Show.

    Stone is a longtime friend and ally of Trump who peddles research that is discredited and false. That the Daily Caller has no problems continuing its relationship with Stone is perhaps unsurprising given the publication’s notoriously low standards that have even embarrassed its own employees.

  • A Comprehensive Guide To Trump Ally Roger Stone, A Racist, Sexist, Conspiracy Theorist

    Stone Has A History Of Dirty Tricks, Violent Rhetoric, Racist Taunts, Sexist Screeds, Fringe Conspiracy Theories, And Discredited Research

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    Roger Stone is a longtime friend and ally of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Stone has a decades-long history of political dirty tricks, and he regularly spouts violent, racist, and sexist rhetoric, including calling Hillary Clinton a “cunt” and advocating her execution. He is a discredited researcher and conspiracy theorist who believes the Clintons and Bushes secretly murdered dozens; the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 is “suspicious”; President Lyndon Johnson killed President John F. Kennedy; President George H.W. Bush tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan; and the Clintons killed John F. Kennedy Jr.   

  • Here's What Happens When Trump Refuses To Denounce His Racist Neo-Nazi Supporters

    Neo-Nazi Website: Trump’s Refusal To Denounce Anti-Semitic Threats Amounts To “Hail Victory, Comrades!”

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    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has thrilled and emboldened his racist online neo-Nazi supporters with his refusal to denounce them in a recent CNN interview.

    Reporter Julia Ioffe recently wrote a profile of Melania Trump for GQ which was criticized by Melania Trump for purportedly being unfair. The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that’s endorsed Trump, responded to Ioffe’s piece by directing followers to “go ahead and send her a tweet and let her know what you think of her dirty kike trickery.”

    What followed was a barrage of anti-Semitic messages and death threats against the reporter. Ioffe told CNN that Trump fans have been sending her “the most obscene, anti-Semitic stuff I have frankly ever seen directed at me in my life.” She “also received a call from someone claiming to be from a company called ‘Overnight Caskets.’ ‘We got an email with your phone number saying you'd need our services,’ Ioffe detailed in a post on her Facebook page.”

    CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed Trump on May 4 and asked if he would denounce the anti-Semitic death threats against Ioffe. Trump refused to condemn the threats, saying he was unaware of them and adding, “I don’t have a message to the fans. A woman wrote a article that was inaccurate.”

    Trump’s refusal to condemn their behavior has thrilled Trump’s neo-Nazi fans. Daily Stormer editor Andrew Anglin responded to the interview with the headline, “Glorious Leader Donald Trump Refuses to Denounce Stormer Troll Army.” He began:

    Asked by the disgusting and evil Jewish parasite Wolf Blitzer to denounce the Stormer Troll Army, The Glorious Leader declined.

    The Jew Wolf was attempting to Stump the Trump, bringing up stormer attacks on Jew terrorist Julia Ioffe. Trump responded to the request with “I have no message to the fans” which might as well have been “Hail Victory, Comrades!”

    The pro-Hitler writer explained that “we are his most ardent supports. We will be on the ground, getting him elected. By the way: You all need to get ready to volunteer. We’re going to need a lot of boots on the ground to ensure the evil bitch Hillary is vanquished from the realm.”

    Anglin -- an ally of fellow Trump supporter David Duke -- then turned his attention to Blitzer, directing followers: “Tell the dirty Jew Wolf Blitzer (זאב ברק) what you think of his diabolical agenda against us and Our Leader: @wolfblitzer.” (A separate Anglin post about the Blitzer interview was headlined, “Glorious Leader Holocausts Filthy Kike Wolf Blitzer.”)

    Trump's campaign has received support from numerous white nationalist groups and leaders, who have used Trump's campaign to recruit followers, fundraise, and spread their message.